The 20 Fastest SuperYachts in the World

By Alex Holmes

Updated on August 14, 2023

Fastest Superyachts

Yachts were always associated with leisure, comfort, and luxury, floating gently in a gorgeous location or cruising unhurried to the next, but somewhere along the way, something changed. Yachts started becoming faster and more powerful, and their owners more obsessed with these characteristics than anything else. But that’s the way with every kind of vehicle these days, isn’t it?

Mankind is obsessed with speed. That’s a given. And it applies to everything, including superyachts, which, despite their size, can achieve impressive speeds over water.

Whether that speed is actually needed is debatable, but one can’t ignore that there are quite a few capable yachts out there and that the competition for the fastest superyacht in the world is a fierce one, as in everything that involves the man’s thirst for speed.

The following superyachts manage to blend both the need for speed and the craving for luxury. But these are above everything else, the fastest yachts in the world right now.

Let’s have a look.

  • 20. Cara Montana – 45 knots

Cara Montana Yacht

Cara Montana is a smaller yacht, manufactured in 2019 by a shipyard based in Genoa, called Otam. It’s a gorgeous maritime vehicle which spans only 25.9 meters in length, but is beautiful and powerful enough to impress.

Powered by twin MTU engines, outputting a total of 5,200 hp together, and equipped with twin surface drives, Cara Montana is able to reach a top speed of 45 knots, or just under 52 mph.

  • 19. Alamshar – 45 knots

Alamshar yacht

Completed in 2014 after a waiting time of 13 years spent in the manufacturing process, the Alamshar yacht can reach 45 knots, thanks to its twin Rolls-Royce Marine engines and three waterjets.

The naval architecture of the vessel was made by Donald L. Blount & Associates, the exterior design by Pininfarina, and the interior by Redman Whiteley Dixon. The whole project was put together by the Devonport shipyard in Falmouth, United Kingdom.

The Alamshar is 50 meter long, and costed a jaw dropping $200 million, paid by Aga Khan IV, for whom the custom yacht was made.

  • 18. Moon Goddess – 45 knots

Moon Goddess Yacht

Another lovely vessel from the superyacht world is the Moon Goddess. It’s on the smaller size, being only 35 meter long, but it’s capable of reaching 45 knots. The ship was built by Danish Yachts, with the naval architecture and exterior designs made by Espen Øino, a superyacht design icon.

The Moon Goddess can take up to six guests in three posh cabins, two twins and one for the owner, plus a crew of five. It’s propelled to a cruise speed of 25 knots, or the maximum of 45, by twin MTU 16V 4000 M90 diesel engines which generate a combined 7,498 hp.

  • 17. Shergar – 45 knots

Shergar Yacht

The acclaimed German shipyard Lürssen built Shergar in 1983 to be among the fastest yachts in the world. Decades later, it still holds its own among better and more technological advanced vessels.

Equipped with two MTU 12V 396 TB83 diesel power plants, and two Allison 571-KF gas turbines, the Shergar is capable of cruising at 40 knots and reaching a top speed of 45 knots.

  • 16. Seafire – 46 knots

Seafire Yacht

Seafire is a super yacht manufactured by AB Yachts, an Italian shipyard known for some impressive vessels. This one is among their fastest, able to reach a top speed of 46 knots.

The 42 meter super yacht is powered by a setup of three MTU 16V M94 units and three waterjets, giving it the possibility to cruise at an impressive speed of 43 knots, only 3 below its top speed.

  • 15. Octopussy 007 – 53.2 knots

Octopussy 007

Built back in 1988 by the renowned Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts and carrying a little of James Bond in its name, the Octopussy 007 is a 43.5 meter super yacht that can accommodate up to 10 guests and 7 crew members.

The vessel is powered by three MTU diesel engines that deliver 10,440 hp together, propelling the Octopussy forward at a cruising speed of 25 knots and a top speed of 53.2 knots.

It was on display at multiple boat shows around the world, and it changed owners for the last time in 2021. The naval architecture was done by Mulder Design, the exterior by Gerhard Gilgenast, and the interior by Art Line and Joachim Kinder Yacht Design.

