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Learn to sail and gain sailing qualifications whilst enabling young people to have life-changing experiences at sea!

Morning Star Trust is a recognised RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Training Centre, meaning we run practical courses for internationally recognised qualifications from Competent Crew and Day Skipper to Yachtmaster Offshore on our training yachts.  

RYA skippering and sailing qualifications are the gold standard of sailing qualifications around the world, and can open up opportunities for chartering yachts abroad, and also for potential careers in yachting and sailing. 

Why do your course with MST?

  • Your course will support our work with young people

  • All food, drink and costs are included in your course price 

  • Free loan of high-quality waterproofs for the course duration

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Any course materials required for the successful completion of the course will also be provided free of charge.

Our courses normally have four students and an instructor (sometimes assisted by a second trainer), with a maximum of five students.


Unless stated otherwise, all our RYA sailing courses begin and end at our base in Northney Marina (Chichester Harbour). Chichester Harbour is a stone's throw from Portsmouth, Southampton and the Solent, some of the best sailing and training water in the world. 

We run our RYA courses for the public as a way of fundraising to support our charitable work with young people and vulnerable adults. Find out more about our innovative youth work at sea.  

We can also offer RYA courses to groups and families, at dates to suit you, please contact us. 

Explore all our RYA courses:

Start Yachting

A two-day course designed to provide a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. 

Competent Crew

A five-day course for novices, teaching everything required to be a useful and safe member of crew onboard a cruising yacht. 

Day Skipper

A five-day course for sailors with some experience, teaching everything required to safely skipper a small cruising yacht.

Coastal Skipper

Learn the skills and techniques to skipper a yacht on longer coastal passages, including at night or in unfamiliar waters. 

Yachtmaster Coastal

Preparation and exam for skilled sailors to demonstrate ability in skippering a yacht on coastal passages and short voyages.

Yachtmaster Offshore

The pinnacle of practical sailing qualifications, preparation and exam on all aspects of skippering a yacht offshore. 

Cruising Instructor

For very experienced Yachtmasters, learn the skills needed to train new sailors within the RYA cruising scheme.

Shorebased Courses

Theory courses designed to support your progress through the practical sailing course scheme.

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