Sail England to Scotland – Passage Making MasterClass

Duration: 13 days
From: £1,980.00

Join us for two weeks of sailing, training and adventure that will take your seamanship and skippering skills to a new level.

Sail England to Scotland on this passage making masterclass. Building the next level of skills after doing your RYA or ASA qualifications can be hard. This course is designed for everyone who has done their basic qualifications (from Day Skipper up) and now wishes to make a really big jump in their skills and experience levels.

As we sail from England to Scotland via France and Ireland you will face constant challenges, be asked to make decisions and then act on them, all the time under the watchful guidance and explanation of top skippers. Fantastic tuition and great sailing.


  • The perfect course post RYA or ASA qualifications. Make dramatic gains in your experience and seamanship
  • Lessons and lots of practice in how to make longer passages and trips.
  • Get to grips with commercial traffic, routing, weather to sail and foreign port entries and customs.
  • Offshore sailing between France and Ireland to build your open water skills.
  • Regular time ashore to explore the beautiful ports, towns and anchorages of Brittany, Ireland and Scotland.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Expert tuition from passionate, experienced sailors.
  • Build your sea miles and skippering skills
  • Perfect for solo travellers
Portsmouth, UK
Oban, UK
Trip Duration
13 Days
Group Size
Private Departure
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller




11 April 2020


24 April 2020


26 April 2020


10 May 2020


This is a typical itinerary. What makes a passage making masterclass so special however is that there can be no fixed itinerary with long distance sailing and so this is indicative only. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what's possible each day but everything is very flexible within that.

england to scotland pmmc route map

What's included

Top quality foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.

Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.

Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.

All on-board food and snacks.

Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.

RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.

Your travel to and from the start and end points.

Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)

Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route

Any meals you eat ashore

Trip notes


The yacht itself is an expedition yacht that was previously a round the world race boat. The accommodation on the yacht is comfortable, warm and spacious. Each bunk is 6′ 7″ long and has its own USB charger and light. Sleeping is in one 8 berth cabin. There are two toilets, a shower, hot water and lots of food!

We eat very well on board and we will take as much fresh fruit and veg as we can. Ocean sailing is an exercise in using food creatively but you can expert lovely warm meals, as much as you can eat, freshly baked bread and more. We can cater for most diets and have loads of veggies on board. If you have any severe allergies you must check with us before booking.

The Passage Making Masterclass™ is open to everyone aged 18 years and over who has the RYA Day Skipper qualification or above. (International  equivalents are accepted).If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.

The Passage Making Masterclass is part sailing holiday and part intensive tuition. You will spend more time sailing and training than on a normal a voyage and your gains will be significant.

Do I need experience?

The Passage Making Masterclass™ is open to everyone who has the RYA Day Skipper qualification or above. (International equivalents are accepted).If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.

Do people come alone?

Almost everyone comes alone. Couples and groups are very welcome and we do get them. On the whole, however, most crew join solo and so if you are coming alone, you will be one of the crowd!

How many people are on board?

Except in exceptional circumstances, we limit the crew size to 9 (except for Atlantic crossings) plus two instructors. This means that there are enough people to sale the boat safely, but you will still have lots of time helming, navigating, trimming sails and such like.

Is this a sailing holiday?

Absolutely. First and foremost, we are here to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Sailing is bout having fun, experiencing nature at its most majestic and gently pushing yourself to try and learn new things. The voyages are a unique mix of sailing and training, and you will get far more involvement and training than on any other sailing holiday you may try!

Who else joins?

We have a remarkably similar group of people who join all our trips. They come from all around the world, are an even mix of men and women and with an average age of 35-65. As we said above, most come alone and experience varies from none at all to Yachtmaster. Most of the crew would describe themselves as having a rusty Day Skipper.

Tour operator

We love this sailing company’s ethos – to help people do three things: sail, train and explore. They are passionate about enabling people to experience life out on the open ocean, building sailing skills and exploring some beautiful countries. After years of training people to become professional sailors, and having covered thousands of miles between them, the company Founders realised that so many people had dreamt of setting off across an ocean, but hadn’t the skills, the boat or crew to make those dreams come true.

The company now runs expeditions on a specialised 60’ yacht to some of the most exciting places out there – often largely inaccessible from land. With no previous sailing experience required, the two instructors will guide you every step of the way as you develop your sailing skills, maybe even earning an RYA qualification during the week. Exploring on land as they go is just as important and the bikes and a kayak mean you can head off and enjoy everything there is to see along the route.

Hello! If you’d like to chat about finding you the perfect adventure or guidance on what’d suit you then we’re very happy to help. Tori & Larissa 0207 097 1734 • [email protected]

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