Inside, it comes with 5 posh and extremely comfortable guest cabins, 1 master, 1 twin, and 3 double.

  • 14. Daloli – 54 knots

Daloli Yacht

The Daloli, also known as Pandion, built by Heesen Yachts, is a 36.5 vessel that enters the category of super yachts and impresses with a top speed of 54 knots, the equivalent of just over 62 mph.

The ship has a crew capacity of 6 and can host up to 8 passengers. There’s four cabins in total on its three decks, and the sheer beauty of its design can be seen both inside and on the outside.

It’s a real beauty, and a fast one as well.

  • 13. Why Not U – 55 knots

Why Not U

Originally named Nobody, the Why Not U was designed in 2001 by Overmarine as a deluxe super yacht that’s capable of getting his 9 guests and 3 crew to their next dream destination with a top speed of 55 knots. The power comes from a setup of Vericor TF40 gas turbine engines.

When it comes to living on it, it offers an impressive range of amenities on its teak decks. There’s several dining spots, entertainment and lounge rooms, sun bathing areas, and plenty more to be had on board of this stunning super yacht.

  • 12. Ermis² – 57 knots

Ermis² Yacht

The 37.5 meter super yacht Ermis², manufactured from special materials by the New Zealand shipyard McMullen & Wing, is among the fastest vessels out there, capable of a top speed of 57 knots, which is just a little over 65 mph.

The ship came out in 2007, but is still among the most innovative yachts in the world given the mix of composite materials, aerospace grade carbon fiber and titanium for its lightweight body.

That low weight, combined with the 10,944 hp outputted by the three MTU 16V 4000 M90 engines, allow this stunning yacht to reach that max speed of 57 knots.

  • 11. Chato – 57 knots

Chato Yacht

Chato is another small sized and powerful super yacht. It was built in 1986 by Baglietto from aluminium and was equipped with twin MTU 16V 396 TB94 diesel engines, which push it to a cruise speed of 35 knots and a max speed of 57 knots.

Chato is only 25.79 meters long, and that helps with a lower weight and a smaller profile under the surface of the water.

  • 10. Azimut Atlantic Challenger – 60 knots

Azimut Atlantic Challenger

The Azimut Atlantic Challenger strays away from the usual design of luxury yachts, but that only because it was built for a very different purpose, which was to win the Blue Riband award, an unofficial accolade given to a ship for making the fastest transatlantic crossing.

Unfortunately, the Azimut Atlantic Challenger failed to win, but it remained one of the fastest super yachts in the world, currently holding the 10th position, with a top speed of 60 knots.

It was built in 1988 by the Italian shipyard Benetti, with the exterior designed by Pininfarina. It’s a 26.82 meter aluminum monohull vessel and is powered by four CRM diesel engines, capable of outputting a combined 7,400 hp.

  • 9. Jet Ruban Bleu – 60 knots

Jet Ruban Bleu Yacht

The French built Jet Ruban Bleu is on par with the Azimut Atlantic Challenger and two other super yachts, at least when it comes to the top speed. They can all do 60 knots.

Jet Ruban Bleu is 25 meter long, was designed by Gilles Ollier and Coste Design & Partners and created by Multiplast. It was outfitted with a single MTU engine capable of 3,500 hp alone.

  • 8. Oci Ciornie – 60 Knots

Oci Ciornie Yacht

Oci Ciornie was a super yacht project that was realized by American shipyard Palmer Johnson, the Dutch Vripack, and the well known naval architect Don Shead in 1998.

The vessel features an aluminum hull, and uses two 1,800 hp MTU 16V 2000 M90 engines, a 4,600 hp AVCO Lycoming gas turbine, plus Arneson surface drives. This combination propels the Oci Ciornie with a top speed of 60 knots.

The ship is able to carry up to eight guests in a master suite, a double cabin, and a twin room. There’s a nice and streamlined deck that features a superb saloon and outside areas for relaxation, while the interior takes inspiration from aircraft designs.

  • 7. Brave Challenger – 60 Knots

Brave Challenger Yacht

With the same 60 knot top speed of the above ships, the Brave Challenger is to be lauded, since it’s much older, being built back in 1960. The project was completed by Vosper Ltd in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, with the intention of becoming a Brave Class fast patrol boat. It was only later that the ship was converted for private use.

