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Sun 08-10-2023, 12:00Plymouth, UK Fri 13-10-2023, 12:00Plymouth, UK Moosk 5 NightsMK081023

Take your RYA Competent Crew or RYA Day Skipper on a Traditional two masted yawl over 6 days beginning on 8th October 2023. Explore the Devon coast calling into local ports and anchorages. Learn all about navigation, pilotage and how to be an effective crew member.

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  • Vessel


  • Earn a RYA certificate that proves you are a Competent Crew
  • Explore the Devon and Cornwall Coast under Sail
  • Learn the skills to Move up from Dinghies to Yachts
  • Learn How to Sail a Two mast yawl and gaff rigged classic boats
  • Transferable skills whether your next vesselis a modern yacht or a tall ship
  • Learn practical skills from demonstrations and doing
  • consolidate existing sailing experience with professional instructors


Vessel type / Rig Gaff Yawl
Guest Berths 8
Beam 10ft 7in
Draft 7ft 3in
Deck Length 39ft
Overall Length 58ft
Tonnage 16 tons
Year Built 1906
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Voyage Description


The joint course offers advantages to everyone. Both beginners looking for their first RYA qualification as Competent Crew, and the more experienced looking to complete their Day Skipper. Those studying for Competent Crew can, if they have the ability complete sections of the Day Skipper practical syllabus and see what they need to do for the next step up the ladder. Those doing the Day Skipper practical have an enthusiastic crew to work with and you will gain command experience.


  • Earn a RYA certificate that proves you are a Competent Crew
  • Explore the Devon and Cornwall Coast under Sail
  • Learn the skills to Move up from Dinghies to Yachts
  • Learn How to Sail a Two mast yawl and gaff rigged classic boats
  • Transferable skills whether your next vessel is a modern yacht or a tall ship
  • Learn practical skills from demonstrations and doing
  • consolidate existing sailing experience with professional instructors
  • Gain an internationally recognised RYA qualification – if you pass the course
  • A chance to actually be the skipper for short passages (under supervision)
  • Learn how to apply the day skipper theory navigational skills at sea
  • tips on doing it all at once – navigation, sailing and crew safety
  • Improve your leadership skills and the crews confidence in you
  • Explore the Devon and Cornwall Coast under Sail
RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper Practical Sailing on Moosk with Classic Sailing in Cornwall and Devon
You’ll be One of the crew


RYA Competent Crew

We want you to develop a love of sailing, and the best way to make a start on any boat is to feel you are a vital and competent part of the crew. On the RYA Competent crew course, we will teach you the seamanship skills of steering, setting sails, reefing, and tying knots with conviction ! The course is about going places, so you can experience a wide range of sailing experiences:- anchoring in remote bays, mooring in sheltered rivers, coming alongside harbour walls or pontoons, night sailing. The skills you learn will be relevant for modern yachts, but after the RYA Competent Crew course you should also feel at home on traditional boats and tall ships with blocks and tackles. (6 day course. Maximum 5 students to one instructor on any RYA course, fully inclusive prices).

Previous experience for the Competent Crew Course:

None. You can be a complete beginner that has never stepped on a boat before.  

It is also good for those who have done a bit of yacht, keel boat or dinghy sailing and want to be sure they have the basics to sail bigger boats where you can go cruising and live on board. Check out the course Syllabus to see some of the things you will be learning. 

RYA Competent Crew Course Content

  • You will gain knowledge of sea terms and the parts of a boat, the yacht rigging and sails. Practical experience in sail handling, ropework. 
  • Understanding fire precautions and fighting, personal safety equipment, man overboard procedures , emergency equipment, meteorology, seasickness. 
  • Taking part in helmsmanship and  general duties on board. 
  • Plus learning about manners and customs of the sea, rules of the road, and the use of dinghies.

Your Ability after the course: Able to steer the yacht, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines on board.


Moosk underway!

