Prerequisites & Sailing Experience

What experience do I need?

  • How much sailing experience do I need?
    • Our Traineeships are for any level of experience. Ideally you will have done some sailing prior to starting your Traineeship, we recommend a minimum of RYA Competent Crew level is gained prior to starting. However, we won’t hold it against you if you haven’t! A willingness to learn and work hard will get you a long way!
    • Additionally, we recommend you have your ENG 1 Medical before you join the course
  • Who else is on the crew?
    • Each yacht is skippered by a commercial RYA Instructor and Race Skipper with experience  relevant to the course or event (for example ARC skippers have ocean race experience) the skippers are usually backed up by a First Mate of at least Yachtmaster standard. Other sailing crew members come from all walks of life, they are all ages and have different levels of sailing experience. We typically get an even mix of men and women, and more often than not a great mix of nationalities, from French, German and Italian to Americans, Canadians, Aussies and  South Americans.