Global Yacht Training, part of Global Yacht Racing, offers you the chance to obtain your Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passages. We offer not only the opportunity to gain the required sea time but also the chance to take a full part in the planning and preparation of the passage as well as importantly allowing our clients to act as a watch leader; all of which are a prerequisite for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean exam.

Our ocean passages cover a distance of 600 nautical miles (nm) with our yacht having been at sea continuously for a period of at least 96 hours and having been over 50nm from land, continuously for a period of at least 48 hours or for a distance sailed of 200nm.

Yachtmaster Traineeship

What to expect

Our Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passages varying in length but are usually 10 - 14 days in length.

We ensure that there is a maximum number of no more than 4 'Ocean' candidates on each qualifying passage; we may have additional crew onboard but your instructor's focus will be with the ocean candidates and their tuition & training.

Our Yachtmaster Ocean quailing passage course includes:

  • Ocean passage planning
  • Victualling & on board living
  • Power management on board
  • Watch systems
  • Heavy Weather Sailing
  • Meteorology at Sea
  • Celestial Navigation using a sextant
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Communications whilst at sea
  • Medical Issues whilst at sea
  • Procedures including clearing Customs on arrival at a Foreign port

Whether you are looking to purely undertake an ocean qualifying passage or to include it as part of our offshore race events, such as the ARC, we can offer a complete training package to suit your requirements.

Crew fees

YM Ocean Qualifying Passages from £1,050 

How to Book

Email [email protected]

Phone +44 7841 590 714


This milebuilder delivers our yachts into the Mediterranean for the race season. Additional legs are available from St Tropez to Malta, ahead of the Middle Sea Race, from Malta back to Gibraltar and then finally from Gibraltar out to The Canaries; ahead off the ARC transatlantic crossing. You will gain hundreds of sea miles and passage experience as well as RYA qualifications, skippered passages and watch-keeping skills.


Cowes to Gibraltar
Departs UK Saturday 19th August  ETA Sunday 3rd Sept. 2023


  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate required
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean shore-based theory should be completed prior to the qualifying passage


All safety gear including life jackets

Accommodation onboard provided

All meals eaten onboard provided

All yacht costs


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