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RYA Yachtmaster Preparation Course and Exam

An ideal way for the traditional sailor to prepare for the RYA Yachtmaster Exam. If you spend a lot of time sailing traditional boats and would find a modern plastic boat twitchy then this is the course for you.

Embark
Sun, 15-09-2019 - 16:00
Plymouth
Disembark
Sun, 22-09-2019 - 12:00
Plymouth
Duration
7 Nights
Vessel
Moosk
Voyage No.
MK150919

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Limited places. PRICE: 795 GBP. BOOK NOW
*Booking fees may apply

Moosk - Yachtmaster Preparation Course and Exam

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

This is a brilliant end of season opportunity to get your RYA Coastal or Offshore Yachtmaster qualifications. An RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper, whether you want it for leisure or for a sailing career.

If you are not quite ready for a Yachtmaster Offshore exam you can use this same preparation course before being examined for Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competency.  The pre requisites and breadth of experience for this course are less.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate
  • Preparation week on a traditional vessel
  • Brilliant end of season opportunity
  • Plenty of boat handling and advanced navigation

*Cost does not include Exam fee – exam fees to be paid to Examiner at the end of the preparation week and before the exam.

Student on Gaff Yawl Moosk looking astern
Students learning on Moosk for their RYA course on a traditional boat

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore or Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competency - Preparation Course (exam optional)

Why do a Yachtmaster Preparation Course ?

Unlike other courses in the cruising programme, there is no formal training to complete in order to become  a Yachtmaster Offshore. Instead, provided that you have sufficient experience and seatime (see pre requisites), you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge. This exam takes place on an approved yacht with an external RYA examiner testing both your practical skills and your theoretical knowledge over 5-9 hours per candidate, or slightly longer if you are the only candidate being examined.

Our Yachtmaster Prep course has a generous 5 days (more than most schools) and 2 days set aside after the course for those that feel ready to take the exam.

Benchmark for a Successful Exam Pass

If you have not completed a shorebased Coastal skipper/Yachtmaster theory course then please check the syllabus to make sure you are confident with your theoretical knowledge (especially Rules of the Road IRPCS)  and the practical application of navigational skills. We can now offer you a Long Distance Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory Course, which gives you the option of when, where and for how long, you study. 

A RYA Yachtmaster Coastal (formerly Coastal Skipper) should have the knowledge to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.

A RYA Yachtmaster Offshore should be able to enter any well-charted harbour for the first time, with sufficient depth, by day or night. The only way to gain confidence is by practice, particularly at night when skill is required in picking out navigation lights and buoys against a background of shore lights. (If you have colour blindness please talk to us before booking)

With a course over 7 days, your fully qualified instructor will be able to devote plenty of time to your individual needs with regular debriefings and coaching aimed at helping you to raise your standards.

Fee's for Yachtmaster Certificate preparation

Voyage fee is for the full 5 days of instruction (or 8 days if you go on to do the exam)

Examination fee payable to the examiner -RYA Yachtmaster offshore Exam is £215 and Yachtmaster Coastal is roughly £185 per person. 

Moosk under sail, gaff yawl RYA Yachtmaster courses on traditional boats

Yachtmaster Coastal Pre Exam Requirements

  • Radio Operators Certificate - for example (restricted) VHF Radio Operators Certificate or a GMDSS Short Range Certification or higher grade marine radio qualification.
  • Valid First Aid Certificate - First Aid certificates held by police / fire or armed servicesare also acceptable.
  • Seatime - 800 miles logged within 10 years of the examination. 30 days on board. 2 days as skipper and 12 night hours. (half the qualifying seatime must have been conducted in tidal waters)

Yachtmaster Offshore Pre Exam Requirements

  • Radio Operators Certificate - for example (restricted) VHF Radio Operators Certificate or a GMDSS Short Range Certification or higher grade marine radio qualification.
  • Valid First Aid Certificate - First Aid certificates held by police / fire or armed servicesare also acceptable.
  • Seatime - 2500 miles. 50 days on board. At least 5 passages over 60 miles and acting as skipper for at least 2 of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages.
  • Skipper experience - at least 5 days as skipper. (Half the qualifying seatime must have been conducted in tidal waters)
  • 50 Days seatime & 5 days as skipper - 2500 miles logged - 5 passages over 60 miles -including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper.  Qualifying passages must be over 60 miles non stop by the most direct route and involve no change of skipper during the passage.

