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Join us to put your new found skills into practice and complete the RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper course over 7 days. The 7-days will provide the opportunity to explore new sea areas and get some proper sailing experience.
The course will start in Hamble, cross the Channel to the Islands and along the spectacular granite coastline of Brittany, before returning to Hamble.
Heavy weather options would explore west along the coast to Devon and possibly across the Channel during the weekThe trip is also available to those who wish to cruise, and not complete the RYA course.
The cost includes meals while sailing and mooring fees – there are no hidden costs but you expected to cover the costs of any meals ashore.
If you would like a more detailed look at the RYA Competent Crew syllabus then please have a look at Is the RYA Competent Crew course right for me?
RYA Competent Crew Course Content
Experience living on a yacht and visit different ports each night. Learn the fundamentals of handling a boat under sail and under engine. Learn to handle sails, tie knots, and become a useful member of crew.
Join the boat on the first day, meet your instructor and crew, and after a safety briefing set off returning on the last day.
The RYA Competent Crew Skills is a useful book both during the course and as an aide memoire after your course, and can be purchased for £10 please let us know when you are booking. We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.
Discounted course when booked with RYA Competent Crew
Book your RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course for £50 instead of £99.
After your courseYou will have an understanding of sailing and how to be a useful member or crew, gaining a recognised certificate.
Previous experience required None
Duration 7 days
Max instructor ratio 5:1
Included on courseRYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day, 1 evening meal, and RYA log book.
Wondering what to do next?
Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory course.
Already completed the Day Skipper Theory? Have a look at our dates for the Day Skipper Practical course.
Want to experience night sailing and watch systems? Why not join us on one of our mile builders.
Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?
Learn more about the other foundation courses we offer.
Or perhaps learn how to become a skipper.
RYA Specialist Courses
- RYA VHF Course
- RYA First Aid
- RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety
- RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
- RYA Sea Survival Course
Learn more about the Specialist Courses we offer.
Who are the RYA?
Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?
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.
Contact UsContact 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.
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.
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.