Sunset Cruise 3pm-6pm

The yacht is yours, embark on a beautiful sail around the scenic English Harbour where you can relax and take in the interesting and attractive features of the coast. While sipping on your sunset tinted bubbly, you can take the wheel or just relax in the sun’s evening rays while our yachts gently rock over the waves back to shore.US $450 for a private charter

ICC Certificate of Competence

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore is one of the most highly respected and prestigious sailing qualifications in the world and we pride ourselves on training many high calibre Yachtmaster Candidates.
Exam Preparation Courses are delivered by one of our fully qualified and extremely experienced RYA Yachtmaster Instructors.

The week starts with an assessment day, when the instructor will gauge your strengths and weaknesses. The rest of the time will be spent improving weak areas in order to prepare you for the exam.
You will take command of the yacht on short passages, by day and night. You will be required to navigate in a seamanlike manner, with both efficiency and safety. Your instructor will give you guidance and coaching on boat handling techniques both at sea and in a confined space.

Examiners expect a high level of expertise, particularly in safety critical exercises such as man overboard, or sailing down wind. Your instructor will also ensure that the theory subjects, in particular meteorology, IRPCS, buoyage and passage planning are not new to you. At the end of the week, you will be given an honest debrief, leaving you confident in your own ability, taking the exam if you feel ready to do so.

At the end of the preparation course, the instructor will leave the process and an Independent RYA Examiner will come aboard to conduct the exam. Every student will be examined on how they skipper the yacht on short passages, and complete various other tasks.

Although this is a sailing exam you will be expected to be familiar with all the vessels systems which includes knowledge of engines to at least the level of the one-day RYA diesel engine maintenance course.

A knowledge of the operation of radar and GPS is also expected.

The examiner will want to see you dock the boat under engine in a variety of circumstances possibly alongside and stern-to. He/she may set you a challenge to dock in a particular place or ask you to choose. He/she will also expect you to be able to handle and turn the vessel in a confined space with awareness of the effects of the prevailing conditions. You will also be expected to be able to handle the vessel under sail in a confined space and this may include sailing on and/or off a mooring, your anchor or a dock. The examiner is looking for good boat control, use of crew, wind awareness and a good lookout for other vessels in the area. Once at sea it is a legal requirement to keep a log. This doesn’t have to be detailed but the examiner will want to see that you know where you are at all times. Don’t be afraid to reef, we are cruising not racing, but at the same time make sure you have enough sail up to keep the vessel going. Also make sure you have practiced your classic navigation as fixing your position, CTS and EP may all come into the exam. Also be comfortable with tidal problems and operation of the GPS, specifically the one on the exam vessel.

RYA Day Skipper Sail

RYA Day Skipper Course

The Day Skipper Practical is an introduction to taking charge onboard a yacht, allowing you to put your basic navigation, pilotage, and sailing skills into practice. It will provide you with an opportunity to take command, and to develop your leadership skills onboard, under the guidance of an experienced and friendly instructor.

It includes 4 nights on board and 2 meals
Upon successful completion of the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course, you will be able to navigate and skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day. This qualification is usually accepted when chartering a yacht as skipper anywhere in the world. Holders of the RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification can apply to the RYA for and receive an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for a small charge.
 

You are strongly advised to be comfortable with Day Skipper level navigation theory before attending this course and we often run the theory course just before he practical or you can do this online before coming

This course can also be done on your own vessel

If you are going to be chartering a yacht in the future we would also recommend the VHF/SRC Radio Course. This is a legal requirement in many locations

It is also a good course for friends and families to sail together privately either all doing Day Skipper or with Competent Crew candidates

Duration: 5 Days usually 9am Mon- 5 pm Fri with 4 nights on boardMax students :5
Previous Experience:5 Days onboard but would recommend 10 plus, 100 logged miles and 4 night hours.Basic knowledge of navigation and sailing ability. Candidates should have completed RYA Day Skipper Theory or similarMinimum Age:16
Locations:
Antigua.
Dates:All year

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Motor

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Motor

The preparation method is normally 3 days onboard but as the examiner will expect a high level of mechanical knowledge of a general and vessel specific nature then completing one of the Engineering courses is highly recommended. We can build a 2 day maintenance course into the prep

During the exam you can expect to give the examiner a guided tour of your engine room. He/she will expect a detailed knowledge of your equipment and may ask searching questions about the operation of specific machinery and systems.

The same may be true of fuel switching systems between tanks and engines or the use of day tanks. Be aware of how much fuel you carry and your cruising range.  Make sure you can explain the oil, air, fuel, salt and fresh water systems and show the examiner where all the lines and hoses go. You will be expected to have an engineering knowledge in excess of the RYA one day course and attending a more detailed course such as the MCA AEC is highly recommended.

You will be expected to be able to handle the boat efficiently in a confined area and be able to berth in a variety of situations. This may well include berthing on one engine (in a twin engine vessel) and berthing without the use of the bow thruster if fitted.

Under way you will be examined on your high-speed navigation. Make sure you know where you are and where you are going at all times. The power exam may well have more emphasis than the sail equivalent on GPS and radar navigation so make sure you are familiar with the equipment on the exam vessel.


