Sunshine Sailing Australia’s Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track offers you a reliable and direct route to the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification.

You will spend 12 weeks immersed in exciting, supportive and in-depth training and adventures on your way to gaining this qualification.  After gaining the qualification your certificate is valid for use as Master of yachts of up to 200GT on commercial and privately registered yachts. In addition, the certificate is a benchmark around the world for commercial skippers and essential for professional yachting. Whether you are an experienced sailor, a beginner, planning a career in sailing or achieving a personal goal, this thorough RYA Yachtmaster Fast Track is for you.


Course Objectives and Outcomes

The course is designed for those aspiring to the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore level of competence.  While completing the qualification the course will give you the experience, miles and qualifications to gain your commercial endorsement for the MCA Master of Yachts 200GT up to 24m. When you’re done, go and cruise the world as a paid skipper in the Superyacht industry, or cruise the world on your own yacht with the confidence and capability of an Offshore Yachtmaster.


RYA Yachtmaster Qualification

At the end of this course you will be examined for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence. In addition, you will also gain the required supporting qualifications and miles to work as a paid skipper around the world.

RYA Certificates of Competence are some of the most useful and credible of all yachting qualifications. They thoroughly test the skipper’s ability, and give you a new level of confidence in your capabilities.

Course Inclusions

Included within our Fastrack courses are either racing or bluewater cruising. Enjoy yourself as you come racing with us on either the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, Hamilton Island Race Week, or join us on our Bluewater cruise to Lord Howe Island in the South Pacific!

The RYA Yachtmaster Fast Track Course Inclusions


Due to the unpredictability of weather systems, we can not guarantee that you will meet the minimum days on board and miles logges for the Yachtmaster Exam. No refunds are provided for this situation, and miles will need to be built to the minimum before the RYA will allow you to take the exam.

Training Locations

Our sailing areas of Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island, Great Sandy Straits plus the Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef are an excellent base for Yachtmaster training. They provide 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!


Upcoming Training

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track – August to November 2021

The course begins on the 29th of August 2021 and finishes with the Yachtmaster examination on the 30th of November 2021. As a participant you will enjoy completing the course in a variety of stunning locations including the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island, the east coast of Australia and around Mooloolaba, Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast.


Due to the unpredictability of weather systems, we can not guarantee that you will meet the minimum days on board and miles logges for the Yachtmaster Exam. No refunds are provided for this situation, and miles will need to be built to the minimum before the RYA will allow you to take the exam.

Course Learnings

The theory syllabus:

During the courses classroom based theory components you will cover a broad range of topics, including the following:

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

Practical training:

Whilst having fun on the water with your instructor you will cover advanced techniques including the following:

  • 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
  • Blind Navigation
  • And much more…

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


BYO Yachtmaster Training

Build-Your-Own RYA Yachtmaster Fast Track Course (optional)

If the Fast Track program isn’t for you, that’s ok! Please enquire if you would like to achieve the Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore qualification over a longer period, or on different dates to the scheduled Fast Track. We will construct a schedule that meets your needs and takes in to account your existing experience.


The Yachtmaster Training Vessels and Personnel

Your Fastrack course will be on board our spacious and luxurious Beneteau First 44.7, in full AMSA 2B survey. The benefit of this survey is it allows 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. This helps to ensure the highest level of instruction is available to each individual.


What To Do Next?

To keep growing your sailing skills we recommend the RYA Cruising Instructor Training as your next port of call.

RYA Cruising Instructor Training

The first step in teaching within the practical cruising scheme is to become qualified as an RYA Cruising Instructor.


Sacha Berlinguette-Chabot course completed 7th April 2019

Great sailing school! Did a RYA Fast track up to Coastal Skipper and feel I've gained relevant and useful skill for safe and fun sailing. John and Carl and the team of instructors are very helpful in helping out toward your success and getting confidence in your theoretical and practical skill. Would do again in an heartbeat.

Terry Silk course completed 9th March 2018

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.

Chris Prewitt course completed 21st September 2018

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.