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4 Weeks
Sydney, Australia
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Yachtmaster Ocean Theory and Passage combines the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean theory course with an exhilarating Pacific Ocean passage.

The passage prepares experienced skippers for the prestigious RYA Yachtmaster Ocean exam and the MCA Master of Yachts 200gt Unrestricted Certificate of Competence.

Course programme

The programme begins with the RYA Yachmaster Ocean Shorebased theory course, where you learn the art of fixing your position using a Sextant, Ocean weather patterns, long distance passage planning and safety, as well as twenty-first-century methods of navigation.

You then set sail onboard Arctos for a 600 mile or more passage across the Tasman Sea to practice using the Sextant and all the sailing, watch keeping and crew management skills needed to undertake an ocean voyage. This passages include a trip from Hobart in Tasmania back to Sydney retracing the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.

If you join our later course in March you will sail from Sydney to the beautiful Lord Howe Island, then back to Sydney


  • Meals on yachts, all safety equipment, publications, tuition.
  • Internal flight from Sydney to Hobart to start the ocean passage.
  • 1,500 sea miles logged.
  • All safety equipment, life jacket, personal EPIRB

Please note The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean oral exam fee is not included, please budget approximately £130 in the UK or $350 in Australia.

You will need to bring your own wet weather jacket, trousers and boots for your Ocean passage

This course is eligible for ELCAS funding.

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
10/12/2018 25/01/2019 Sydney, Australia Available
Price £3,158
Required deposit £500
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£2,571Shared self-catering accommodation
01/04/2019 26/04/2019 Sydney, Australia Available
Price £3,158
Required deposit £500
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

You must be a confident sailor who holds the prerequisites for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence.

Full itinerary

Week 1 – RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

The syllabus includes celestial navigation, ocean currents, meteorology and ocean passage planning. We make sure that you can use a sextant and know how to reduce sun sights and star sights to find your position.

Week 2 – Radio and passage planning

Next is the Long Range (HF) Radio Operators course for long distance communications. The crew then gets together to plan the ocean passage and prepare the boat ready for departure

Weeks 3/4 – Ocean Qualifying passage

Subject to weather forecasts we aim to make a coastal hop to Eden, followed by an ocean passage to the world heritage listed Lord Howe Island. Lord Howe is an absolute jewel in the Pacific with beautiful beaches and a magnificent coral lagoon. The diving and snorkeling are world class and, weather permitting, the crew will spend a couple of days relaxing and exploring the island before we set sail for the passage back to Sydney.

600 nautical miles

Crew members rotate the role of Acting Skipper or Watch Leader, ensuring everyone logs the required 600 nautical mile qualifying passage in a position of responsibility.

Oral exam

The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean assessment is a separate oral exam conducted by arrangement with each candidate individually.


Related courses

To continue your Yachtmaster qualifications, we recommend the Yachtmaster Ocean course.