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Your chance to gain an RYA Yachtmaster Qualification on a Traditional vessel

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Sun 18-09-2022, 16:00Plymouth, UK Sun 25-09-2022, 12:00Plymouth, UK Moosk 7 Nights MK180922

This is an ideal way for the traditional sailor to get ready for the RYA Yachtmaster Exam . If you spend a lot of time sailing traditional boats with deep long keels, then this is the course for you. Lots of boat handling, taking charge of manourvres and short passages and honing your navigation skills at night and day.

There is an extra charge for the examiner from the RYA if you go for the exam in the last 2 days.

  • Voyage
  • Vessel


  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate
  • Preparation week on a traditional vessel
  • Brilliant end of season opportunity
  • Plenty of boat handling and advanced navigation


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


This is a brilliant end of season opportunity to get your RYA Coastal or Offshore Yachtmaster qualifications. An RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper, whether you want it for leisure or for a sailing career.

If you are not quite ready for a Yachtmaster Offshore exam you can use this same preparation course before being examined for Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competency.  The pre requisites and breadth of experience for this course are less.


  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate
  • Preparation week on a traditional vessel
  • Brilliant end of season opportunity
  • Plenty of boat handling and advanced navigation

*Cost does not include Exam fee – exam fees to be paid to Examiner at the end of the preparation week and before the exam.

"Student on Gaff Yawl Moosk looking astern"
Students learning on Moosk for their RYA course on a traditional boat

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore or Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competency – Preparation Course (exam optional)

Why do a Yachtmaster Preparation Course ?

Unlike other courses in the cruising programme, there is no formal training to complete in order to become  a Yachtmaster Offshore. Instead, provided that you have sufficient experience and seatime (see pre requisites), you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge. This exam takes place on an approved yacht with an external RYA examiner testing both your practical skills and your theoretical knowledge over 5-9 hours per candidate, or slightly longer if you are the only candidate being examined.

Our Yachtmaster Prep course has a generous 5 days (more than most schools) and 2 days set aside after the course for those that feel ready to take the exam.

Benchmark for a Successful Exam Pass

If you have not completed a shorebased Coastal skipper/Yachtmaster theory course then please check the syllabus to make sure you are confident with your theoretical knowledge (especially Rules of the Road IRPCS)  and the practical application of navigational skills. We can now offer you a Long Distance Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory Course, which gives you the option of when, where and for how long, you study. 

A RYA Yachtmaster Coastal (formerly Coastal Skipper) should have the knowledge to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.

A RYA Yachtmaster Offshore should be able to enter any well-charted harbour for the first time, with sufficient depth, by day or night. The only way to gain confidence is by practice, particularly at night when skill is required in picking out navigation lights and buoys against a background of shore lights. (If you have colour blindness please talk to us before booking)

With a course over 7 days, your fully qualified instructor will be able to devote plenty of time to your individual needs with regular debriefings and coaching aimed at helping you to raise your standards.

Fee’s for Yachtmaster Certificate preparation

Voyage fee is for the full 5 days of instruction (or 8 days if you go on to do the exam)

Examination fee payable to the examiner -RYA Yachtmaster offshore Exam is £215 and Yachtmaster Coastal is roughly £185 per person. 

"Moosk under sail, gaff yawl RYA Yachtmaster courses on traditional boats"
“Moosk under sail, gaff yawl RYA Yachtmaster courses on traditional boats”

Yachtmaster Coastal Pre Exam Requirements

  • Radio Operators Certificate – for example (restricted) VHF Radio Operators Certificate or a GMDSS Short Range Certification or higher grade marine radio qualification.
  • Valid First Aid Certificate – First Aid certificates held by police / fire or armed servicesare also acceptable.
  • Seatime – 800 miles logged within 10 years of the examination. 30 days on board. 2 days as skipper and 12 night hours. (half the qualifying seatime must have been conducted in tidal waters)

Yachtmaster Offshore Pre Exam Requirements

  • Radio Operators Certificate – for example (restricted) VHF Radio Operators Certificate or a GMDSS Short Range Certification or higher grade marine radio qualification.
  • Valid First Aid Certificate – First Aid certificates held by police / fire or armed servicesare also acceptable.
  • Seatime – 2500 miles. 50 days on board. At least 5 passages over 60 miles and acting as skipper for at least 2 of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages.
  • Skipper experience – at least 5 days as skipper. (Half the qualifying seatime must have been conducted in tidal waters)
  • 50 Days seatime & 5 days as skipper – 2500 miles logged – 5 passages over 60 miles -including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper.  Qualifying passages must be over 60 miles non stop by the most direct route and involve no change of skipper during the passage.

Bring with you to the exam

  • RYA logbook or evidence of your sailing experience and qualifying passages
  • Passport photo
  • cheque or credit card details for Exam fee payable to the RYA
  • First Aid Certificate
  • VHF Radio Operators Certificate
  • You must be over 18 years of age & qualifying experience gained over the age of 15.
  • Certification required before the examination:
  • VHF Radio Operators Certificate – First Aid Certificate
"Moosk under sail"
“Moosk under sail”


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.  As 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. 


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
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance
  • Waterproofs


  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Personal Travel Insurance



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

Moosk Kit List


  • 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


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

Moosk chart work
Moosk chart work

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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