RYA Course Dates

There are still a few course places left for our 2019 season and our 2020 dates will become available by the end of August 2019

Courses 2020

Our course programme for the 2019 sailing season has now finished, below are the dates for 2020 season

Sail Badachro is an RYA recognised and approved sailing school.

Courses available are:

We are also an ICC test centre (opens in a new tab).

We believe that the optimum numbers of days over which to run our courses and cover the scope of the syllabus is six days (rather than the usual five days offered).  Courses begin on Sunday and run through to Friday afternoon. Courses will generally have a mix of Start yachting, Competent Crew and Day skippers or Start yachting Competent Crew and Coastal Skippers.

Courses that do not, at the moment, have a designated syllabus will be open and the syllabus allocated dependent on levels of enquiry. Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Coastal Exam Preparation weeks will only have candidates who anticipating sitting the Exam to gain the Certificate of Competence. Please contact us with your preferred dates, should you wish to discuss our course please call Tom Watson.

Course Dates 2020

Course 1. 18th to 23rd April – (start and end Ardrossan) (5 places available)

Course 2.  8th to 12th May – Mile Builder with tuition, Ardrossan to Oban cost £500 (5 places available)

Course 3. 7th to 12th June – (Badachro to Badachro) (5 places available)

Course 4.  21st to 26th June –(Badachro to Badachro)(5 places available)

Course 5.  26th to 31st July – (Badachro to Badachro)(5 places available)

Course 6.  23rd to 28th August – (Badachro to Badachro)(5 places available)

Course 7.  30th August to 4th September – (Badachro to Badachro)(5 places available)

Course 8.  13th to 18th September – (Badachro to Badachro)(5 places available)

Course 9.  27th September to 1st October – (Badachro to Badachro)(5 places available)

Course 10. 4th to 10th October – Mile builder with tuition Badachro to Ardrossan, cost £700 (5 places available)

Course costs

Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper courses cost £650 and are over 6 days. If students wish to undertake the Yachtmaster Offshore or Coastal exam (Certificate of Competence) the preparation course will be over 6 days and cost £650. The exam will take place at the end of the course and will take 6-10 hours for one candidate, 8-14 hours for 2 candidates. The examiner cannot examine more than two candidates in a 24 hour period, the exam may therefore carry on into a second day if there are more than 2 candidates on board.

We also provide ‘milebuilder’ courses with tuition on any area of the RYA practical syllabuses that you identify as being important for your learning.  These trips are useful for those who are looking to log the miles required for the Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore exam.  These are individually priced.

Our training yacht is capable of sleeping 5 plus a skipper. There is a double cabin at the front, with a double cabin at the aft of the boat. There are also two bunks in the saloon. The distribution for sleeping will depend on the make up of a particular crew; male and females who are not a couple will not be asked to share.  It may be possible to arrange a single cabin on request however there will be an additional charge of a second course fee less 15% discount. 


Our Seafaring Adventures

Skippered Charters

 For those familiar with the west coast of Scotland with a good idea of the itinerary they wish and would like the support of an experienced skipper to run the boat.



RYA Sailing Courses

We offer RYA practical sailing courses from Start Yachting to Yachtmaster Preparation on board our 40 foot training vessel La Girafe III.  Full Details including course dates and costs.


Themed Cruises

We are offering a number of themed cruises this year. These will work to a planned itinerary with flexibility built in to allow for prevailing conditions.