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Aug
19
Mon
2019
Aug Hebridean adventure cruise @ Scotland Mile Builder
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – Aug 26 @ 9:00 pm

Sail from Oban to the Outer Hebrides, and possibly onto St Kilda, returning to Oban after 8 days of cruising and exploring.
This trip will be an opportunity to sail through the spectacular Highlands, including the Inner and Outer Hebrides; with its stunning scenery and wildlife, this trip will appeal to bird watchers, photographers and adventure sailors.
Besides the relaxing cruising this is an opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience and work towards the next level RYA qualification. There will be opportunities to skipper a passage under instruction.
The trip will start and finish in Oban. Due to the nature of the area we will be sailing, heavy weather options are planned if required. Please note reaching St Kilda will be weather-dependent.
Your skipper will be an RYA Qualified Instructor so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise over 8 days.

St Kilda Adventure Cruise Itinerary

The exact itinerary will be dictated by the forecast, but we plan on visiting as many different ports as possible during the 7 days.

Meals while sailing are included.

Mooring fees, fuel and boat costs are included. Flights or transfers to/from Oban are not included.

Cost £700

Contact Us

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or if you have any questions.  If you don't have the time for such a long mile builder, we recommend our weekend mile builders.
Aug
28
Wed
2019
Aug-Sep Hebridean adventure cruise @ Scotland Mile Builder
Aug 28 @ 9:00 am – Sep 4 @ 9:00 pm

Sail from Oban to the Outer Hebrides, and possibly onto St Kilda, returning to Oban after 8 days of cruising and exploring.
This trip will be an opportunity to sail through the spectacular Highlands, including the Inner and Outer Hebrides; with its stunning scenery and wildlife, this trip will appeal to bird watchers, photographers and adventure sailors.
Besides the relaxing cruising this is an opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience and work towards the next level RYA qualification. There will be opportunities to skipper a passage under instruction.
The trip will start and finish in Oban. Due to the nature of the area we will be sailing, heavy weather options are planned if required. Please note reaching St Kilda will be weather-dependent.
Your skipper will be an RYA Qualified Instructor so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise over 8 days.

St Kilda Adventure Cruise Itinerary

The exact itinerary will be dictated by the forecast, but we plan on visiting as many different ports as possible during the 7 days.

Meals while sailing are included.

Mooring fees, fuel and boat costs are included. Flights or transfers to/from Oban are not included.

Cost £700

Contact Us

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or if you have any questions.  If you don't have the time for such a long mile builder, we recommend our weekend mile builders.
Sep
7
Sat
2019
Scotland-Solent Mile Builder @ Scotland Mile Builder
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – Sep 15 @ 4:00 pm

The Equinox Scotland-Solent mile builder is a great opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience and enjoy some excellent sea passages.  Sail at night and out of sight of land, experience living and eating on board all under the watchful eye of your skipper/instructor.  En route to our home marina in Hamble we will sail along the West coast of Scotland and the Irish Sea, then South to Lands End and along the South coast of England.

The trip will be an opportunity for RYA Day Skippers to gain experience and work towards their  RYA Coastal Skipper or their RYA Yachtmaster Qualifications. There will be the two opportunities to skipper a 200 + mile passage under instruction, or shorter passages between stopping ports.

Rho will be completing a number of summer cruises around the Highlands and the Inner and Outer Hebrides. This trip is the delivery of the boat to Hamble after the race over 9 days in late summer. This is a one-way trip but there are good transport links in to Oban, by plane, bus or train.

Your skipper will be an RYA Qualified Instructor so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise over 600 nm and we expect the trip to take 9 days, including stop-overs in Scotland, Wales and the West Country.


Equinox Scotland-Solent Mile Builder 

Itinerary

We plan to stop en route, the stopping points will be decided by the skipper and based on weather but may include Jura, the North coast of Ulster, Holyhead and Falmouth.

Total mileage – 600+ nm

All meals while sailing are included.

Mooring fees, fuel and boat costs are included. Travel to and from Oban and Hamble is not included.

Cost £700

Contact Us

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or if you have any questions.  If you don't have the time for such a long mile builder, we recommend our weekend mile builders.
Nov
20
Wed
2019
RYA VHF Exam @ Equinox Sailing
Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Before booking your RYA VHF Exam students should have completed an online RYA course and passed the pre-exam course knowledge check or have attended a classroom course and obtained a signature from your course instructor.

Candidates may be of any Nationality or residency, although the exam will be conducted in English. The minimum age for examination is 16 years old on the day of the exam.

You will need to bring your original application form either signed by your course instructor or your original online course certificate with a passport photograph and payment of £60.  Payment can be made by cheque, debit or credit card; cheques should be made payable to the RYA.  You will not be able to sit your exam unless payment is made.  A partial resit can be taken for up to 6 weeks at an additional cost of £15, after this time you would have to rebook your whole exam.

The RYA VHF Exam will include a practical and theory exam.  Students will be given 20-30 minutes to familiarise themselves with the radio simulators.

Practical Exam

The practical exam will be based on scenarios given to you by your assessor and should take around 30 minutes, these will include the following.

Distress Situations

  • Be able to identify a distress situation.
  • Be able to initiate a DSC distress alert, with position and time input manually or automatically.
  • Send a distress call and message by voice.
  • Respond to a distress alert, call and message, including relay of a distress message.
  • Know the procedure for cancelling a DSC distress alert sent in error.

Urgency Situations

  • Be able to identify a urgency situation
  • Be able to initiate a DSC urgency alert
  • Send and urgency message by voice.
  • Respond to an urgency message.

Safety Situations

  • Be able to identify a situation in which a safety message is appropriate
  • Be able to initiate a DSC safety alert

Routine Communications

  • Be able to initiate a routine call using DSC, and select an appropriate working channel
  • Establish communications and exchange messages with other stations by voice.
  • Enter a group or individual MMSI number
  • Use the international Phonetic Alphabet.

In addition students should be aware of the following

  • How to deploy and EPIRB and SART
  • Know how to test a VHF radio by use of a radio check
  • How to maintain an appropriate watch on DSC and working channels

Theory Paper

The theory paper is a 30 minute closed book exam, if it has been some time since you completed your course, it is advised that you spend some time refreshing your memory.

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