Whichever qualifications you have, skippering a yacht offshore or internationally is quite a step up and not something to be undertaken lightly. There are much greater weather routing issues and international regulations to deal with. You are going to be in amongst heavy commercial shipping, interacting with foreign port controls and coming across unfamiliar situations on an almost constant basis. On top of that, away from land, your crew and yacht are entirely reliant on you to keep things moving along successfully. It can be stressful, tiring and difficult. It is also one of the most rewarding types of passage making you will have as a skipper. There is nothing quite like pulling in to a foreign port, having crossed a sea on a yacht that you skippered.
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Introducing the Ocean Crossing Masterclass
The ocean crossing masterclass was designed to deliver top quality instruction in how to sail across an ocean. It bridges the gap between the coastal training courses which are widely available, and actually set off across an ocean. The skills you need when you are hundreds or thousands of miles from shore are quite different to those needed for offshore sailing. Gone is the need for secondary ports (hurrah!) and in it’s place is the importance of planning, preparation, weather routing and storm tactics.
Incredibly safe and seaworthy vessels
The Rubicon 3 vessels all meet the MCA’s most stringent safety requirements. Not only are these boats kitted out with the essential safety equipment of their Category 0 status, but we have also carefully researched and invested in a whole host of additional items which make them supremely well prepared for long distance voyaging. Add to that the fact that these boats were specifically designed for ocean sailing and you have resilient, comfortable vessels which can keep you safe in the most challenging conditions.
Experienced, calm tuition from kind, patient instructors
Our skippers and mates are specifically chosen because they have the skills, confidence and ability to support a crew through long, remote passages. All too often we hear that someone has been put off ocean sailing because they did a passage with an inexperienced skipper who failed to fully involve them, or communicate why key decisions were taken. Our instructors will ensure that you are fully involved in the experience from day one and will actively encourage you to learn as much as possible.
Hands on learning
The Ocean Crossing Masterclass is a training course and not a delivery: there are daily training sessions, both theoretical and practical. The teaching is hands on, demonstrating equipment, trying out different tactics, live comparisons of different weather forecasts and current sea conditions. There are lots of people who have sailed across the Atlantic and never saw the chart table, but not on a Rubicon 3 boat.
Passage Planning and Weather Routing
A successful ocean passage has often been planned months or even years in advance. We take you through the different considerations for ocean passage planning, and look at the many resources available to the ocean sailor. Integral to ocean passage planning is weather routing, choosing the best time of year to maximise sailing time and minimise the risk of heavy weather. We teach you how to interpret routing charts and make informed decisions whilst you’re out there.
Watch systems and life on board
Keeping the crew fed, watered, rested and happy is the key to a successful ocean passage. Could you make a menu plan which could cope with the fridge packing up or running out of gas? How can you minimise water usage and ensure that you’d still have enough even if one part of the water system failed? What would you do if you had major electrical failure? Most ocean sailors will have encountered these problems at some point. Tap into the wealth of knowledge of your skipper and mate to think through your options if it ever happens to you.
Heavy weather tactics
Should you drop your sails and run under bare poles or heave to and wait for the storm to pass? What are the pros and cons of sea anchors vs drogues? What would you do if your forehatch was damaged by a breaking wave? How do you set your storm sails and what are they designed to achieve? We try things out and demonstrate the kit which most people leave in the locker.
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The smoking of any form of tobacco is forbidden on board or on the dock next to the boat. We also very strongly discourage the smoking of any tobacco at any time between the start and end date as the smell comes on-board into confined living space. The use of e-cigarettes is fine.
The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for WZ Lmited t/a Rubicon 3, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following: 1. non-flight packages and 2. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the EU, which are sold to customers outside of the EU. ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if you are abroad. Please note that bookings made outside the EU are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Rubicon 3. In the unlikely event that you require assistance whilst abroad due to our financial failure, please call our 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company. You can access The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here.
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