RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased Theory Course
Why do the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course
The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course provides a theoretical background for people intending to make ocean passages.
For many, including those who do not intend making ocean passages, one of the main attractions is the opportunity to learn celestial navigation – fixing one’s position out of sight of land using sextant, chronometer and almanac, rather than relying on electronic aids.
Demystifying navigation by sun, moon, planets and stars provides considerable satisfaction and new avenues of interest.
The three main components are elementary great circle navigation, ocean meteorology and ocean passage planning. There is also more detailed consideration of electronic systems and long-range telecommunications.
Although this is a shore-based course, the Club possesses some sextants and the opportunity is given of handling them and making adjustments to obtain basic familiarisation with their use.
Celestial navigation is founded on more advanced trigonometry; however, the use of sight reduction tables means that no mathematical knowledge, other than simple arithmetic, is expected.
The first term of the course runs from 1st October until 3rd December on Monday evenings from 1900-2100. The second term will run from 7th January until 15th April. A pre-course supper is available.
The Club’s special Braided Rope and Practical Weather Forecasting courses help provide some of the self-sufficiency expected of ocean passage-making skippers and mates.
Since 2017, some of the material from Practical Weather Forecasting has been incorporated into our version of the Yachtmaster Ocean course.
2019 course dates will be:
First term: Monday 30 Sept until Monday 2 Dec 2019
Second term: Monday 6 Jan 2020 until Monday 13 April 2020
The price for this course is:
Non-member: £360 (includes club membership for the duration of the course)