Yachtmaster Ocean Theory
This is a course in celestial navigation. This will long continue to be a very important backup skill and is considered by the MCA to be an essential part of the master’s training.
During this course you will unravel the mysteries of astro navigation, using a sextant, ocean passage making, worldwide meteorology and electronic navigation aids.
This course is for those aspiring to blue water cruising and is ideal for holders of the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate who are preparing for their first ocean passage.
Assessment: In addition to a course completion certificate from this course candidates must plan and execute a ’qualifying passage’ of at least 600nm, taken sights with a sextant, reduced them to a position on the chart and have checked the compass using a celestial body. They must also carry out practical sights at sea (Ocean Sights) and then present themselves for oral examination to an RYA examiner.
At Zephyr-Yachting we can also help you get organised to do your sights, if you have a group of 2 or more we will help with the organisation of the vessel and once you have your sights we can put you forward to an oral examiner.