RYA Day Skipper

Skippering a boat is fun, and this RYA day skipper course is about taking your first steps towards taking charge, with the safety net of an instructor on board. Everyone will be given a chance to navigate and take control of “Moosk” on short coastal passages. You will also have plenty of practice at coordinating manoeuvres under sail and power, and learning how to cope with emergencies. Learn big boat watch leader skills on deck, and navigational techniques below with GPS and radar and a large chart table. Successful completion of the RYA day skipper course means you should feel confident enough to tackle short day passages as skipper in tidal waters. It is important that you complete your Day skipper theoretical course before starting your trip in order to make the most of your time afloat practicing what you have learnt. 

When on your RYA Day Skipper course or Competent Crew, your skipper will help you work towards the parts in the RYA logbook and syllabus. Signing up to this course is by no means a guarantee that you will achieve your Day Skipper or Competent Crew qualification as there are many factors which could affect completion, including weather, conditions, student preparation and competence. The crew will try their utmost to work through all of the parts and award you with a certificate at the end to be proud of. 

Previous experience required before booking a Day Skipper Course

Sailing experience – a minimum of 5 previous days at sea on a yacht, covering at least 100 miles and 4 night hours.

Navigation and Theory knowledge – It is assumed that you have theoretical knowledge up to the level of  ‘Day Skipper Theory’ .

Our view at Classic Sailing is that you should be happy tacking and gybing a boat and understand the difference. You need enough wind awareness to trim sails on all points of sailing and steer by the wind, not instruments.

You need a good level of understanding of how to navigate, even if you have not had much chance to put it into practice at sea. The sort of things you will be expected to know will be fixing positions on a chart, working out tidal heights and streams, looking up port information, setting courses to steer, making ‘rules of the road’ decisions based on the COLREGS. If you have experience of this already or have been taught a lot by other sailors, you don’t have to complete a Day Skipper Theory Course to sign up for a Day Skipper Practical Course,  but it increases your chances of passing hugely.


Check the Day Skipper Theory Syllabus


(Day Skipper Theory Course options are approx 40 hours at evening classes or as a taught intensive classroom course….or you can fast track yourself or take as long as you like at home with one of our Day Skipper Theory – distance learning courses)


On Line Day Skipper Theory Courses – Learn Navigation at home



You can do a RYA Course in the UK or abroad, but the Devon and Cornwall coast takes some beating for variety, scenery and challenge. Off the coast of South Devon and Cornwall, the water is deep with a few rocky hazards, but none of the complexity of the Solent sand bars and busy shipping.  Day Skippers can can dip into more challenging pilotage when you enter the ports and estuaries.

Whether you are at beginner level or learning to be the skipper or navigator, this coastline will give you a broad education. The courses are about going places, so you can experience a wide range of sailing experiences:- anchoring in remote bays, mooring in sheltered rivers, coming alongside harbour walls or pontoons, night sailing. 


Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.


We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.


Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.


  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Waterproofs
  • Third Party liability insurance


  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Sleeping Bag, Pillows are provided


Start & End Port

Plymouth, UK

There are several marina docks in Plymouth.

For Pegasus, Johanna Lucretia and Moosk: Please meet at “the Hanger Car Park” in Plymouth Yacht Haven car park, Turnchapel. PL9 9XH (See below for directions – Parking in the marina is free.)

For Grayhound: voyages will start from Mayflower Marina, Richmond Walk. If it is any different you will be informed by the skipper before the day of arrival. She is often the only wooden masted ship in this harbour, so it will be easy to spot her three black masts. Address: Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS. – see info below.

Mayflower Marina – for Grayhound

Mayflower Marina is to the west of the city centre, and has some long pontoons so is often used for our larger vessels. It is only about a 10 minute taxi from Plymouth Railway Station. There is secure parking within the marina for a daily parking fee.

Vehicular access to the marina is restricted by a car park barrier, there is a card reader / intercom pedestal. If you do not have an access fob please follow the instructions on the intercom pedestal.

Car park charges are two hours free then £1 for 1 hour over the free period, £2 for 2 hours over the free period and then £5 for up to 22 hours after the free period. It is requested that the owners of parked cars leave their keys in the marina office in case the car has to be moved for operational reasons.