Bring with you to the exam

  • RYA logbook or evidence of your sailing experience and qualifying passages
  • Passport photo
  • cheque or credit card details for Exam fee payable to the RYA
  • First Aid Certificate
  • VHF Radio Operators Certificate
  • You must be over 18 years of age & qualifying experience gained over the age of 15.
  • Certification required before the examination:
  • VHF Radio Operators Certificate - First Aid Certificate
Moosk under sail

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

You can do a RYA Course in the UK or abroad, but the Devon and Cornwall coast takes some beating for variety, scenery and challenge. Off the coast of South Devon and Cornwall, the water is deep with a few rocky hazards, but none of the complexity of the Solent sand bars and busy shipping.  As skipper or navigator, this coastline will give you a broad education. The courses are about going places, so you can experience a wide range of sailing experiences:- anchoring in remote bays, mooring in sheltered rivers, coming alongside harbour walls or pontoons, night sailing. 

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance
  • Waterproofs

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Personal Travel Insurance

 

 

Plymouth, UK

Latest port updates

 

Plymouth

There are several marina docks in Plymouth. 

For Pegasus, Johanna Lucretia and Moosk: Please meet at "the Hanger Car Park" in Plymouth Yacht Haven car park, Turnchapel. PL9 9XH (See below for directions - Parking in the marina is free.)

For Grayhound: voyages will start from Mayflower Marina, Richmond Walk. If it is any different you will be informed by the skipper before the day of arrival. She is often the only wooden masted ship in this harbour, so it will be easy to spot her three black masts. Address: Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS. - see info below. 

Mayflower Marina - for Grayhound

Mayflower Marina is to the west of the city centre, and has some long pontoons so is often used for our larger vessels. It is only about a 10 minute taxi from Plymouth Railway Station. There is secure parking within the marina for a daily parking fee.

MARINA ACCESS & ON SITE CAR PARKING
Vehicular access to the marina is restricted by a car park barrier, there is a card reader / intercom pedestal. If you do not have an access fob please follow the instructions on the intercom pedestal.

Car park charges are two hours free then £1 for 1 hour over the free period, £2 for 2 hours over the free period and then £5 for up to 22 hours after the free period. It is requested that the owners of parked cars leave their keys in the marina office in case the car has to be moved for operational reasons.

Mayflower Marina Office 01752 556633 Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS

 

Plymouth Yacht Haven /Mountbatten Marina / Turnchapel - for Pegasus, Moosk and Johanna Lucretia

This marina has had several changes of name over the years so you may find skippers referring to it as Turnchapel / Mountbatten Marina - Allow at least 25 minutes to get from A38 Marsh Mills Roundabout Plymouth city centre exit road to Turnchapel by car. It does have FREE long term parking in the marina.

If you are travelling by public transport the most direct route is a 10 minute yellow ferry (foot passengers only) from the Barbican Pub straight to Mountbatten next to Plymouth Yacht Haven.  A taxi ride all the way around the Plym estuary would be quite expensive. See Mountbatten Ferry website for ferry mobile phone or enquiries www.mountbattenferry.co.uk 

The postcode for Sat Nav users is PL9 9XH / Google maps

 

Directions:

  • Turn left off A38 at Marsh Mills roundabout onto A374 signed Plymouth City Centre.
  • After 1 1/4 mile get into left hand lane and follow signs for Kingsbridge A379.

  • This takes you across Laira Bridge where you will see the first signs for Mount Batten and Turnchapel.

  • After crossing the Laira Bridge, at the first roundabout turn right. 

