Catima Sailing RYA Sailing Courses
Sailing Services for the West Coast of Scotland

“Catima Sailing aims to provide a professional service
with safe and enjoyable sailing”

Catima Sailing considers that clients who are participating in an RYA Sailing Course should do so aboard a modern yacht which offers clients comfort and safety. For example all cabins on the yacht have central heating as do the two spacious toilets. Clients will be provided with cabins which are both modern and spacious and we limit the number of clients on board during courses to 5 persons thus ensuring comfort and space.

The Yacht- Bavaria 46 ‘CANDI’
The yacht ‘Candi’ is a Bavaria 46 new in 2005. She is a superb sailing yacht with an exceptionally high standard of comfort and sailing ability and is based at Largs Yacht Haven. The yacht has an excellent layout below decks with a large spacious interior and she will sleep 8 in four spacious berths although we limit clients to 5 persons during courses thus ensuring comfort and individual tuition.

The yacht has every conceivable extra including full central heating to every cabin, microwave and TV/DVD player. She has two separate toilets with showers. ‘Candi’ is fully MCA Coded for commercial purposes with a full safety package. Please view the web page with details of the yacht.

The Instructors
Iain Anderson is the Chief Instructor for Catima Sailing and is a fully qualified Yachtmaster Instructor with over 20 years sailing experience. He is well known in the sailing world on the West Coast of Scotland and has excellent contacts throughout ensuring clients receive a high standard of service and instruction. Our other Instructors are personally selected and all are Yachtmasters with Commercial Endorsements and Cruising Instructor Endorsements.

“Our aim is to provide a professional service to clients
with safe and enjoyable sailing” 

The following RYA Sailing Courses are available:
RYA Start Yachting Course - 2 Days Duration
RYA Competent Crew Course - 5 Days Duration
RYA Day Skipper Course - 5 Days Duration
RYA Coastal Skipper Course - 5 Days Duration
RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore preparation for exam – 5 Days Duration (additional days for exam)
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This course is held over two days and is designed to introduce clients to yachting, covering part of the Competent Crew syllabus. It covers basic sailing techniques, safety and above all it is hoped that it will encourage people to take up sailing as a sport and pastime.

The practical sailing course and is run over 5 days or two weekends. It introduces you to the pleasures of sailing with clients learning the following;
• Safety procedures
• Names of parts of the yacht
• When and how to use knots
• How to handle ropes
• Basic man overboard drills
• Steering under power and sail
• Weather Forecasting
• How to use a dingy

This course will help you to be a more confident,
safe and capable crew member.

This course will allow you to put into practice all the skills associated with skippering a yacht. During the course you will learn the following:
• How to prepare the yacht for sea
• Practical pilotage and navigation
• Yacht handling under power and sail
• Safety at sea and emergency procedures
• Night sailing

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal
This course will provide you with the skills to skipper a yacht on longer offshore passages. During the course you will learn the following:
Passage Planning
Pilotage/Navigation by night
Pilotage/Navigation in restricted visibility
Skippering techniques
Close quarter yacht handling.

The above are the full range of RYA Practical Sailing Courses for yachts where a completion certificate may be issued. After building up more experience (See RYA website for details) you may consider the RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Exam.

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Yachtmaster Offshore Prep with MCA Exam.
This intensive preparation course has pre requisites:
At Coastal Skipper Level. 30 Days at sea (2 as Skipper) 800 miles logged
12 night hours Restricted VHF/DSC radio operators certificate.

At Yachtmaster Level. 50 Days at sea (5 Days as skipper) 2500 miles logged
5 passages over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper, restricted VHF/DSC radio operators certificate and First Aid Certificate.

Boat Handling and Mile Building
Catima Sailing can also provide individual instruction on yacht handling
on clients own yachts. We are pleased to discuss any requirements clients
may have. We can also provide the opportunity for mile building. Again we
are pleased to discuss clients requirements.


RYA Start Sailing Course 2 Days £190
RYA Competent Crew Course 5 Days or 2 Weekends £420
RYA Competent Crew
Conversion Course
5 Days or 2 Weekends £420
RYA Day Skipper Course 5 Days or 2 Weekends £420
RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Course 5 Days  £550
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
Prep Course
3 Days £450
Family Courses at RYA Level 5 Days £1700
International Certificate of Competence 2 Days £350
Duke of Edinburgh Sailing Expedition 8.5 Days £880 per person

Our Course Fees are inclusive of the following:
All Breakfasts
All Lunches
Three evening meals aboard
(We aim to provide quality food which can be enjoyed by all)
Teas and coffees throughout.
Snacks for the sweet tooth.
Pillows and under sheets.

Extras Paid by Clients:
Wet weather gear if required (Individual Payments)
Berthing fees apart from Largs Yacht Haven and Troon Yacht Haven
Gas/fuel (Minimal cost)

“Catima Sailing aims to provide a professional service
with safe and enjoyable sailing”


Catima Sailing Ltd (Company Registration No. SC287961)
Catima House, 95 Dundonald Road, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland. KA10 7AD.
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