The Brave Challenger is powered by three Rolls-Royce Proteus gas turbines, which output a total of 13,500 hp, which combined with the only 31 meter length and lower weight, can push the boat to the top speed of 60 knots.

  • 6. Kereon – 62.3 Knots

Kereon Yacht

The Italian yard AB Yachts, the one behind Seafire above at number 16, built in 2004 one of the fastest super yachts in the world, the Kereon. It’s capable of hitting a top speed of 62.3 knots, and that thanks to the three CRM diesel engines that produce a good 6,300 hp.

Since the total power is so low in comparison to others on this list, it makes sense that a shorter length of 27 meters and a performant hull design are at play to aid in reaching those speeds.

The ship has a very sporty aesthetic, all metallic silver, and can cruise at 50 knots for about 900 miles.

  • 5. Gentry Eagle – 63.5 knots

Gentry Eagle Yacht

Gentry Eagle was a special project done by Vosper Thornycroft in 1988 for the legendary Tom Gentry, who achieved almost everything he could achieve in terms of powerboat speed records during his lifetime, including the coveted Blue Riband. The vessel, capable of 63.5 knots, helped him win the Blue Riband in 1989, with a record time of 62 hours and 7 minutes.

Gentry Eagle’s design was done by Grant Robinson and Peter Birkett, with the interior by Robin Rose. In 1992, the ship became a private super yacht.

  • 4. Galeocerdo – 65 Knots

Galeocerdo Yacht

Galeocerdo is a very futuristic looking ship, with sleek lines and a hull designed to maintain high speeds in rough sea conditions. It measures 36 meters in length, and is capable of hitting 65 knots.

The vessel was built in 2003 in Italy, by Rodriguez Yachts and is powered by three Vericor TF50 gas turbines, each tied to a Rolls-Royce Kamewa water jet. The total power output rises to a whooping 16,800 hp.

  • 3. Destriero – 66 knots

Destriero Yacht

Destriero was launched back in 1991 by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri. It has a length of 68.18 meters and features a design made by Pininfarina and Donald Blount. This ship was again built with the sole purpose of winning the Blue Riband by breaking the old record of crossing the Atlantic.

She did it in 1992, after it crossed the ocean twice without refueling, setting a new record of 58 hours, 34 minutes, and 5 seconds. but the Blue Riband award was denied for her, since it’s awarded only to passenger vessels and not private yachts.

What allowed Destriero to set a new record was the power of 54,000 hp, given by the Codag engine and the three GE Aviation LM1600 gas turbines, pushing the ship to a max speed of 66 knots, or 76 mph.

  • 2. World Is Not Enough – 67 Knots

World Is Not Enough yacht

The Dutch superyacht World Is Not Enough, built in 2004 by Millenium Super Yachts, comes second place with a top speed of 67 knots. The vessel is powered by two Paxman diesel engines and two Lycoming gas turbines, which give an output of 20,600 hp, and a good 3800 nautical miles cruising range at a cruising speed of 10 knots.

With its 42.4 meters of luxury and beauty, World Is Not Enough can accommodate up to 10 guests and 7 crew members in five extravagant cabins, offering plenty of comfort and areas for relaxation. The vessel features formal dining spaces, indoor bar, and al fresco dining and lounge areas on all decks, for the ultimate pleasure away from civilization.

  • 1. Foners – 70.1 knots

Foners Yacht

The Foners is currently the fastest super yacht in the world, with a 70.1 knots top speed, keeping the first spot since its delivery back in 2000. The power behind its top speed comes from two MAN engines and three Rolls Royce gas turbines, combining together to output a whooping 21,380 hp.

Her cruising speed is 12 knots, and allows her to reach a range of 1,800 nautical miles.

But of course speed isn’t everything here, as the eye is impressed a lot when stepping on board. Built by the Spanish shipyard Izar, Foners comes with splendid interiors, formal dining rooms, and plenty of space on the decks for al fresco dining. Its 6 crew and up to 8 guests can be accommodated on board, in luxurious cabins.

These are the fastest super yachts in the world, a competition that keeps on going, dominated for the last two decades by the Spanish vessel Foners.