  • At the next roundabout (mini) take the second exit, cross pedestrian lights, and continue straight on until traffic lights at crossroads.
  • Turn right and then go straight through a second set of lights.
  • Keep on this road (for approx 1 1/2 miles) until you come to a roundabout.
  • Turn right into Plymouth Yacht Haven.

View a Map of the location

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How to get here

By Road 

Journey to Plymouth easy, 

From the west head east as soon as you can on the A38,

From the north and east

Travel down the M5 to Exter and then the A38 to Plymouth.

Rail & transfers

Plymouth is connected directly by train to Penzance, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and all stations on these routes.

Air & transfers

The nearest Airports are Exeter and Bristol, with good train connections from Gatwick and Heathrow.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites you to a private Facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public Facebook page. (Due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly.)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Plymouth, UK

Latest port updates

 

Plymouth

There are several marina docks in Plymouth. 

For Pegasus, Johanna Lucretia and Moosk: Please meet at "the Hanger Car Park" in Plymouth Yacht Haven car park, Turnchapel. PL9 9XH (See below for directions - Parking in the marina is free.)

For Grayhound: voyages will start from Mayflower Marina, Richmond Walk. If it is any different you will be informed by the skipper before the day of arrival. She is often the only wooden masted ship in this harbour, so it will be easy to spot her three black masts. Address: Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS. - see info below. 

Mayflower Marina - for Grayhound

Mayflower Marina is to the west of the city centre, and has some long pontoons so is often used for our larger vessels. It is only about a 10 minute taxi from Plymouth Railway Station. There is secure parking within the marina for a daily parking fee.

MARINA ACCESS & ON SITE CAR PARKING
Vehicular access to the marina is restricted by a car park barrier, there is a card reader / intercom pedestal. If you do not have an access fob please follow the instructions on the intercom pedestal.

Car park charges are two hours free then £1 for 1 hour over the free period, £2 for 2 hours over the free period and then £5 for up to 22 hours after the free period. It is requested that the owners of parked cars leave their keys in the marina office in case the car has to be moved for operational reasons.

Mayflower Marina Office 01752 556633 Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS

 

Plymouth Yacht Haven /Mountbatten Marina / Turnchapel - for Pegasus, Moosk and Johanna Lucretia

This marina has had several changes of name over the years so you may find skippers referring to it as Turnchapel / Mountbatten Marina - Allow at least 25 minutes to get from A38 Marsh Mills Roundabout Plymouth city centre exit road to Turnchapel by car. It does have FREE long term parking in the marina.

If you are travelling by public transport the most direct route is a 10 minute yellow ferry (foot passengers only) from the Barbican Pub straight to Mountbatten next to Plymouth Yacht Haven.  A taxi ride all the way around the Plym estuary would be quite expensive. See Mountbatten Ferry website for ferry mobile phone or enquiries www.mountbattenferry.co.uk 

The postcode for Sat Nav users is PL9 9XH / Google maps

 

Directions:

  • Turn left off A38 at Marsh Mills roundabout onto A374 signed Plymouth City Centre.
  • After 1 1/4 mile get into left hand lane and follow signs for Kingsbridge A379.

  • This takes you across Laira Bridge where you will see the first signs for Mount Batten and Turnchapel.

  • After crossing the Laira Bridge, at the first roundabout turn right. 

  • At the next roundabout (mini) take the second exit, cross pedestrian lights, and continue straight on until traffic lights at crossroads.
  • Turn right and then go straight through a second set of lights.
  • Keep on this road (for approx 1 1/2 miles) until you come to a roundabout.
  • Turn right into Plymouth Yacht Haven.

View a Map of the location

.

How to get here

By Road 

Journey to Plymouth easy, 

From the west head east as soon as you can on the A38,

From the north and east

Travel down the M5 to Exter and then the A38 to Plymouth.

Rail & transfers

Plymouth is connected directly by train to Penzance, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and all stations on these routes.

