RYA Practical Cruising Course

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Isle of Skye Yachts are an RYA approved Training centre offering RYA Practical Cruising Courses. The 5 day courses with an RYA qualified Yachtmaster Instructor will usually take place aboard the Jeanneau SO 379 "Voyager of Sleat".

Course dates
For 2017 there are now places available for five day RYA Courses commencing on; Saturday 6th May or Saturday 16th September. Please get in touch if either of these dates is of interest to you and you would like to reserve a place on the Course.

Sailing area
The courses will start in late afternoon with a briefing and an opportunity to find your way around the yacht, and, a short “shake down” cruise to Mallaig, Loch Nevis, Isle Ornsay or Doune. Depending on the weather, in five days the Instructor may take you North up the Inner Sound to Plockton, Rona and Portree or head south to the Small Isles and Tobermory. At the end of the five days in this wonderful cruising area, as well as learning from the course you will have visited a selection of interesting places and should have had an enjoyable holiday. It is a great opportunity to get a party of friends together to learn to sail or improve their sailing skills on a Course taylor made to your own requirements.

For the courses on 6th May or 16th September the price is £525 per person. Maximum of 4 people.


If there are 2 or more of you in the party we may well be able to arrange other dates on request on a bareboat charter basis with an Instructor. Please contact us if you do have dates in mind or would like to discuss the matter further.

If you would like to extend the Course to seven days to fit in a bit of relaxing sailing as well as working through the Course syllabus or to sit one of the RYA Exams at the end of the Course that is usually possible by arrangement. If you would like to discuss any details of planning a course please contact us by phone or email and we can check out yacht and Instructor availability.


This course is for beginners wishing to build up their sailing skills. It is aimed at people who would like to become active crew rather than just passengers. The Instructor will give a full safety briefing before the first passage, but virtually all the course is hands on. One of the pleasures of this course is that total strangers start working together as a team to make their yacht sail efficiently and look smart. By the end of the course should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in the daily routines on board.

No experience is required prior to this course but you might find it useful to have sailed in a dinghy or on a yacht previously.

This course is for aspiring Skippers who have some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing ability. Each trainee will be asked to Skipper the yacht on a short passage. The instructor will be on hand to give advice and encouragement, and, to ensure that your destination is reached safely. The essential element is that you experience being in charge, taking the credit when all goes well and also being responsible when it doesn’t. The end of each day will usually be spent around the chart table discussing the passages and gaining from each others experiences.

Experience prior to the course should include; Day Skipper Shorebased course and some practical sailing experience including ability to sail a triangular course.

This is an advanced Skippering Course for yachtsmen and women who have considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation and are usually aspiring towards a Certificate of Competence. (CoC) Aspiring Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the week you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster.

Pre-course experience; Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course, 15 days sailing experience (2 as Skipper), 300 miles including 8 night hours.

If you would like to book an external Examiner for either of these CoC's you can arrange this through the RYA website to follow on directly after the course finishes. Please give both RYA and Isle of Skye Yachts as much notice as possible if you would like to do this (minimum 3 weeks).