RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course

All RYA offshore sailing courses are run through Allabroad, Gibraltar; Menorca Cruising, Menorca; Aistrac, Gran Canaria; Club Yachting, Tenerife


Howellsail provides Instructor services to some of the leading RYA Sea Schools in the UK and Mediterranean. Director Richard Howell has personally provided instruction and conducted Yachtmaster Examinations at RYA recognised Sea Schools based in Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, Wales, Gibraltar, Menorca, Croatia, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

All RYA offshore sailing courses are run through our association with these sea schools. Our knowledge and contacts ensures that we utilise only what we consider are the best schools with well-maintained yachts and facilities.

Booking your course through us ensures you obtain that quality and value for money with tailor made training, often with Richard Howell as your instructor. For couples and families, groups etc., wanting that extra special tuition we also provide instruction as a couple giving you both a male and female instructor on board.

If you are considering a RYA course by all means give us a call, if only for advice. We are always happy to discuss sailing with you!

Pre-Course Requirements and Suitability

Suggested Minimum Pre-Course Experience: RYA Day Skipper Theory online or shorebased course and RYA Day Skipper Practical.
15 days sea time (2 days as skipper), 300 miles, 8 night hours.
Assumed knowledge: Navigation to Coastal Skipper Shorebased standard.
Sailing to Day Skipper Practical standard.
Minimum age: 17.
Locations: All RYA offshore sailing courses are run through Team Sailing, Solent; Allabroad, Gibraltar; Menorca Cruising, Menorca; Skola Yachting, Croatia; Aistrac, Gran Canaria; Go Club Yachting, Tenerife.
Duration: Minimum 5 days.
Ability after the Course: Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day & night.


For a competitive price based upon location and availability, please email or call us on +44 (0)1924 848558 or +44 (0)7764 603000

Remember, if you are interested in multiple courses, please contact us for guidance and details of special discounts available.


What the RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course Covers

Our RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course covers Tidal or Non-Tidal waters

Passage Planning – Can plan a coastal passage including consideration of the capability of the yacht, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy. Knows Customs procedures.

Preparation for sea – Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages. Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment and engine checks.

Pilotage – Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations. Can pilot a yacht by day and night.

Passage making and ability as skipper – Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew. Can organise the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a yacht on passage. Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends. Is aware of crew welfare on passage. Can use electronic navigation equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes.

Yacht handling under power – Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power. All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide.

Yacht handling under sail – Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space. Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide. Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing, including downwind techniques.

Adverse weather conditions – Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds. Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility.

Emergency situations – Recovery of man overboard under power and sail. Understands actions to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues.

Frequent RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course locations

Our flexible approach of working in conjunction with boat owners & associate sailing schools, means that Howellsail have previously & can deliver cost-effective tailor-made RYA Coastal Skipper Practical courses anywhere in the world. Please contact us we will be very happy to discuss your needs.

Sailing tuition and charters in Gibraltar


Sail in a warm climate to 2 continents, 3 countries, all in 5 days! A fantastic learning environment with tides, shipping & good winds in an international setting of Gibraltar, Spain & Africa. Learn the customs & immigration procedures for entering foreign ports. Cheap flights available from UK. All courses & charters run in conjunction with Allabroad Yachting, Gibraltar.

Canary Islands

Enjoy a circumnavigation of Tenerife or Gran Canaria, or sailing between the islands on slightly longer passages. With all year round weather a great opportunity to gain some mile building experience & sample some of the smaller islands such as La Gomera etc. Tenerife & Gran Canaria bases available in conjunction with Club Yachting & Aistrac.

Sailing tuition and charters in Menorca


A summer destination ideal for holiday charters & RYA practical courses. Richard Howell has been Chief Instructor at Menorca Cruising & has intimate knowledge of the island. Enjoy 5 or 7 day voyages in the sunshine, also an ideal base for extended cruising around the Balearic Islands of Majorca, Ibiza, & Formentera.

The Solent

The sailing mecca of the UK & an ideal learning environment closer to home. With Portsmouth, Southampton, Cowes, Yarmouth, Chichester all close to hand & Poole & Weymouth both within a day sail, it is an ideal area to undergo training. Also our starting point for Cross Channel cruises to France & the Channel Islands. 

The Caribbean & British Virgin Islands

A host of departure points available in the warm crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. With St Vincent & the Grenadines becoming increasingly popular, why not cruise with us & visit Mustique, Bequia, Union Islands, Tobago Keys, Grenada etc.

Crossed the Channel twice and saw the beautiful Channel Islands. Had a brilliant time and learnt a lot.


Congratulations on your very didactic online course. Would it be possible to continue with another six months for the Coastal Theory?"


Recommended Reading for the RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course

RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDS'S)

Reed's Skippers Handbook

Skippers Handbook (Sail or Power) (ZS72)

Includes latest maritime regulations & electronic techniques, & provides answers to most of the navigation problems that are likely to arise during a coastal passage.
£7.99 + £1.50 p&p (UK)

RYA Yachtmaster Handbook

RYA Yachtmaster Handbook (G70)

The RYA Yachtmaster Handbook is the first official & definitive guide for anyone preparing for the world-renowned RYA Yachtmaster Offshore & Coastal examinations. It will not only appeal to both leisure sailors & motor cruisers; there is a section covering commercial endorsement requirements for those who wish to use their qualification professionally. It describes what you can expect on the day of the examination, the thinking behind the test & what the examiner is looking for.
£18.99 + £1.50 p&p (UK) – also available as an eBook

RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDS'S)

RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea - 2nd Edition

RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea outlines the regulations concerning what should be done when a vessel is coming into contact with any other vessels.

It is therefore a vital aspect of seamanship, as every person taking to the seas must be confident that they will know what to do in these situations.

Outlined within the chapters is information on the conduct of vessels in many different situations. These are clearly laid out, enabling the reader to accurately translate the rules.
£13.59 + £1.50 p&p. (UK) – Also available as an eBook

Ready to get going?

For a competitive price based upon location & availability, please email or call us on +44 (0)1924 848558 or +44 (0)7764 603000