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Coastal Passage Making Course: England – Scotland

Coastal Passage Making Course: England – Scotland

Passage Making Masterclass




Intensive sail training (and a huge adventure!) sailing between England & Scotland.

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

It can be hard to build the next level of skills after doing your RYA or ASA qualifications. This course is designed for everyone who has obtained 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 between the UK, France, Ireland and Scotland you will face constant challenges, be asked to make decisions and then act on them, all the time under the watchful eye of our top skippers who are there to guide and explain in a really friendly, supportive environment. Fantastic tuition and great sailing.
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These are the available dates and routes. To book your place, please select the dates from the drop-down above the ‘Add to Cart’ button.


  • Start date / place: September 06 2021. Portland, UK
  • End date / place: September 17 2021. Kip Marina, Glasgow, UK
  • Full price: £1,699
  • Deposit: £425


  • Start date / place: September 20 2021. Kip Marina, Glasgow, UK
  • End date / place: October 01, 2021. Portland, UK
  • Full price: £1,699
  • Deposit: £425


  • Start date / place: April 25 2022. Falmouth, UK
  • End date / place: May 06, 2022. Glasgow, UK
  • Full price: £1,899
  • Deposit: £475


  • Start date / place: May 01, 2022. Falmouth, UK
  • End date / place: May 12, 2022. Glasgow, UK
  • Full price: £1,899
  • Deposit: £475


  • Start date / place: June 19, 2022. Falmouth, UK
  • End date / place: June 30, 2022. Glasgow, UK
  • Full price: £1,899
  • Deposit: £475



This is non-refundable. On making payment, your berth is guaranteed.

Paying the balance
The balance of the invoice can be paid at any time. It must be received by Rubicon 3 90 days before the trip start date or your place will automatically be cancelled. We will remind you of the date nearer the time.

Cancellations and moving trips
Our expedition sailing yachts only have between 7 and 10 berths on them. When you book, you are committing to take one of these places. Due to these very limited numbers, we will often have turned away someone else who would have liked the berth. Unlike many other holidays, please understand this gives us little if any flexibility to make changes or to move trips. We will always endeavour to assist you (& the earlier you tell us the better), but unless we can find someone else to take your place, we usually cannot move your booking.

This is a typical itinerary for the route from England to Scotland. If you are on the route from Scotland to England, just reverse it! 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.

Joining day

Join the boat and get your belongings packed away and relax. There’s plenty of things to do in the future but right now it’s about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings. After lunch, we’ll start to show you the boat, issue lifejackets and oilskins and teach you the most important skills when on board.

Intensive theory and skills and drills

From chart work to COLREGs, this morning is going to be an intensive session where we evaluate your current skill set and make you better. It is always a very supportive environment and at no time will you be left to flounder. This is about pushing you hard to improve, not showing anyone up. Most of all, we know the areas people usually struggle with or aren’t that confident in… and that’s where we’ll go straight to! After lunch, we’ll be out in the Solent, working through all the key manoeuvres following the theory.

Sailing across the English Channel

Your first passage to plan and execute. We’ll set off across the English Channel, getting to grips with the strong cross tides and heavy commercial traffic. It is about 60-70nm, meaning a really full day of sailing and training. The wonderful Brittany coast or Channel Islands await.

Training & exploring in the Channel Islands

We’ll spend the next few days sailing through and exploring the Channel islands and getting off the beaten track to lesser known islands such Sark & Herm. These are wonderful places to visit and the strong tides and technical harbour entrances are a fantastic classroom. Welcome to a mix of superb training and wonderful sailing holiday!

Offshore passage to Ireland

We now turn north again for a lovely passage to Dublin that should take us around two days and nights. This will really test your skills development and the addition of night sailing across busy lanes of commercial traffic will add a new challenge. Exact landfall will, of course, depend on the weather and timings but it’s always fun if we can get to Dublin for a well earned pint of Guinness and a day of R&R.

Exploring Northern Ireland

It may be we wish to to sail to the Isle of Man or straight to the western isles of Scotland, but another option is to sail into and explore the beautiful inland seas of Northern Ireland such as Carlingford Lough. These are not only a lovely place to sail but present some interesting tidal and anchoring challenges.

The western isles of Scotland

By now you will have made very significant gains in your seamanship and you will largely be calling the shots and running the passages. The tides here are strong and the weather can be challenging so you will have to put all your learning into practice as we sail north to the stunningly beautiful western isles of Scotland.

Cleaning, debriefs and goodbyes

The end comes all too soon but there’s no doubt that you’ll go home with some unforgettable memories and having had a huge amount of fun. After cleaning up, swapping photos and saying goodbye to the boat and the crew, you’ll be free to disembark from 1200h.


  • You should join the boat at 0900hrs on the start day. It is important you are not late.
  • You will disembark at 1030hrs on the end day.
  • For the exact start and end locations, please see the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab


These adventure sailing holidays are open to anyone aged 18 – 70 years. You must have at least RYA Day Skipper, or ASA 103 or equivalent skills and experience to join this masterclass. It is ideal for those up to and including RYA Yachtmaster.


We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.

See more information and the full kit list here


We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board. Ability to complete the five exercises below is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member. They are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark. If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.

Fitness to sail


Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions. At this time you will be asked to complete our medical declaration. At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you will probably be refused permission to board.

See the Medical Declaration here


  • All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance as soon as you book. This ideally will cover you for any mishaps, medical or otherwise, in the build-up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim you fees.
  • Please note we will not refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues that disqualify you from joining your trip.
  • For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.


For a full explanation of what to expect with the various trip ratings please click here.


  • Oilskins
  • 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 can be earned 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.


Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.

  • These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
  • These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
  • When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
  • Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and Trip Notes before booking.