The Morning Star Trust is a recognised RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Training Centre meaning we can run practical courses for internationally recognised qualifications right up Yachtmaster Offshore on our 35’ training yacht, Bright Star.
We use spare capacity in the season, particularly during term time, to run courses for the public as a way of fundraising to support our work with young people and vulnerable adults.
RYA skippering 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 Training?
Great Instruction. As we primarily work with young people, many with challenging behaviour, and do 'proper' offshore sailing with total novices, our skippers have to be the best of the best to make the cut. Our instructing staff are qualified to the same standards as any RYA school, but paperwork aside you'll find experienced and motivated professional sailors with a real passion for what they do.
Great Value. We don’t have the newest boat, and we aren’t out to make a profit, so we can offer the same standard of training at a lower cost to you.
Great Cause. By doing your RYA Training course with us, you are helping to support the Morning Star Trust’s life-changing work with young people and vulnerable adults from across the UK.
Unlike some schools, our RYA practical course prices include all food, all berthing costs and free loan of high quality waterproof clothing (not boots) for the full duration of your voyage.
Our courses normally have four students and an instructor (usually assisted by a second trainer), with a maximum of five students on Competent Crew and Day Skipper course. Unless stated otherwise, RYA courses all begin and end at our Northney base.
We can also offer additional RYA courses at dates to suit your group, please contact us.
2020 RYA Courses