Mayflower Marina Office 01752 556633 Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS

Plymouth Yacht Haven /Mountbatten Marina / Turnchapel – for Pegasus, Moosk and Johanna Lucretia

This marina has had several changes of name over the years so you may find skippers referring to it as Turnchapel / Mountbatten Marina – Allow at least 25 minutes to get from A38 Marsh Mills Roundabout Plymouth city centre exit road to Turnchapel by car. It does have FREE long term parking in the marina.

If you are travelling by public transport the most direct route is a 10 minute yellow ferry (foot passengers only) from the Barbican Pub straight to Mountbatten next to Plymouth Yacht Haven.  A taxi ride all the way around the Plym estuary would be quite expensive. See Mountbatten Ferry website for ferry mobile phone or enquiries

The postcode for Sat Nav users is PL9 9XH / Google maps


  • Turn left off A38 at Marsh Mills roundabout onto A374 signed Plymouth City Centre.
  • After 1 1/4 mile get into left hand lane and follow signs for Kingsbridge A379.

  • This takes you across Laira Bridge where you will see the first signs for Mount Batten and Turnchapel.

  • After crossing the Laira Bridge, at the first roundabout turn right.

  • At the next roundabout (mini) take the second exit, cross pedestrian lights, and continue straight on until traffic lights at crossroads.
  • Turn right and then go straight through a second set of lights.
  • Keep on this road (for approx 1 1/2 miles) until you come to a roundabout.
  • Turn right into Plymouth Yacht Haven.

View a Map of the location

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Moosk

  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life Jackets and harnesses)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers if required.
  • Pillows
  • All Meals, Cooked Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Refreshments throughout the day.

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end port.
  • You need to bring a sleeping bag
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Meals ashore
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • For RYA Day Skipper you will need to bring a passport sized ID photo in preparation for your RYA Certificate.

What to bring

  • A sleeping bag.
  • A big soft bag, no suitcases please!
  • Pyjamas
  • 2 pairs of warm trousers
  • 2 long sleeve t-shirts
  • 2 light sweatshirts or similar
  • A fleece jacket
  • Plenty of underwear and socks
  • Warm hat and ordinary gloves
  • Wellies or waterproof boots
  • A pair of trainers
  • Swimming kit (if appropriate)
  • Glasses or contact lenses
  • Anti seasickness tablets
  • Wash kit and towel
  • RYA logbook if you have one
  • Sun cream and Sunglasses


Day Skipper Course Review

Very knowledgeable skipper who took the time (with enthusiasm) to impart his knowledge of passage making, pilotage, weather etc.

Anonymous happy customer- July 2023

RYA Courses

What was the best bit?

Everyday there was something to learn and practice

What was the worst bit?

Going home

Why do you sail?

I love the feeling of the wind pushing the sails and being surrounded by traditional design. Learning the ropes and exploring the outdoors is my passion and if there’s wildlife involved I’m in heaven!!

Any other comments

Ollie is an extremely talented instructor. His temperament, knowledge and sense of fun, adventure and humour kept us all motivated. He never made me feel silly for getting things wrong or asking too many questions and I felt very safe at all times. - Jennifer F. RYA course in April. 

Jennifer F - Moosk
Credit to Jennifer F on Moosk

Yachtmaster Course Review

The instructor Dom was fantastic he had so much energy, we were usually going from 8 am to 10pm as the syllabus is so big and he was always enthusiastic and feeding us bits of info at any opportunity. He had a good method of demonstrating first and then explaining and he was very good at giving useful feedback. 
Moosk is a good boat for this course as she’s small and manageable (at least compared to what Kathryn and I are more used to). The food was plentiful and Ollie the skipper was incredibly knowledgeable. 
I’d recommend this prep week to anyone interested in doing the YM especially if they are more familiar with traditional boats or a gaff rig rather than plastic boats.

- Isabelle Howells - Moosk October 2018 - RYA Yachtmaster Student


Vessel Gallery

Edwardian yawl Moosk in action and images. Photos from Classic Sailing customers, ships crew and professional photographers. We hope it gives a flavour of her sailing, life on board, the people that come, her beautiful sailing grounds and what it is like to live below decks.

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