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RYA Start Yachting
£220/$440
1 live-aboard weekend

RYA Competent Crew
£440/$880
2 live-aboard weekends

Yachtmaster Practical
£220/$440
Exam Coaching live-aboard weekends

RYA Theory...

RYA Yachtmaster Theory
£495/$990
3 weekends 8-4pm

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory
£495/$990
10 4-hr standalone modules

Ocean Sailing...

RYA Watch-leader

Sydney-Hobart
8 days 700 miles
£650/$1142

Hobart-Sydney
8 days 700 miles
£650/$1142

Sydney-Auckland
2 weeks 1200 miles
£1013/$2026

Yachtmaster Ocean Qualifier

Hobart-60°-Hobart
14 days 1600 miles
£1025/$2000

Brazil- Trinidad
4 weeks 3000 miles
£2026/$4052

Bermuda - Dublin
4 weeks 3200 miles
£2026/$4052

* See pricing note at foot of page


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Free membership till the end of 2020

2020 has been a very strange year. To help all our members, past present and future, to get out of lock-down and onto the water, we have waived all membership fees for 2020.

It's a great time to Join, or Renew your membership today.




About The Ocean Sailing Club

Sally and Peter Edington lived aboard their 60-foot yacht Loquax for many years. With their teenage daughters they cruised the Med, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

By 2013, they felt they should share their knowledge, and their yacht, with anyone who dreams of the Ocean life - and that was the start of The Ocean Sailing Club.

Loquax is now owned by the UK-based non-profit Club and it is Sally and Peter's hope that people from many diverse walks of life will join them on board. The membership is deliberately set at an affordable £30 ($50) per year, which you recoup from any training you do, to make this accessible to as many as possible.

On board, you can experience the joys and master the skills of Ocean Sailing. Feel the thrill of landfall at a distant island, knowing you share this exquisite moment with the great sailors of our time and of history.

The Club has over one hundred members.


Sail Training

Improve your skills with great RYA sailing courses

Click any link in the left hand panel for details of great opportunities to deepen your knowledge of sailing.

Peter Edington, our sailing coach, is an RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor who will be running monthly practical sail training resulting in RYA certification.safely.

Practical training:

• Start Yachting 1 weekend live-aboard course starting at the very beginning. All in sheltered waters
• Competent Crew 2 weekends living aboard taking you on to a better understanding of working a sailing boat - Sheltered/Coastal waters
• Watch Leader 5-7 days of Offshore / Ocean sailing where you will learn how to take command of a 60 foot yacht for day and night watches

Theory classes:

• Yachtmaster Offshore theory Suitable to skipper your own boat or to go on and take the RYA Yachtmaster Practical Exam
• Yachtmaster Ocean Theory To learn the theory behind world meteorology, Celestial Navigation and how to prepare for and execute an ocean passage of over 600 miles
Theory classes in Sydney from 08:00 till 12:00 Saturday / Sunday

Ocean Sailing

2020 Ocean Sailing Opportunities

After the great responses we got to last year's Ocean events, we are offering you a chance to get some serious ocean mile-building, as well as certification as an RYA Watch Leader, or even as Qualifying Passages for your RYA Ocean Yachtmaster.

Click any link in the right hand panel for details of Ocean Sailing in 2020 and 2021

In 2020, there are three great passages:

"Sydney-Hobart direct": A chance to try out the iconic Sydney-Hobart race route. This will be a 600+ mile Bass Strait crossing, leaving Sydney in October.

"The 60° South Dash" leaving Hobart at the start of November, once again we will test Loquax for her Ends of the Earth Challenge by sailing due South from Hobart in an attempt to get to 60° South. No other sailing organisation will offer you this opportunity.

"Sydney-Hobart return": A second chance to log a Bass Strait crossing, leaving Hobart in early December, this will be a 600+ mile opportunity to get your RYA Watch Leader certificate. There is a chance, also to spend a night or two in Eden on the beautiful south coast of NSW.

In 2021, we will be running the Ends of the Earth Climate Challenge to Cape Horn, South Georgia and Arctic Norway! For details look on the right of this page.

Visit our Sailing Calendar or the Expeditions and Holidays page.

Community Awareness

Supporting our Oceans with fund raising for Sea-Shepherd

February's Social Sail was to raise money for Sea Shepherd's iconic whale-saving ship, The Steve Irwin.

Needing urgent engine repairs, we raised 0ver $2,500 on this fun sailing day for Sea Shepherd. They needed $200,000 to get the Steve Irwin back out there saving whales and protecting our oceans. And our contribution helped make that possible.


Supporting "Seed" Indigenous Australians on the front line against fracking

On July 25th there will be a free sailing day on Sydney Harbour for club members who donate to Seed to help fight fracking on native title areas of the NT. We hope to raise $2000 and can take 10 people on a our 60 foot yacht while maintaining safe social distancing.

Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network, stand with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities across the Northern Territory, to condemned the NT Government’s decision to approve Origin Energy’s environmental management plan for fracking in the NT.

“Despite wet season being just weeks away, this approval allows Origin Energy to start fracking in the Beetaloo Basin at one of the riskiest times of the year,” said Philip Winzer of the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.

Contact Peter Edington on 0405 430 525 or email us from our "Contact" page to reserve a place on that day out.

Note:

In the interests of safety, the yacht will always be under the supervision of a club-approved skipper.

For the club's Social sailing events, the Skipper is supplied by the Club. If you would like to use the Club yacht for your own social events or for group mile-building cruises, we can put you in touch with our Sailing Coach, who will be happy to make sure that your event is run safely (sample costs)

Only registered members of the Ocean Sailing Club are allowed on board the yacht for any sailing event. We will be happy to help you arrange your event or to come on one of the Club's own events. Just email or call us.

2020-21
Ocean Sailing

Sydney-Hobart Direct

10-18 October 2020
8 days 700 miles
£650/$1142


60° South Dash

Hobart-60°South-Hobart

1-15 November 2020
14 days 1600 miles
£1025/$2000

Hobart-Sydney Return

28 Nov-6 Dec 2020
8 days 700 miles
£650/$1142