As a skipper your responsibility is first and foremost for the safety of the crew and safe handling the boat. In addition, you will be a guide and friend to your crew to ensure that your guests have the best time possible on The Yacht Week.
All skippers must be at least 20 years of age.
Whilst there is no maximum age for our skippers, we try to match the age of our skipper with the guests on the yacht. Generally, this means no skippers are older than 35 years old.
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You can obtain this from the Skipper Academy or from your local RYA registered training centre. More information on this can be found here.
The ASA 106 in addition to the USCG Masters License is the minimum requirement for American skippers. Although the RYA Yachtmaster is a preferred qualification.
Every TYW skipper needs to attend the Skipper Academy if they want to work for The Yacht Week. In crew skippers must meet our minimum requirements, click here to view these.
You will not be offered a skipper role on The Yacht Week.
If you worked for TYW before or already passed the course, you will be able to work without joining the Skipper Academy. Note that we will prioritise skippers with Yachtmaster certifications and commercial endorsements. We recommend all old TYW skippers to take their Yachtmasters.
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Unfortunately not. It is very important for us to provide the best skippers possible and we need make sure you can handle the role of a skipper.
If you are already qualified as a RYA Yachtmaster all you have to do is join the Skipper Academy. This is where we will look further in to maneuvering in ports and marinas, rafting boats together, usage of springs, caught anchors, the skipper role and other professional skipper qualities. Of course you will get to know all the other skippers and The Yacht Week management. If you pass the course you will be guaranteed a job in the summer.
Yes of course! We have many female skippers and you are very welcome to join.
Working as a Skipper
More information on skipper pay can be found here.
The boats are handed over during the afternoon on the first day of the event, which is Saturday on all events except BVI New Year where the start day can vary (please check boat assignment for exact date). Therefore you should aim to arrive at the marina by lunch time at the latest.
As a professional skipper you are responsible for the boat at all times. If any damages occur that are not directly caused by the crew, the skipper will have to pay for the damages. There is an optional hull insurance that can be taken out by skippers, which we highly recommend everyone take. More information on this will be available when you attend the Skipper Academy.
No, we can not. If you have to spend a night or two somewhere before or after the event we recommend that you book a bed in a nearby town.
A skipper will get a cabin made available by their guests.
The Skipper Manager will do their to best to match a crew with the most appropriate skipper. A crew may request a specific skipper.
Skippers will be assigned a yacht a couple of weeks before departure.
The more weeks you make yourself available for the summer, the more likely it is that you will get the job. We look for skippers that can work for at least 8 weeks.
Yes, the yacht is equipped with standard instruments, VHF radio, GPS, plotter and relevant sea charts for the area. There is also a GSM mobile phone onboard that receives text message forecasts and weather alerts every day.
No they are not.
No, the yachts are usually rented out the week before the event and not returned before the morning the new event starts. Therefore you will not be able to see the yacht beforehand. When the yacht is handed over you will get thorough check-in on all aspects of the yacht.
The likelihood is that it will be on different yachts, but you might be assigned the same yacht for more than one week in a row.
What are the additional costs for me as a skipper? How much money will I spend during a week as a skipper?
As a skipper you will pay your own travel costs to the event (flight and transfers). During the week your crew are expected to pay for all meals and non-alcoholic drinks, so your spending is determined by you for all other expenses.
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Will I be able to wash and dry my clothes at the marina during the Saturday when I change my yacht and crew?
Yes, you will be able to do this in the marina.
You will get a skipper polo and other items from our sponsors.
No, it’s one skipper for each yacht.