internationally accepted certification

RYA Coastal Practical/Mileage Builder

An advanced course with an emphasis on coastal navigation and mileage building in preparation for becoming a Yachtmaster .


31 Jul 2023 – 6 Aug 2023



This multi-day program is best suited to intermediate/advanced sailors who wish to improve or experience coastal navigation, overnight sailing and/or need mileage to satisfy the prerequisites for the Yachtmaster exam.

This program usually takes 7 days BUT may take longer as circumstances/weather dictate.  It is run by and accredited RYA Yachtmaster Instructor.

Sailing consists of longer (60nm+) passages as well as at least one overnight passage, requiring the introduction of a watch system and appropriate safety considerations.  Ideal for those seeking to experience longer voyages and who need logged miles.

An RYA certificate is issued at the end of the course.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In July 2023 the Topmast team will be sailing a Swan 44 (Swanning) from Lewisporte Newfoundland to Annapolis Maryland.

The trip will consist of 3.5 legs:

  1. Leg 1: Lewisporte – St John (NFLD) approx 235nm, 3-5 days $1025
  2. Leg 2: St John NFLD to Lunenberg NS approx 550nm, 6-8 days, $2450
  3. Leg 3: Lunenberg NS to Newport RI (USA) approx 400nm+ (passport required), 5-7 days, $2250
  4. Leg 4: Newport RI to Annapolis MD approx 450nm, 5-7 days, $2250

The price for each leg does not include travel to the departure port OR return travel from the arrival port.  Food on board is included and cooking duties will be shared by all on board, food ashore is not included.

For anyone wanting to do multiple legs there will be a 10% discount and a 15% discount for anyone wanting to do the whole trip.

Course Details:

Coastal Leg 4: Newport RI (USA) to Annapolis MD (USA)




The instructor will contact you with the appropriate details regarding the course logistics.  Basic considerations are a warm sleeping bag, foul weather gear and suitable footwear.  Meals will be on board apart from meals ashore when in a port-of-call.  Travelling to and from the boat will be at the student’s expense.

Fintan Hartnett


Fintan Hartnett

Home Port

Newport, RI


Registration Details

50% deposit to hold a place on course.  Preferred payment method (Canada): Interac Email Payment. Please use email address:  For payments originating outside Canada please contact us for credit card payments (2.50% surcharge to cover all credit card fees, domestic or International).  Thank you in advance.   Cancellation policy: greater than 6 weeks – full refund (less $150 admin fee). 4-6 weeks 50% refund. Under 4 weeks – No Refund. Topmast reserves the right to cancel any course. Our liability is limited to the course fee. You are advised to arrange cancellation insurance. Make payment PRIOR to the commencement of your course.  If you have any complaints then please forward them to within 72 hours of course completion.


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Coastal Practical/Mileage Builder $

Sailing a Swan 44 from Newport RI to Annapolis MD (+/- 450nm).

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