As technology progresses, it will be interesting to see how it holds up against newer yachts.

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With the 80, the designer is not exactly throwing sustainability to the winds—but he’s not embracing it, either. Any yacht with 6,000 hp is clearly not eco-friendly. But, counters Acampora, the Bolide (Italian for “fireball”) is more sustainable than traditional motoryachts in its class. The 80 consumes half the fuel at 50 knots that a similar-sized flybridge would use running at 25 knots. “You get from point A to point B in half the time, using half the fuel,” he tells Robb Report during a tour at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Calling the 80 the “culmination” of his career as a designer, Acampora penned hull number one for an experienced client who wanted a new definition of high performance. He got it.

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The 80 breathes speed all across its long, slender profile, from the steps in the hull to the air scoops along the side, to the three massive surface-piercing propellers at the stern. The boat is powered by triple 2,000 hp MAN diesels that are staggered to fit in the engine room. But they deliver a ridiculous top end, making it “the fastest yacht in the world,” according to the designer. So much so that it’s the first in what will be an even more ridiculously named category, the Hyper Muscle Yacht, or HMY. Bolide has four other models in design to fill in the gaps.

This Bolide isn’t for everyone—and, in fact, is really for one person—but anyone who stepped on board at Monaco, much less got to do a sea trial, had to admit it was very cool, even if they didn’t like the concept. It stood out among the vanilla superyachts at Monaco.

To gain the low weight but retain the structural integrity needed for churning through the ocean at high speed, the 80 is built of carbon-fiber composites. Across the exterior, Acampora also made good use of the exposed carbon to give it a space-age look. The black-nickel topsides work well with the gray cockpit, which is offset by burnt-sienna upholstery.

The styling, from the three center steps at the stern to a large u-shaped seating area for 12, emphasizes curves and fluidity. The hardtop also undulates with an aerodynamic shape matching the profile.

Yacht Bolide 80 Captain's station.

The helm is also in keeping with the rest of the boat, featuring an Alcantara F-1 steering wheel, a single, 32-inch electronics console panel, and three tall seats so the driver and passengers will feel like they’re cocooned in at those blistering speeds.

But the 80’s real surprise is the interior by Loro Piana, a dark, elegant man cave with leather trim nearly everywhere, interspersed with carbon fiber. It’s no surprise that the two-stateroom layout (it also comes in three cabins) is unusual, customized for the owner.

Acampora refers to it as the owner’s “suite.” It includes a small guest cabin to port, large center salon in the center and main suite up front.

Yacht Bolide 80 pullman's dresser

The salon is much larger than expected, with surprising headroom, skylights, and lounges on either side. Leather is everywhere, from the couches to the stylized, pullman-style drawers and cabinets, to the curved ceilings.

Yacht Bolide 80 Main Salon.

Forward is what Acampora calls the “vestibule,” a small corridor with storage that leads to the main suite. This area is much brighter up front, with a monochromatic white bed and walls, offset by a bright, mustard-colored leather dresser.

The ensuite and shower return to the darker theme, with a black marble sink with stylized (black, of course) handles. The black toilet and bidet are, naturally, carbon fiber. Even items like the fire extinguishers are noteworthy since they’re finished in mirror-polished stainless steel, and the leather straps on the dresser drawers replace latches to prevent rattling.

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It’d be easy to get lost in the wonderland interior, but the Bolide 80 is still, at heart, a fast yacht. “Too many vessels these days focus on style and aesthetics,” says Acampora. “We’re really focused on performance.”

The Bolide 80 will come in a limited-edition series of 10 customized boats, costing about $10 million.

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Revealed: Feadship's 72.6m superyacht concept Project 2024

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Revealed during an online press conference, Project 2024 was created in partnership with Nauta and features naval architecture penned by Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects.

The concept was created as an answer to various client requests, the yard said, and is specifically designed for clients who “have neither experience nor interest in the complex technical aspects of a new build”.

Instead, Project 2024 offers an “enormous range of bespoke premium quality choices”. All core technical elements have already been devised, with essential engineering and naval architecture complete. 

