A week of intensive preparation, fine tuning your sailing, navigation and skippering skills (ends with a two day MCA exam)


To attain the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore candidates must pass a practical examination of their sailing and skippering ability. You must show that you can skipper a yacht on extended offshore passages by day or night, safely and competently, dealing with any issues as they arise.

At the start of the week, you will be assessed on your strengths and weaknesses, and then the remainder of the week we will work with you toimprove your practical siling skills and refresh your theory knowlege…  In particular, we are likely to focus on: passage planning, recovery of a casualty overboard recovery, close-quarters boat handling, skippering techniques, navigation in restricted visibility, pilotage and knowledge of the International Collision Regulations.

 Before joining the course, you must have Theory knowledge to the standard of the Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory Course, plus RYA Coastal Skipper or equivalent practical levels of skill and

During the exam at the end of the week, the examiner will ask each candidate to skipper the yacht on several short passages and complete various demonstrations of their skippering and sailing ability over the course of the weekend, including all aspects of the Yachtmaster Theory

Previous experience required

Sea time 50 days, 5 days as skipper, 2,500 miles logged within 10 years prior, 5 passages of
over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper (Half the qualifying seatime must have
been conducted in tidal waters). VHF radio operators certificate and a valid first aid certificate.



5 days (Mon - Fri) or three weekends

Preparation: 4 days in the local area, starting at 9am on Mondays. Exam: 8 hours per candidate (Friday and Saturday). As the Exam may run into Saturday evening, it is not advised to make any travel arrangements before Sunday


Ría de Vigo, NW Spain. Based in Monte Real Club Yates Baiona.




In order to provide you with all the information that we can offer you, you can find in this section the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Start: 1830hrs on Friday and Sunday

Finish: 1600hrs on Friday and Sunday (approximate time)

No, Julio Verne Nautica has full public liability insurance.

Travel and personal property insurance recomended.

You will be sailing in the Rias baixas, which is one of the best training grounds available. You may visit some of the well-known harbours and anchorages as Islas Atlanticas National Park.

Most nights you can jump off the boat to stretch your legs asore and enjoy Spanish hospitality ashore. Some nights we may be at a quiet anchorage.

We take a maximum of 5 students per boat. 

Part of learning to sail is learning how to live aboard a yacht. All chores, including cooking, are shared equally between all students and the instructor. Don’t worry – there’s a set menu and lots of help at hand!

It may be necessary for you to share a cabin. Couples and friends will normally share. If you are coming on a course on your own there is a possibility you will have to share a cabin but this would only be with someone of the same sex.

We can accommodate basic dietary requirements such as vegetarians and minor food allergies. If you have any concerns, please check with us before booking.