Air & transfers

The nearest Airports are Exeter and Bristol, with good train connections from Gatwick and Heathrow.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites you to a private Facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public Facebook page. (Due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly.)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Moosk

Moosk was built in 1906 as a classic gentleman’s cruiser and she is beautiful and fast. Her distinctive yawl rig and long bowsprit stretch her 39ft decks up to an impressive 58ft overall yet she can be sailed safely by a small crew with the option of flying between 2 and 7 sails. Moosk races competitively in the annual Sail Training International Tall Ships’ Races and often achieves a very high ranking. A strong construction of oak frames and teak planking strapped with iron floors and knees makes Moosk a very sea worthy vessel as she has raced across Biscay with young crews.

Statistics
  • Length overall: 58ft
  • Length on deck:39ft
  • Year built: 1906
  • Vessel type/rig: Gaff Yawl 

 

  • Guest berths: 8
  • Crew berths: 2

 

 

What Moosk Does Best - RYA Courses on a Classic Boat

Rigged as a gaff yawl, Moosk is simple and handy to sail with a fine and deep hull that makes her light through the water. 

Moosk offers RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper in Devon and Cornwall. For these 6 day courses she will only take up to 5 students and you have the luxury and attention of two RYA instructors - her regular skipper and a mate. 

RYA Competent Crew

We want you to develop a love of sailing, and the best way to make a start on any boat is to feel you are a vital and competent part of the crew. On the RYA Competent crew course, we will teach you the seamanship skills of steering, setting sails, reefing, and tying knots with conviction! The course is about going places, so you can experience a wide range of sailing experiences: - anchoring in remote bays, mooring in sheltered rivers, coming alongside harbour walls or pontoons, night sailing. The skills you learn will be relevant for modern yachts, but after the RYA competent crew course you should also feel at home on traditional boats and tall ships with blocks and tackles.

This is a 6 day course. Maximum 5 students to one instructor on any RYA course, fully inclusive prices.

Full Syllabus for RYA Competent Crew

RYA Courses on a Classic Yacht. Moosk is the most yacht like in the Classic Sailing Fleet
RYA Courses on a Classic Yacht. Moosk is the most yacht like in the Classic Sailing Fleet

RYA Day Skipper Practical on Moosk

You need a certain amount of boat handling skills and navigational knowledge to achieve your Day Skipper Practical Course. In a ideal world you will have completed a day skipper theory course first and be happy preparing a boat to set sails, tack and gybe and trim the sails efficiently.

If you take your Competent Crew on Moosk it is likely that there will be a student or two doing their Day Skipper at the same time, so you can learn a lot about the next stage up the RYA ladder.

If you are not sure you are ready for Day Skipper Practical - read our article about 'Ways to Learn Navigation Skills before Your Day Skipper Course' which offers several ways to learn navigation and chart work. We hope this suits everyone from the classroom phobic to the 'fast track me to skipper' types and learning theory at home fans, but you can ring us for advice too on 01872 580022.

Or just buy a RYA Day Skipper Theory Course and learn on line before you sail. There is not time for Moosk's instructor to teach everyone navigation theory and basic pilotage skills from scratch, but they will do there best to bring any rusty candidates up to speed in the week.

Skippering a boat is fun, and this RYA day skipper course is about taking your first steps towards taking charge, with the safety net of an instructor on board. Everyone will be given a chance to navigate and take control of Moosk on short coastal passages. You will also have plenty of practice at coordinating manoeuvres under sail and power, and learning how to cope with emergencies. Learn big boat watch leader skills on deck, and navigational techniques below with GPS and radar and a large chart table. Successful completion of the RYA day skipper course means you should feel confident enough to tackle short day passages as skipper in tidal waters.

Link to Full Syllabus for RYA Day Skipper Practical

Pilotage is the art of navigating close to land and into and out of ports
Pilotage into Fowey Harbour on Eve, but Its not really a good idea to bring the chart on deck!