This will allow clients to save on delivery time and leave them free to “create their own custom Feadship”. As a result, the superyacht can be ready for delivery in time for the 2024 summer season.

Speaking about the concept, chief marketing officer Farouk Nefzi said Project 2024 was inspired by a slew of futuristic superyacht concepts presented by designers throughout the market.

“We have been witnessing many beautiful future concepts where new technology and amazing fantasies have been displayed. But the big question is what is really possible today and what kind of innovation can be incorporated today.”

Feadship said the project is “very different from any other superyacht concept design available on the market” and has been “thought through to the highest degree of accuracy”

It came about when Nauta and the yard were collaborating on another Feadship superyacht project, as the yard explained: “Their warm relationship inspired them to consider how their shared ideal Feadship might look for prospective clients enquiring about how to bypass the early technical stage of a new build development.”

Together with Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects, Nauta and Feadship spent several months of design and development creating a “custom project that would integrate all their shared expertise”.

The result is the 72m Project 2024, a fully Tier III complaint superyacht built from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure.

Speaking about the concept, Feadship chief executive Jan-Bart Verkuyl said the design team had tried to incorporate a range of design trends dominating the market. These include sustainability, forward-thinking innovation and design, explorer yachts and futuristic features.

“We tried to create a platform for clients to spend high-quality time with their families. The result is a family-oriented yacht which is 70 metres and features all the design trends. We know people like to be able to explore from the yacht so we have a touch and go helicopter pad on the bow, lots of glass and lots of connection between the outside and inside.”

Key exterior features include large windows, a low profile and “understated” bulwarks, with the superyacht offering far-reaching ocean views and connecting interior and exterior areas.

The 564 sqm of interior space is completely customisable according to the tastes and wishes of the owner and includes accommodation for 12 guests across a full-beam master cabin, VIP cabin and eight additional cabins that can be arranged as either doubles or twins.

Positioned forward of the main deck, the master cabin is described as “an oasis of personal privacy and pleasure” with fine fabrics and laminated surfaces to create “an air of transparency”. The bedroom features walk-in his and hers walk-in wardrobes, a lounge and private balcony and leads into the upper deck, which features a sky lounge and outdoor dining facilities.

Forward of the upper deck has been earmarked as a touch-and-go helideck, however this could be developed into an additional seating area if the owner desires.

The sun deck above is divided into three different zones. The forward area is equipped with a Jacuzzi and set up for sunbathing while the central area is dedicated to a dining area for 12 guests sheltered by sliding transparent windbreaker panels. A bar area sits aft. Additionally, an elevator can transport guests around the yacht while a full-height food lift covers all decks.

Back on the main deck, the aft area moves “seamlessly” into the main saloon, which is divided into a lounge and dining area with full-height windows and far-reaching ocean views. There is also the option to include fold-out balconies here, extending the lounge over the water.

One particular standout feature – the beach club – is found aft of the lower deck. The design includes foldout side wings that extend the beach club by an estimated 80%. The area also includes a 3.3 metre swimming pool and plentiful seating. The beach club is closely connected to the main deck aft with gently sloping stairs – an intentional design feature that will allow parents to keep a close eye on their playing children on the beach club below.

Speaking about the beach club concept, Verkuyl said: “Lots of beach clubs are being developed inside the yachts but also we’re seeing the beach clubs opening up more and more. It’s an elegant space connecting you with the water around you - a place you would like to spend high-quality time with your family.”

Project 2024 includes accommodation for a total of 18 crew members, including a dedicated captain’s cabin and eight additional cabins on the lower deck.

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An intensive 7 week course that starts every Monday all year that will take the novice and develop the skills required to undertake the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Exam. The course will include:

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical and Theory plus
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Practical and Theory.

RYA Training and the final Assessment is delivered at our Barcelona Palamos Base. This is a Professional RYA/MCA course that combined with a Medical ENG1 or ML5 plus Sea Survival and a VHF SRC Course leads to commercial endorsements that enable the holder to work commercially up to 20 miles offshore.

Course Contents RYA Yachtmaster Coastal

You can choose the path you would like to take we have given a suggestion here to lead you through from novice to RYA Coastal Skipper or RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Commercially Endorsed in 7 weeks. Previous experience is obviously ideal to join this course. Please let us know what level you are currently at.

