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Sunsail Coastal Skipper

Trip Details

Creator Rob CoxView
Type RYAc Coastal Skipper
Start date 31st Mar 2019
Finish date 4th Apr 2019
Destination - A Spinnaker House, Lock Approach, Portsmouth PO6 4UY, UK
Destination - B Spinnaker House, Lock Approach, Portsmouth PO6 4UY, UK

Sunsail’s Coastal Skipper Practical course is the next step on from the RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory courses.

The Coastal Skipper course content is designed to equip students with strong boat handling and navigational skills in tidal waters. It provides them with the knowledge and experience to handle sailing in coastal passages by day and night.

The course includes instruction in passage planning, preparing a yacht for sea (including engine checks and safety briefing), and dealing with emergency situations at sea.

At the core of the Coastal Skipper practical course is the honing and reinforcing of the assertive leadership skills that are key to the making of a safe, confident skipper.

Course syllabus

Passage planning

  • Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the yacht, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy.
  • Know Customs procedures.

Preparation for sea

  • Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages.
  • Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment and engine checks.


  • Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of surroundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations.
  • Can pilot a yacht by day and night.

Passage making and ability as skipper:

  • Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew.
  • Can organise the navigation, deckwork, and domestic duties of a yacht on passage.
  • Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends.
  • Is aware of crew welfare on passage.
  • Can use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes.

Yacht handling under power

  • Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power.
  • All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide.

Yacht handling under sail

  • Characteristics
  • Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space.
  • Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide.
  • Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing.

Adverse weather conditions

  • Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds.
  • Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility.

Emergency situations

  • Recovery of man overboard under power and sail.
  • Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues.
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Trip Boat

Name Sunsail Match F40
Total Berths 8
Home Port Spinnaker House, Lock Approach, Portsmouth PO6 4UY, UK
Model Match First 40
Coded Yes
Area Category 2