Practical Training Courses

SYC Training Practical CoursesRYA Coastal Skipper and Day Skipper Courses.

We are running practical courses in conjunction with renowned RYA recognised training operator Sunsail, which means we can now offer members competitively priced practical courses in the spring to enable you to obtain your Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Preparation qualification.

Sunsail use new superior quality yachts, we have arranged to use their Beneteau First 40s, which have 3 cabins, 8 berths. There is a mximum of 5 students per yacht.

The Instructor for the course is Peter Launchbury, who has instructed Coastal Skipper and Day Skipper Theory courses at SYC for a number of years and has sailed for most of his life. Peter's qualifications include Yachtmaster, Sail and Power, all commercially endorsed by the RYA/MCA, additionaly a Yachtmaster Instructor with considerable experience in both Practical and Shore-based training. He is also a SRC Instructor / Assessor.


Course Dates

These practical courses run in conjunction with Sunsail in the Spring and Autumn are designed to help SYC members quickly and economically achieve success in Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Preparation. These courses will be sailed from Port Solent on the following dates:
• Sunday 31 March to Friday 5 April 2019
• Sunday 7 to Friday 12 April 2019
Competent Crew Course Dates (click for RYA course information)
• Sunday 31 March to Friday 5 April 2019
• Sunday 7 to Friday 12 April 2019
Further course dates may be confirmed later in the season depending on demand, but all courses commence on the Sunday evening and end on Friday afternoon.


The basic fee of £495 per person for SYC members (£550 for non-members) includes top quality instruction, use of the yacht and quality wet weather gear, food, mooring charges and fuel for the duration of the course, during which students live aboard.

If Coastal Skipper students wish to take the exam at the end of the course the RYA exam fee is £210, payable by cheque direct to the RYA examiner. There will also be an additional cost for chartering the yacht for an extra day and night, this cost will be shared between those taking the exam. Please note that candidates for the exam must ensure they already have the required sea miles and qualifying passages, along with valid VHF and First Aid certificates.

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