This Module can lead to the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Qualification and includes the following

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical
  • RYA Coastal Skipper Practical
  • RYA Sea Survival Either Stcw 10 or RYA Sea Survival additional costs apply
  • RYA SRC VHF Radio Operator Licence
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep
  • (Only additional requirement Medical and Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR) Course)
  • Exam fees are not included and students must be at the level required during the 7 weeks in order for us to organise their Exam.

This next course is also available for RYA Coastal Skippers who want to progress on to RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Commercially Endorsed.

Advanced Course for RYA Yachtmaster Coastals to progress to Yachtmaster Offshore.

  • RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Revision
  • RYA Coastal Skipper Theory Revision
  • Skills and Drills, Marina Berthing MOB
  • Top up miles and any remaining qualifying passages (you must have 1250)
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep and Exam
  • Prep week is 5 days plus 1 for the Offshore Assessment
  • Exam fees and costs of the Examiner are not included in the tariff.

Acceptable First Aid Certificates RYA First Aid or STCW Elementary First Aid

Yacht Crew MCA Basic Safety Training STCW 10 Course

For those students working or looking for positions in the Super Yacht industry you can add a further week for the STCW 10 course all 5 moduls are included.

Professional Practices and Responsibilities Course (PPR)

Rya/mca master of yachts fastrack yachtmaster coastal skipper novice to coastal 7 weeks of training barcelona and gibraltar. qualify this year for flotilla skipper jobs in spring summer 2022 and 2023., 7 weeks of intensive training barcelona palamos and gibraltar - the course is liveaboard for the duration and half board - accommodation, breakfast and lunch aboard. exam fees and examiner costs not included., £4995 or €5585.

Fill the form below to Book the course and one of our team members will contact you as soon as we received your booking form:

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Yachtmaster Fast Track

Dates and prices.

Fast Track 1/2024 Start Date: 25 February 2024 Finish Date: 16 June 2024 Duration: 16 weeks (includes 83 days at sea, 17 days shore-based and 3 breaks totalling 9 days) Price £9,900

Fast Track 2/2024 Start Date: 21 April 2024 Finish Date: 11 August 2024 Duration: 16 weeks (includes 83 days at sea, 17 days shore-based and 3 breaks totalling 9 days) Price £9,900

Fast Track 3/2024 Start Date: 23 June 2024 Finish Date 18 October 2024 Duration: 16 weeks (includes 83 days at sea, 17 days shore-based and 3 breaks totalling 9 days) Price £9,900

The Elite Fast Track Professional Yachtmaster (Sail) course is a complete, full-time training package designed to take you from sailing and seamanship basics right up to commercially endorsed RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore. It provides a rapid and thorough route to this definitive skipper’s qualification for yachting industry professionals or amateur sailors wanting to achieve the highest competence quickly. Our instructors are highly experienced yachtmaster instructors, specially chosen for their sailing and teaching skills.

We have 3 scheduled courses every year.  But other start dates are available – including both early and late season starts – and we can adjust the content and price to reflect any prior experience you may have.

Why choose Elite Sailing:

  • At least 78 days training at sea. Over 2,500 quality sea miles logged
  • Individual attention – only 5 students per course
  • A professional sailing school with a good track record
  • Superb marina base with excellent training waters just 45 minutes from central London
  • Genuine all-inclusive Prices
  • Includes 7 week circumnavigation of Britain

View the full Yachtmaster Training Prospectus  – Click on the blue panel below

To check availability on scheduled courses, request a specially tailored course – or any other questions:

Call us on 01634 890512 or email [email protected] .

For special programmes please summarise your experience and say when you can start and by when you would like to complete the training.

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Great school, fantastic skippers, and easy to reach from London! Really can recommend the weekend courses if you are busy working.

- Leonard Wossnig

Friendly but highly professional sail training, both shore-based and practical. Fred and the team are now my "go-to" RYA trainers of choice. After all, if you learn to sail in the Medway and Thames Estuary, in British weather, in February and March, you can probably sail anywhere!

- Gareth Draper

Positive: Communication, Professionalism, Quality, Value 100% recommended, good people dedicated, learnt a lot from Paul my instructor and Fred the boss.

