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Top European Mile building Voyages. Ideal to build up your miles for RYA qualifications.

Top European Mile Building Voyages

These are ideal voyages to build up your miles for your RYA Log Book and qualifying sea passages.

See below for RYA requirements.

We have many voyages throughout the year that move our yachts and tall ships from one area of operation to another.

They all include overnight sailing and watch keeping and are eligible for your days at sea and mile building.

Excellent value for money as they are less about visiting places as getting from A to B.

List of all current Mile Building – Passage Making Voyages


RYA Suggested minimum pre-course experience

RYA Competent Crew   



RYA Day Skipper Practical

5 days sea time,

100 nautical miles,

4 night hours.

All can be done during the course.


RYA Coastal Skipper Practical

15 days sea time, (2 Days as skipper)

300 miles

8 night hours


RYA/MCA Certificates of Competence  Pre-Examination Requirements


RYA Yacht Master Coastal

30 days sea time

800 miles

12 night hours

If you have RYA Coastal Skipper Practical this can be reduced to

20 days sea time

400 miles

12 night hours


RYA Yacht Master Offshore

50 days sea time

5 days as skipper

2500 miles

5 passages over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper.


RYA Yacht Master Ocean

Ocean passage as skipper or mate – oral exam.


Minimum Sea Time

Ocean passage as skipper or mate of watch. The candidate was fully involved in the planning of the passage, including selection of the route, the navigational plan, checking the material condition of the yacht and her equipment, storing spare gear, water and victuals and organising the watch-keeping routine; During the passage a minimum non-stop distance of 600 miles must have been run by the log, the yacht must have been at sea continuously for at least 96 hours and the yacht must have been more than 50 miles from land while sailing a distance of at least 200 miles. Please see the 'definition of passage  below'. All qualifying sea time must be within 10 years prior to the exam.


Definition of a Passage

1. Qualifying passages for Yachtmaster Ocean and Offshore should be non

stop by the shortest navigable route with no change of skipper. Passages

such as recognised races which may not comply exactly with these

requirements may be submitted to the RYA for approval before the voyage.

2. Trainee skippers undertaking 60 mile passages are strongly advised to

obtain a Coastal Skipper qualification first.

3. For Ocean passages the following definition will apply.

“Throughout the passage the candidate must have acted in a responsible

capacity either in sole charge of a watch or as a skipper”.

4. Ocean candidates may take their sights on a shorter passage than the

qualifying passage. The examiner will determine whether the candidate is

competent at astro navigation.




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