RYA Yachtmaster Prep Course - for the Yachtmaster Offshore or Coastal Exam

Many commercial skippers working on traditional boats today have started their careers on Moosk. A Yachtmaster Prep Course and exam for RYA Coastal Yachtmaster or RYA Offshore Yachtmaster Qualification is possible on request, if we can find 4 candidates for the exam that want to train for and take the exam on a long keeled yacht like Moosk.

Swallows and Amazons Nostalgia - Come Sailing for the fun of it

If you already have RYA Day Skipper or you just fancy sailing a traditionally rigged yawl in beautiful scenery, then there is nothing wrong with signing up for these 6 day sailing courses, just for the chance to do some intensive sailing and a bit of a skills refresher. 

As long as you are happy to participate in a lot of close quarters sailing, handing under power exercises, emergency drills like Man Overboard Recovery and quite a bit of instructional chat....then its a great way to sail in the West Country. 

The likely cruising ground depends on the weather but could typically stretch from Falmouth to Brixham.

If you are thinking about buying a classic wooden boat, or already have one similar to Moosk then this could be a unique opportunity to learn some new techniques or quiz the crew about care and maintenance.

 

Moosk - an elegant but seaworthy option for RYA courses
Moosk - an elegant but seaworthy option for RYA courses

Sail Training with Young People

Moosk's main mission is sail training and personal development with young people.  If you are not that young you might be wondering why that aspect of her work is relevant to adult cruises and courses. The qualities we want to highlight is that Moosk was chosen as a brilliant vessel for sail training because she is both adventurous to sail and small enough for young people to take charge of running the boat. If teenagers can learn to do it then Moosk is sea-kindly enough for adults to feel confident too....It also means your RYA  instructors on Moosk are VERY patient and good at explaining things in inventive ways.

Moosk takes part in tall ships races all over Europe
Moosk takes part in tall ships races all over Europe

 

Sailing on Moosk for an RYA Course

Moosk is a fast yawl and with two masts there is a lot of sails to set and trim to meet the wind to best advantage. Your learning will help you sail on a variety of small sailing craft whatever their style of rig or construction.

Moosk can sail with ten people on board but that is distinctly crowded. For RYA Course there only five students and two crew making a more comfortable compliment of seven.

Her hull is narrow and the deck is not far above the water line so it is a good idea to have full height waterproof boots. You can either bring your own waterproofs or use those onboard.

Accommodation on Moosk

Below Decks

Moosk has 8 guest crew berths in the saloon and two aft bunks for the skipper and mate.  The bottom beds are solid bunks with a mattress and the top berths are a pipe cot type bunk, which is very secure in rough weather. For RYA courses Moosk will only take 5 students with a RYA instructor and a mate/cook, so you have plenty of room and two staff to learn from and quiz for advice.

For youth sail training voyages and non RYA courses Moosk can take upto 8 people plus skipper and mate. That is still a ratio of one instructor to 4 guest crew, so you will learn loads.

Moosk Accommodation
Moosk a gaff yawl built in 1906

Moosk 1906 Gaff Yawl

Moosk was built in 1906 as a classic gentleman’s cruiser and she is beautiful and fast. Her distinctive yawl rig and long bowsprit stretch her 39ft decks up to an impressive 58ft overall yet she can be sailed safely by a small crew with the option of flying between 2 and 7 sails. Moosk races competitively in the annual Sail Training International Tall Ships’ Races and often achieves a very high ranking. A strong construction of oak frames and teak planking strapped with iron floors and knees makes Moosk a very sea worthy vessel as she has raced across Biscay with young crews.

You may see photos of Moosk with a cream hull. She is now painted dark green but distinctive from all of Classic Sailing vessels in that she is a yawl. The mizzen mast is behind the tiller.

