Global Yacht Training's UK Yachtmaster Traineeship is offered in response to requests from our clients to provide a traineeship based here in the UK.  This Traineeship takes place from our base here in Cowes on the Isle of Wight as well as covering areas of the Solent, the English Channel, the Western Approaches and as far afield as The North Sea and Irish Sea. The traineeship features RYA skills training leading to Yachtmaster, race training and competition at international level in offshore races and inshore regattas, hands on work experience and yacht maintenance.

Ideally candidates will have pre course sailing experience and a few miles under their belt however, no previous experience is required as this traineeship starts from the basics.

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 based in the UK.

Dates March to August

Course fees £ Price On Application

Application Form Available on Request

Yachtmaster Traineeship


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 six month period. You will be involved in maintaining and preparing our fleet of yacht’s for the busy racing 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 Solent and English Channel and visit a variety of marinas on your travels.

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


Week 1RYA Competent Crew
Week 2RYA Day Skipper Theory
Week 3RYA Day Skipper Practical
Week 4STCW Basic Safety Training
Week 5RYA Yachtmaster Theory (7 days shore based)
Week 6Maintenance or Sailing Skills Refresher
Week 7Yacht Maintenance
Week 8Sailing Skills Week & Fastnet Race Training Weekend
Week 910 Day Milebuilder
Week 10Milebuilder continues
Week 11RORC Fastnet Qualifier race
Week 12Yacht Maintenance
Week 13Skills Training
Week 14Race Training includes Fastnet Training Weekend
Week 15Race Preparation
Week 16RORC Fastnet Qualifier
Week 179 Day Milebuilder
Week 18RORC Fastnet Qualifier race
Week 19Taittinger Preparation & Regatta
Week 20RYA Yachtmaster Offshore prep & RORC Fastnet Qualifier race
Week 21Maintenance & Yacht Prep
Week 22Cowes Week Regatta
Week 23Fastnet Race
Week 24RYA Yachtmaster Preparation Week & YM Exam


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