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Guide to Qualifications and Experience for Bareboat

The Solent and adjoining waters are very busy places so it is essential that skippers are trained to a suitable level. Also that the yacht is safely manned for all weathers.

Certificates and Training

All certificates should have been gained in tidal waters. We can provide you with all the necessary training referred to below so please contact us to book or just for an informal chat. Sailing training courses can be viewed on the 'training' link below.

Day sailing in the Solent

The RYA Day skipper course completion certificate is taken as evidence of ability to skipper a pleasure yacht by day in good weather and local waters. The International Certificate of Competance (ICC) which is accepted on the Continent as evidence of ability to skipper a yacht is also valid.

Solent night sailing, Coastal Trips to Poole or Weymouth, up to 20nm offshore.

For all of these trips, the RYA Coastal Skipper practical course completion certificate qualification is needed. Coastal passages would be limited to Weymouth to the west. The First Mate should ideally be qualified to RYA Day Skipper as a minimum.

Cross Channel including night crossings

For these types of sailing, the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore practical course completion certificate provides the training and experience required. The First Mate should ideally be qualified to RYA Coastal Skipper standard. The ICC is required in addition to the RYA certificate for visits to EEC countries.

Race Charter

In addition to the certificates above, we require a Sailing CV showing how much relevant previous experience is held of skippering in races similar to the one under consideration. We would also need to consider the experience of the first mate. The level of damage deposit for race charter may depend on the crews experience. Usually there is an insurance premium for bareboat race charter.