Mile Building Sailing Trips

Mile Building Sailing Trips

Published by Sam Peters

In 2020 we want to offer a range of mile building sailing trips, these are designed for sailors who need more miles before they attempt the Yachtmaster Exam or by sailors who want more experience on longer trips. Or by people who just really like sailing! 

 

Before you go for the Yachtmaster Offshore Exam you will need:

  • 50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 
  • 5 days experience as skipper. 
  • At least half this mileage and passages must be conducted in tidal waters.
  • All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.

One of the hardest parts of these requirements are the longer 60Nm passages as alot of Mediterranean sailors spend most of their time day sailing between islands. 

So the idea is that we will design some longer trips where you will be passage planning, provisioning, sail selecting, crew management, organising the sailing and mooring the yacht. Of course there will be an instructor onboard, but they will try to stay quiet for these trips as you are the skipper. During the trip you will also get chance to sail at night, including entering a harbour at night.

One of the first trips we are planning is our big Corfu - Athens - Corfu trip. Over the whole of May 2020 we will be taking our entire fleet on this big adventure, some yachts will be bareboat, some are skippered and one or two are going to be training boats with the aim to cover some of these 60+ mile passages. 

Some of the possible passages during the trip are:  

  • Corfu - Preveza/Lefkas (65Nm)
  • Lefkas - South of Kefelonia (60Nm)
  • Mesalonghi - Itea (60Nm) 
  • Aegina - Serifos (60Nm) 
  • Sifnos - Poros (60Nm)

 

These trips will not only help you on your way to the Yachtmaster Exam but also will be alot of fun, our Beneteau Oceanis 423 is a very comfortable boat for longer sailing trips and I am sure you will enjoy how well she sails. 

 

Of course we want to organise a few more similar trips during the season, so let us know what you want to do! 

 

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