Passage Making Masterclass: Theory Weekened

Learn how to plan and execute yacht passages from our leading expedition skippers, giving you the confidence and skills you need to have your own adventures.

Taking the leap from familiar waters to venturing somewhere new can be daunting, but our intensive 2 day course focuses on the skills you need to sail further afield. Taught in plain English and aimed at the ‘rusty’ navigator this course gives you practical skills for the real world. From Havana to Helsinki you’ll be using real charts and real routes, as well as revising essential chart-work techniques. As always at Rubicon 3, we promise not to bamboozle you with jargon or get bogged down in the detail, this is about getting you up and running so that you can head out on the water, wherever that may be.


Suggested pre-requisite experience: RYA Dayskipper or equivalent experience

£285 / per candidate



October 13-14 2018

December 01-02 2018



Rubicon 3

Unit 2, Haslar Marina

Haslar Road


PO12 1NU


There is parking available or we are just a five minute ferry ride from Portsmouth Harbour railway station & Gunwharf Quays.


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What makes this course different

There is nothing like spending a weekend with a current expedition skipper. Someone who is not teaching RYA courses all year round but is actually out there, running sailing expeditions in Norway, Spitsbergen, Cuba, Iceland and more. It is a considerable step up from the skills and experience needed by the average RYA instructor and you will benefit hugely from tapping into that experience. Some techniques will be simper and quicker than you are used to, while others will be considerably more in depth than you may have ever seen. The critical thing is that none of this is theory for the sake of it - these are the real world hints, tips and skills that our skippers use on a daily basis to navigate in all around the world.



Day 1 – Key skills

Chart work: practical skills. What we do and what we don't. Looking especially at the interaction of electronic & paper charts and smart phone & tablet apps.

Tides. How to calculate them and how accurate should you be?

Weather forecasts. Where we get them, how accurate they are and what to do with them.

Publications. Which ones should you have and which sections are key.

Types of coastline. Adjusting your plan to the local region.

Formalities. What papers do you need. Who should have them and when.


Day 2 – Passage Planning

Passage planning techniques. What do our plans look like? How much detail do we go into on which parts. How we make them properly usable.

Passage planning scenarios. Rigorous exercises where you put everything into practise and plan a variety of different routes from different parts of the world, including the Scottish west coast, Dutch Friesian Islands, Norwegian fjords and Caribbean islands.


Through the afternoon of the final day you’ll be planning routes independently and then comparing notes with our instructors, refining and developing the process as you go. There’s no pressure to achieve a certain level and no assessment involved - just buckle up for a massive skills boost and enjoy this fun and inspirational weekend of learning.

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We operate a strict no smoking policy

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.

ABTOT Protection

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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Passage Making Masterclass: Theory Weekened
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Passage Making Masterclass: Theory Weekened
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Passage Making Masterclass: Theory Weekened
No smoking sign
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Passage Making Masterclass: Theory Weekened
No smoking sign
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