GYT's Yachtmaster Traineeship is a condensed version of our ground breaking and unique Ocean Yacht Master Traineeship. The bulk of the Traineeship takes pace in the Caribbean and features RYA skills training leading to Yachtmaster, race training and competition in international regattas, hands on work experience and yacht maintenance.

Ideally candidates will have pre course experience to RYA Day Skipper level and a few miles under the belt.

This unique training programme offers a fantastic opportunity to train and race with some of the race charter industries leading race skippers. Gain fantastic RYA Yachtmaster coaching from our team of highly experienced instructors and work as part of the Global Yacht Racing team, gain an incite into working in the yachting industry, build a great C.V and network with crew and sailors from race yachts and Superyachts around the caribbean islands.

Dates Jan to June each year

Course fees £10,995.00


The GYT Professional Yachtmaster Programme takes skipper training to a new level. This programme really does offer potential skippers a great start and insight into the marine world.
During the programme you will experience yacht racing and working with sailing professionals in the race charter industry over a five month period. You will be involved in maintaining and preparing our fleet of yacht’s for the busy Caribbean regatta season and will work alongside GYR skippers and staff dealing with our clients and crewing during the races and regattas we enter.

Alongside this you will gain superb RYA training both practical and theoretical, skipper yachts around the Caribbean and visit some of the most outstanding Caribbean beauty spots on your travels.

Culminating on the two week Yachtmaster prep course and RYA exam back in the UK and potentially leading on to employment in the marine sector with industry experience under your belt.


Week 1Yacht Maintenance Week
Week 2Tickets week (VHFDSC, First Aid, Sea Survival, PPR (5 days shore based)
Week 3RYA Yachtmaster Theory (7 days shore based)
Week 4Sailing Skills Week (5 days live aboard)
Week 5Sailing Skills Week (5 days live aboard)
Week 6Regatta prep and maintenance
Week 7RORC Caribbean 600 Race
Week 8Passage to St Martin Milebuilding
Heineken Regatta
Week 9Passage to Antigua Milebuilding & Yacht Maintenance
Week 10Sailing Skills Week
Week 11Yacht Maintenance & Passage to BVI’s Milebuilding
Week 12BVI Regatta
Week 13Passage to Antigua or St Barth’s Milebuilding
Week 14Les Voiles de St Barth’s Regatta
Week 15Passage to Antigua Milebuilding & Yacht Maintenance
Week 16Regatta preparation
Week 17Antigua sailing Week Regatta
Week 18Yachts prepped for shipping
Week 19Yachtmaster Offshore prep week part 1 (5 days live aboard)
Week 20Yachtmaster Offshore prep week part 1 (5 days live aboard)
  • Weeks 1 to 18 are Caribbean based Weeks 19 & 20 are UK based typically one month after the Caribbean programme finishes


Contact us to find out more and start you journey to a new career!