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Offshore Yachtmaster
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This is an advanced course in offshore passage planning, navigation and big yacht handling for the prestigious Asian Yachtmasters Offshore Yachtmaster - International Certificate of Competency. Essentially, a ocean going yacht handling course for skippers of yachts, competent helmsmen and sea going crew members. As we are reaching the higher levels of yacht handling it is necessary for participants to complete the Coastal Yachtmaster - Theory Syllabus and have acquired the experience and proficiency in the subjects covered by the Level 4 - Practical Syllabus and all the lower AY Levels of Competency

Practical work will be assessed on a continuous basis and signed off by your AY Instructor and an oral interview with short written papers will be used as the basis for theory assessment.

Level 4 Course Completion Certificates will be awarded by the AY Instructor or the Principle of the Sailing School to students as the Practical and Theory Sections are completed.

The holder of a Offshore Yachtmaster - International Certificate of Competency is an experienced yachtsman, competent to master ocean-going sailing or motor yachts on offshore and ocean passages which can be completed with or without the use of Celestial navigation. In order to take a yacht to sea in safety the skipper of a offshore yacht must demonstrate and possess a high standard of seamanship knowledge.

The Offshore Yachtmaster - Certificate of Competency
(up to 40m LOA)

Will be awarded by a AY Examiner after a One-day Assessment and the Level 4 Practical and Level 3 Coastal Yachtmaster Theory Sections have been satisfactorily completed.


Offshore Yachtmasters (Up to 40m LOA) Candidates must present 25,000 nm logged sea mile evidence or at least five (5) seasons experience and have completed at least one long (2500nm) ocean passage before assesment.

He/she will satisfactorily complete the whole of Section A - Level 4 Practical Syllabus (Below), demonstrating a competent, realistic and purposeful approach to sailing, including man overboard procedures.

They will, whilst afloat and ashore, satisfactorily answer relevant questions on Section B – L3 Coastal Theory. Individual items of the syllabus and endorsements can be signed off by a AY Examiner to the level of certification required (eg. Motor MY or Sailing SY, Boat Length and navigation methods) during the assessment period.

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Section A


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Electronic Navigation

Tidal Navigation




Checks on Engine(s)

Engines (MY)


Safety Equipment

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Personal SAFETY

and it's USE

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Passage Planning, Navigational and Meteorological Considerations.
Plotting Equipment
Charts & Sailing Directions
Chart Projections. Mercator. Great Circle.
Working Knowledge of the IALA Bouyage System.

Navigation - The Four Principal Techniques
1. Dead Reckoning 2. Piloting 3. Celestial Navigation
4. Electronic Navigation
Position, Direction & Speed on the Earth's Surface
Line of Position. Fix. Navigation in Pilotage Waters.
Dead Reckoning (DR) and Estimated Position (EP).
Strategy of Course Laying. (In 3 easy steps)

Electronic Navigation Methods

The effect of Tides, Tidal Streams and Ocean Currents

Instruments and Yachts Equipment

Meteorology - Weather Information
Sources & Type of Information
Local Conditions and Strategy
Beaufort Wind Scale

Pre-sea Checks of Engine(s)
Basic Checks: Before & After Starting, Stopping and Running.
Outboard Engines. Inboard Motors. High-Speed Water Jet
Small Engines. Basic Mechanical Work & Engineering
Diesel Engine: Components. Starter Motor. How It Works.
Compression Ratio. Cold Starts. Diesel Fuel

Safety Equipment Distress Signals or in Need of Assistance.
Fires on Boats At the Fire Extinguishers for Class B Fire.
Extinguishers for Class C Fires. Electrical Fires.
Emergency steering arrangements

Handling Under Power or Sail. Ability as the Yachtmaster.

Rigging according to weather conditions.
Selection of sails, securing and stowage of gear on deck and below
Reefing Afloat. Reefing Procedure (7 easy steps)

Rigging the yacht using all the boat's normal equipment.

Use of Winches and Ropework

Personal Safety: Lifejacket - Buoyancy Aid
Safety Harnesses and Lifelines.
Clothing. Foul Weather Gear. Deck Knife. Shackle Key.

Victualling, food and storage, check cooking arrangements
Yachts Basic Equipment: Bilge Pumps Toilet.
Domestic Galley Equipment (if fitted)


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Techiques & Maneuvers

Spinnaker Handling

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Techniques & Maneuvers
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Towing a Yacht

Crew Organization and Co-ordination.
Delegation of Duties and Watchkeeping.

Ability to direct and encourage crew(s) in their duties.
Check that orders or requests are complied with.
Kind Courteous and  Instructional to Guests Aboard

Man Over Board Recovery
Sailing to best advantage - The Five Essentials
Sail Setting - Boat balance - Fore and Aft Trim
Centerboard Position - Course Made Good

Windward Sailing: Windex, Telltales, Instruments and Windshifts

Spinnaker Handling - Hoisting and Lowering the Spinnaker
Leeward Spinnaker Hoist (7 easy steps)
Windward Spinnaker Hoist (6 easy steps)
Windward Spinnaker Drop (4 easy steps)
Leeward Spinnaker Drop (4 easy steps)
Gybing the Spinnaker (5 easy steps)

Anchoring - Principles and Techniques.
Selecting a Anchorage (5 easy steps)
Methods of Anchoring.
When wind and tides are in similar directions (5 easy steps)
When wind and tide are opposed (8 easy steps).
Clearing Fouled Anchor.
Grounding and Recovery. Need for prompt action.
Aground Heeling and trim. Kedging Off.
Inland sailing - Basic Advice. Permits. Local Bylaws.
Overhead power lines. Locks and weirs.

Coming Alongside a moored boat, pontoon or jetty.
Leaving a jetty with Onshore and Offshore Winds.
Approaching a jetty with Onshore Wind.
Approaching a jetty with Offshore Wind.

Making Fast Alongside

Sailing a Circular Course. Sailing Backwards
Stern To Landing (4 easy steps)
Awareness of Lee Shore Dangers

Towing a Yacht Passing a Tow. Securing a Towline.
Methods of Towing



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Personal Safety
Sea Safety Basic Safety Equipment
Distress signals or in Need of Assistance

Action to be taken in distress situations – flares, signaling,
radio, Liferaft, EPIRB.
Distress signals or in Need of Assistance

Signaling: Ability to recognize the alphabetical flags
and numeral pennants of the International Code of Signals and important single letters of the International Flag Alphabet.

International Morse Code. Ability to recognize the Morse symbols for letters and numerals by light and sound S O S


First Aid Initial Assessment and Treatment
Recovery Position. How to Treat Shock.
Safety First First Aid & Medical Kit and its use
Medical requirements for crew and guests.


Page 2 Racing Strategy
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Racing Strategy. Elements of Strategy
Before Starting and During a Race.
During a Race Series
Strategies in Finishing a Race or Series.
Eight Basic Strategies in obtaining a Series Victory.

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