Built 1906 Falmouth
Length on deck 39 ft  
Sparred length overall 58 ft  
Beam 10ft 7 inch  
Draft 7ft 3 inch  
Yawl rig. Sail area    

 

Moosk Skippers

Ollie - Skipper and RYA Cruising Instructor

Ollie started sailing with Cremyll Sailing in 2009 when he was 12 on a trip across the Bristol Channel on 85ft gaff ketch Tectona. After that he was hooked and averaged around 4/5 trips a year on this sail training ship taking part in everything from Teenage Weeks to the Tall Ships Races to the Small Ships Races. In 2014 he started to do more sailing with other charities and successfully applied for a ‘Cadetship’ with Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. Ollie then spent until October 2016 with OYT and in that time went from being a Day Skipper to a Cruising Instructor and passed out as an OYT First Mate (big 70ft yachts). In 2017 he returned to the warmer South Coast as First Mate on Tectona and pilot cutter Pegasus.

Ollie has a RYA Cruising Instructor qualification to teach up to day skipper and is full time skipper on Moosk in 2018.

Ollie is skipper of Moosk
Ollie on Tectona's bowsprit. He is now skipper on Moosk

Hannah - Relief Skipper

Hannah is broadening her experience through sailing on several boats as skipper this year. She has been Moosk's skipper before and also skipper on larger vessels. She will be doing some of Moosk's RYA voyages. She introduces herself in her own words:

"Hi, I’m Hannah. I first went on a sail training voyage in 2008 and enjoyed it so much that I was soon sailing as a volunteer with the Ocean Youth Trust. This gave me opportunities to sail in the UK and abroad, including to Iceland, the Netherlands and Norway. I started working for the Island Trust in 2014, since then I’ve sailed with a wide range of groups on all three boats. I’ve taken part in events such as ASTO Small Ships Races and Paimpol festival, as well as becoming an RYA Cruising Instructor. I particularly enjoy meeting new people and having opportunities to visit and explore new ports."

Hannah is relief skipper on Moosk and sails many sizes of vessel
Hannah and Toni Knights trying to row Excelsior

Kate Henderson - Mate

Kate was introduced to sailing through the Princes Trust. She worked her way up and gained a place on ASTO Trainee Skipper Scheme. After placements on several sail training ships she worked as mate on Pilot Cutter Pegasus for 3 years.

She is now mate on Pegasus, which will be an ideal sized vessel to progress to skipper.

Current sailing grounds

Moosk Kit List

Moosk using a watersail

Moosk Kit List

Included

  • Sailing Instruction                                                                                             
  • Safety Equipment (Life Jackets and harnesses) 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers if required.
  • Pillows
  • All Meals, Cooked Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Refreshments throughout the day. 

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end port. 
  • You need to bring a sleeping bag
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Meals ashore
  • Alcoholic Beverages

What to bring

  • A sleeping bag. 
  • A big soft bag, no suitcases please!
  • Pyjamas
  • 2 pairs of warm trousers
  • 2 long sleeve t-shirts 
  • 2 light sweatshirts or similar 
  • A fleece jacket 
  • Plenty of underwear and socks 
  • Warm hat and ordinary gloves 
  • Wellies or waterproof boots 
  • A pair of trainers 
  • Swimming kit (if appropriate) 
  • Glasses or contact lenses 
  • Anti seasickness tablets
  • Wash kit and towel
  • RYA logbook if you have one
  • Sun cream and Sunglasses

RESERVE YOUR PLACE FOR 7 DAYS WITHOUT FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

As long as the voyage is not about to start, Classic Sailing can reserve your place for 7 days without payment or financial commitment, whilst you talk to your boss, find a home to look after your dog, or check flight prices.

All Classic Sailing need from you is a completed booking form to start the process: We check availability, approve your booking form, and provisionally reserve a berth.  You place is confirmed and booking terms apply, only when you have paid the deposit. We strongly recommend you do not purchase flights or travel tickets until your voyage is fully confirmed.

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Why book with Classic Sailing?

The call of the sea

Destinations for sailors & explorers

Over 300 voyages a year

11, 051 customers introduced to

traditional boats and tall ships.

Tell us your sailing dreams

Experts

Office Team of 4 Skippers

6 Times Around the World between Us

Selling Holidays for 22 Years

3 Dogs to make us laugh

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