Sunshine Sailing Australia’s Fastrack offers a reliable route to the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore. This certificate is valid for use as Master of yachts of up to 200GT on commercial and privately registered yachts, a benchmark for commercial skippers and essential for professional yachting. Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, planning a career in sailing or achieving a personal goal, this is the course for you.

We have designed 3 Fastrack options of different lengths, programs and costs to try and meet the many different needs of the future Yachtmaster of today. You will find that each Fastrack program has a special feature that brings an air of excitement and adventure! Something you will not forget!

Combined within our Fastrack courses are either racing or bluewater cruising; come racing with us on either the Brisbane to Gladstone or Hamilton Island Yacht Races or join us on our Bluewater cruise to Lord Howe Island in the South Pacific!!

Our sailing areas of Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Straits plus the Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef is an excellent base for Yachtmaster training thanks to ideal conditions; perfect winds, warm tidal waters, busy shipping lanes and a wide variety of interesting sailing passages to exotic destinations makes this some of the best sailing grounds in the world!

Your Fastrack course will be on board our spacious and luxurious Hanse 400e, in full MSQ 2B survey allowing us to go up to 200nm from the coast! Only five students are enrolled on each course and all courses are run by an experienced and fully qualified RYA approved instructor to ensure the highest level of instruction is available to each individual.

‘Recently I had the pleasure of completing my RYA training with the Sunshine Sailing Australia (SSA). John Bankart, the proprietor of SSA… proved to be everything that I expected from a professional instructor whose skills were up to the high standards of RYA…I readily recommend Sunshine Sailing Australia to people seeking a highly qualified and professional sail training establishment.’ Terry Silk.

‘The Fastrack course was fantastic, not only did we learn so much, but most importantly it was absolute fun! The way the program was put together from start to finish was perfect. Thanks again for all your help along the way.’ Chis Prewitt.

The theory syllabus’s covers:

  • Passage planning
  • GPS and electronic aids
  • Vessel stability
  • Meteorology
  • Advanced navigation and chartwork
  • Tidal heights and streams
  • Safety equipment and procedures
  • Collision Regulations (IRPCS)

Practical training includes:

  • Sail trimming
  • Boat handling under sail and power
  • Port entry and pilotage
  • Passage planning
  • Crew management
  • Safety and emergency drills
  • Spinnaker handling
  • Navigation
  • Skippered passages
  • Watch keeping

In addition, we want you to be capable of maintaining a yacht. Training is continuous throughout the course and covers all the boat systems both mechanical and electronic.

Other inclusions to the Fastrack are;

  • Sea survival course
  • DSC VHF/HF radio course Radar
  • Electrical Systems
  • Sail repair
  • Dinghy sailing
  • First aid
  • Diesel engine maintenance
  • Mast and rigging
  • Winch maintenance
  • RYA Power boat level 2

Course Cost & Dates?

Three options to consider;
1} Jan through April including Brisbane to Gladstone Race.
2} June through Aug including Hamilton Island Race.
3} September through includes November Lord Howe Island.
Please note a minimum 25% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance to be paid prior to the course commencing.

RYA Certificates of Competence are some of the most useful and credible of all yachting qualifications. They thoroughly test the skipper’s ability, and can therefore appear daunting to potential candidates. But well-prepared skippers with the right experience needn’t worry. With practice and preparation, you should be able to relax sufficiently to let your skills shine through any exam nerves.

The following are examples of what your Fastrack program might look like, please contact us directly to put a program together that suits your timing, needs and experience.

RYA Day Skipper Fastrack [can be commercially endorsed]
RYA PBL2, 2 days
SSA Keelboat, 2 days
RYA Comp Crew, 5 days
RYA Day Skipper theory, 4 days
RYA Day Skipper practical, 5 days
Radio operators
1st Aid

RYA Yachtmaster Fastrack [can be commercially endorsed]
RYA PBL2, 2 days
SSA Keelboat, 2 days
RYA Comp Crew, 5 days
RYA Day Skipper theory, 4 days
RYA Day Skipper practical, 5 days
RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster theory, 5 days
RYA Coastal practical, 5 days
Radio operators, 1 day
1st Aid, 1 day
Diesel maintenance, 1 day
Radar, 1 day
Sea safety and survival, 2 days
Brisbane to Gladstone and return, or
Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays, or
Lord Howe Island Blue Water cruise
Milebuilders, 15 days
YM exam prep, 5 days
RYA YM Exam, 1 day

Make an enquiry about this course.

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