The open waves

Fastrack Yachtmaster is a 14 - 15 week live aboard course. Fastrack Sailing Courses start every week throughout the year from three exciting locations: Gibraltar, Barcelona and Antibes for Stcw95 Fastrack YachtmasterPLUS students. If you’re looking for a career in the sailing industry, Gap Year Traveller in partnership with Blue Oyster Sailing will offer you the opportunity to learn and refine your sailing skills and when you’re ready, organise examinations for RYA / MCA qualifications: the minimum requirement for a Yacht Skipper working in the industry.

Course Highlights

Experience the difference!

  • Prior to the Fastrack Yachtmaster exam, we will ensure you have achieved a minimum of 2,500 sea miles - at least half of which will be tidal. In reality you will log considerably more!
  • Don't get stuck in the same marina for months on end!
  • Quality miles and expert tuition
  • Minimum of 2,500 sea miles
  • Visit many different marinas and anchorages
  • Maximum 5 to a yacht
  • Visiting France, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco and Portugal
  • Excellent shore-based facilities, classrooms, bars and restaurants
  • Exam fees included
  • Full range of modern yachts
  • Big boat handling on 48 foot yachts
  • RYA Powerboat level 1 and 2 Fastrack YachtmasterPLUS*
  • Courses start every week, so you don’t have to wait long to fulfil your dreams
  • Professional sailing on modern safe yachts in warm and exciting sailing areas

Enjoy sailing. Experience the Difference with our Fastrack Academy!

Our Guarantee from Blue Oyster Maritime Training

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Many of our students are now fully employed, most of these on super yachts working in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Sailing the world and putting into practice the skills they acquired. We are very proud of those students who graduated and now work with us as RYA Cruising and RYA Yachtmaster Instructors. From Gibraltar to Barcelona and Antibes the connections you make will give you the competitive advantage to get on in our world.

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Fastrack Yacht Master Course Outline

Fastrack Yachtmaster

14 weeks with full board, food & accommodation for the duration. From £7,495.


One week's study for your RYA Coastal Skipper Theory certificate. There will be tense moments, but our instructors are there 24/7 to help you reach the required standard; hard work but the challenge is worth it. We will give you as much time and help as necessary. You can make it; our pass rate for Fastrack Yachtmaster is 100%!


Our Milebuilding Courses are intensive but enjoyable. Combining Skippered qualifying passages, and all the Tidal miles required to bring your skill levels to those required of the RYA/MCA. In Gibraltar you will continue with your sail training, close quarter yacht handling under power and sail, handling the yacht in extreme conditions and learning to manage your crew.


All students are finally ready to be prepared for the Yachtmaster Exam. The last few weeks will be intense, focusing on the weaker points to ensure you are well above the standard required. Now we are coaching you individually, those with perhaps a little prior sailing experience will be encouraged to sit the exam sooner, other students will benefit from one-to-one coaching.

And finally the Big Day! Following your successful Yachtmaster exam you can apply to undertake the Cruising Instructor two-week course. This will qualify you to teach up to Day Skipper level at an RYA approved Sea School anywhere in the World.

Also available - Fastrack Yachtmaster Plus STCW 95 Power Boat 1 and 2 included Essential Commercial Tender Drivers Course

You may also progress on to Yachtmaster Ocean the above is an outline of the course and is subject to change; with your commitment and your spirit of independence we will empower you with the skills to become a first-class Yachtmaster.

What's included?

  • 14 weeks full board accommodation for the duration
  • Training in Gibraltar, Barcelona, and Antibes - the home of super yachting
  • All internal flights and transfers included in your course fee
  • Mooring fees and fuel
  • DSC VHF course
  • Yacht maintenance, sail care and repair
  • Bigger yachts for performance and comfort
  • Knots and splicing
  • Sail trimming
  • RYA Sea Survival *
  • RYA First Aid
  • RYA Diesel engine course *
  • STCW 95 Firefighting *
  • STCW 95 Elementary First Aid *
  • STCW 95 Personal Safety and Sea Survival *
  • STCW 95 GMDSS Radio *
  • Weather course
  • Electrical Systems
  • RYA PPR Professional Practices and Responsibilities Course *
  • Rigging and tuning
  • All RYA courses, quality mileage, and skippered passages required for RYA Yachtmaster and all exam fees
  • All of your training delivered by RYA Professional Blue Oyster Instructors
  • Additional free week should exam nerves or the weather intervene
  • All internal flights and transfers included in your course fee
  • Fully quailified RYA Instructors every day of your course
  • Maximum on board ratios of 5 : 1 and for prep weeks Maximum 3 : 1
  • Dedicated recruitment process from the moment you start training with us
  • For suitable students, RYA Cruising Instructor training and your first job

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