Cost US $1750 + RYA exam fees

Duration: 5 Days plus maintenance course
(3 Days preparation, followed by a 2 day exam)
Max students :
Previous Experience:VHF certificate, A Valid First Aid certificate, 
50 days Onboard, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles, 5 passages over 60 nautical miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper. 
Minimum Age:18
Locations:AntiguaDates:This course is run all year round

RYA Day Skipper Motor

RYA Day Skipper Practical Motor


 This course is intended to introduce you to cruising in a motor vessel. It includes preparation for sea, boat handling, navigation, pilotage, passage making, meteorology, rules of the road, engines and emergency situations. Part of the course will also involve night cruising. You will learn how to integrate the GPS and radar systems into your navigation and how to keep track of your position at speed. You are strongly advised to be comfortable with day skipper level navigation theory before attending this course.

Upon successful completion of the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course, you will be able to navigate and skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day. This qualification is usually required when chartering a yacht as skipper anywhere in the world. Holders of the RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification can apply for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC).
 

This course can be done on own vessel or Ondeck’s. Generally this will be done privately or for family groups. It is also a good course for friends and families to sail together privately either all doing Day Skipper or with Competent Crew candidates

If you are going to be chartering a yacht in the future we would also recommend the VHF/SRC Radio Course.

Duration: 4 DaysNo. Students to Instructor:5:1
Previous Experience:4 Days onboard, 100 logged miles and 4 night hours.Basic knowledge of navigation and sailing ability. Candidates should have completed RYA Day Skipper Theory or similarMinimum Age:16
Locations:
Antigua.
Dates:This course is run all year round

Yacht Maintenance

This is a modular 3 day course aimed at professional skippers, crew and private individuals who simply want to understand their vessels mechanics and systems in more detail. It is also ideal for anyone doing any advanced motor skipper courses.

Course content


Introduction to the Marine diesel engine, component parts and systems to include:
The fuel system
The cooling System
Turbos
The lubrication system
Electrical systems

We will cover basic Diesel Engine servicing and maintenance
Daily care and checks
Fault finding

DINGIES/ RIBS

Outboard Engine servicing and maintenance
Changing waterpump impellers

Cost is US $495

Yachtmaster Offshore Motor

RYA Yachtmaster Motor

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore is one of the most highly respected and prestigious sailing qualifications in the world and we pride ourselves on training many high calibre Yachtmaster Candidates.
Exam Preparation Courses are delivered by one of our fully qualified and extremely experienced RYA Yachtmaster Instructors. The week starts with an assessment day, when the instructor will gauge your strengths and weaknesses.
The rest of the time will be spent improving weak areas in order to prepare you for the exam. You will take command of the yacht on short passages, by day and night. You will be required to navigate in a seamanlike manner, with both efficiency and safety. Your instructor will give you guidance and coaching on boat handling techniques both at sea and in a confined space.
Examiners expect a high level of expertise, particularly in safety critical exercises such as man overboard, or sailing down wind. Your instructor will also ensure that the theory subjects, in particular meteorology, IRPCS, buoyage and passage planning are not new to you. At the end of the week, you will be given an honest debrief, leaving you confident in your own ability, taking the exam if you feel ready to do so.

At the end of the preparation course, the instructor will leave the process and an Independent RYA Examiner will come aboard to conduct the exam. Every student will be examined on how they skipper the yacht on short passages, and complete various other tasks.


The preparation is normally 3 days onboard but as the examiner will expect a high level of mechanical knowledge of a general and vessel specific nature then completing one of the Engineering courses is highly recommended.

During the exam you can expect to give the examiner a guided tour of your engine room. He/she will expect a detailed knowledge of your equipment and may ask searching questions about the operation of specific machinery. For instance, you may be expected to be familiar with the operation of a turbo charger and charge air cooler even if the exam vessel is not fitted with any. The same may be true of fuel switching systems between tanks and engines or the use of day tanks. Be aware of how much fuel you carry and your cruising range. Make sure you can explain the oil, air, fuel, salt and fresh water systems and show the examiner where all the lines and hoses go. You will be expected to have an engineering knowledge in excess of the RYA one day course and attending a more detailed course such as the MCA
AEC is highly recommended.

You will be expected to be able to handle the boat efficiently in a confined area and be able to berth in a variety of situations. This may well include berthing on one engine (in a twin engine vessel) and berthing without the use of the bow thruster if fitted. Under way you will be examined on your high-speed navigation. Make sure you know where you are and where you are going at all times. The power exam may well have more emphasis than the sail equivalent on GPS and radar
navigation so make sure you are familiar with the equipment on the exam vessel.

RYA Start Motor Cruising

This course is ideal for introducing friends or family members to crewing a motor boat, and for giving them an understanding of how they can assist the helm. We offer the course on a comfortable motor cruiser which has the added benefit of comfortable accommodation

We offer this course ‘whole boat’ privately to individuals, and friend and family groups

The ports, bays and harbours in our immediate vicinity are worth the trip in itself and if members of the group would prefer to relax rather than take the course we would love to have them

Requirements & Outcomes

Pre-course experienceNone
Assumed knowledgeNone
Minimum duration1 day as a stand-alone course, 2 days if accompanying another course
Minimum age12
Course contentPersonal safety, seamanship, dealing with emergency situations, coming alongside, picking up a mooring, boat handling
Ability after the courseAble to be a useful crew member and assist the helm

Milebuilding

We do offer a number of options for mile and experience building

One option is to join an existing course for additional experience but not necessarily to gain a qualification

A second is to join early for the delivery to one of the regattas and even take part . For example the Antigua to Barbados [then Barbados Regatta] to Grenada [Grenada Regatta] and the return to Antigua covers around 1200 nm over 3 weeks with 2 fantastic regattas with a Yachtmaster Instructor on board

The third option is to just charter a yacht with instructor privately

Costs on application