Catamaran Training

Catamaran sailing is becoming increasing popular due to the rising opportunity to charter these vessels abroad.  Alchemy, our BroadBlue 38 Catamaran, is the perfect platform to gain experience to prepare for holidays abroad or gain RYA qualifications.

Our catamaran, Alchemy is a very roomy and comfortable boat with high load-carrying capacity – this BroadBlue 38 was designed and built for serious cruising. She is equipped with a rolling reefing genoa sail, slab reefed mail sail and powered  by 2 x 20hp Volvo Penta inboard diesel engines.

For those chartering abroad, you will need at least RYA day skipper and an International certificate of competence (ICC) or in some cases RYA coastal skipper.

Once you have completed your training we can offer a seamless transition to our partners at borrowaboat with a 10% discount on charter rates.

One day catamaran familiarisation day

We offer individual places on our scheduled catamaran training days throughout the year.  This one day session is run in small groups designed to cover the following areas:

  • Charter Vessel Equipment Checks and what to look for specifically on a CAT
  • Safety Briefing Content
  • Boat Handling
  • Berthing
  • Locking
  • Anchoring
  • Mooring
  • Sail Setting
  • Man Overboard & Recovery
  • Navigation and Col Reg refresh

Please note the itinerary of the day will be very flexible to ensure we meet the needs of those onboard, with greater emphasis in some areas than others and plenty of opportunity for everyone to have hands-on practice.

In addition we also offer private training days on a one-to-one basis or for groups and can work with you to find a suitable date either over a weekend or during the week.  If you are chartering a yacht with friends or family, a group training day can be a cost effective and more flexible option so if this is of interest do complete our enquiry form (including your preferred dates if possible).

1 day course dates

Sunday 1 March 2020
Sunday 15 March 2020
Sunday 12 April 2020
Sunday 19 April 2020
Sunday 10 May 2020
Sunday 14 June 2020
Sunday 12 July 2020
Sunday 13 September 2020
Sunday 18 October 2020
Sunday 8 November 2020

8 hour day - £175/pp

If you don't see the dates you are looking for, please contact us as we will try to be flexible to accommodate you.


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Catamaran RYA Courses

Viking Mariners also offer RYA training on Catamaran Alchemy. The course can be taken over 5 continuous days or over  2 and 3 day weekends and fully reflects the RYA Syllabus for Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper.  To find out more about these specific courses, download the RYA Sail Cruising leaflet (PDF).

The required qualification criteria mirrors that for monohulls; there are of course different handling and stability characteristics for both type of craft and to reflect this we do offer additional sailing opportunities on our monohull vessels.  If this is of interest, please do mention when you enquire.

Course fees
£615 (5 consecutive days) / £630 (2 day + 3 day)

RYA course dates

2 + 3 day weekend course
4 - 5 April & 25 - 27 April 2020

5 consecutive day course
26 - 30 June 2020


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Motor Boat Conversion Courses & International Certificate of Competence –ICC

The ICC provides evidence of competence when required by certain border or customs officials in foreign countries. ICC’s are issued by the RYA upon production of the completed course documentation from the instructor/examiner and school principle.

For those Day or Coastal Skippers moving from motor to sailing CATs for holidays abroad we also offer a 1 day conversion course which will cover the ICC syllabus and will also include the ICC Sail practical assessment.

Normally these  one day courses will require the student to carry out some preparation by way of home study prior to the day on the water for which we will provide guidance notes.

Course fees
Assessment Only (4 hours): £225*
Tuition & Assessment (1 day): £375*

*prices based on 3 students