- Richard Collis

Absolutely amazing experience. I took part in 2 days Milebuilder. Well prepared. It’s a pleasure to learn from such experienced people like Steve who was a skipper. Highly recommend and hope to return soon.

- Piotr Kurzawa

I've just come back from my first weekend for competent Crew and wow what a great experience. I definitely think I’ve got the sailing bug now. I was nervous before I started the course due to never sailing before. Also, I thought I'd be meeting people completely different from myself, and I wouldn't gel I am covered in tattoos and talk like someone from the cast of Harry brown 😂but everyone was sooo cool and the skipper big Steve was a proper lad and a great teacher! Spoke to us through the whole process, and he also allowed us to make mistakes and build our confidence to get it right. 👌

- David Barrett

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RYA Yachtmaster™ Fast Track

Price: from £10,500 (£1,000 deposit to secure your space)

Location: Starts from our base at Premier Gosport Marina, and visits different ports around the Solent and adjacent waters

Duration: 18 Weeks

The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Fast Track course takes you from limited or zero sailing experience all the way up to a fully qualified RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ , with all the required practical, theory courses, mile-building and sailing experience you’ll need to help get you qualified*.

Developed by some of the best RYA Yachtmaster Instructors and world-leading Marine industry experts, our Yachtmaster Fast Track scheme is far more comprehensive and better value than the competition – Compare what we offer against others!

Why go elsewhere? Book your place on our next RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Fast Track course!

Booking details

Please select your preferred start date below.

  • Monday 9th September 2024 (4 spaces)

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Course Information

Joining Instructions: Please click here for course joining instructions

The RYA Yachtmaster Exam application fee isn’t included in the above cost. Please click here to print-off the RYA Yachtmaster exam application form :

Recommended Reading: RYA Day Skipper Handbook Sail (G71), RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques (G94), RYA Yachtmaster™ scheme and syllabus (G158), Commodore Yachting programme syllabus

Course Prerequisites: None required, although some sailing experience is preferred.

Minimum Age: 18+

Holiday & Skippers Insurance: We would advise ALL our customers to ensure they have suitable holiday & Skippers insurance in-place. Yachtsman’s insurance is available from a variety of souces like Topsail Insurance and can cover things like cancellations and personal effects cover.

This course is an investment in yourself. We will take you from a raw student to RYA Yachtmaster™ within an 18 week programme syllabu s.

With the skills learnt on the programme you will have a great, foundation ready to start your professional career.

Read more about what we offer on our RYA Yachtmaster™ Fast Track programme that other centres don’t, here .

Who is the course for:

The RYA Yachtmaster™ Fast Track programme is designed for anyone who wants to make the sea their choice of career, and is dedicated and determined enough to invest heavily in themselves over a defined timeframe.

This course will to take your sailing to the next level with a highly respected and well-recognised professional qualification at the end.

It’s well advised that you have undertaken some sailing recently and have completed at least 100 sea miles.

This course is demanding and requires a lot of input, effort and dedication from you.  We will give you all the support and guidance you need in order to help you achieve the ultimate end-goal that is the award of an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ qualification.

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What we cover on the course:

This 18 week RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Fast Track programme will take you from a raw student to RYA Yachtmaster™, and will cover a variety of courses and sailing exercises during your time with us.

By the end of the programme you will have hopefully achieved the end-goal in that you will be an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ with a great professional sailing career ahead of you.

The courses and events you’ll undertake on the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Fast Track programme are:

  • RYA Competent Crew (Twice!)
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical (Twice!)
  • RYA First Aid at Sea
  • RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal Theory (Twice!)
  • RYA Yachtmaster™ Preparation (Twice!)
  • RYA Yachtmaster Exam (Exam fees at students own cost)
  • Self-sailing weeks & mile-building time (Yacht charter – No instructor on board)
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • Diesel engine maintenance
  • Yacht maintenance
  • Plus various internal courses and teaching sessions

Check out what we offer against other providers – We provide the most comprehensive package in the industry, giving you better value for money.

We put you through selected training courses twice, reinforcing your learning experience without putting you under pressure to get it right first time around.

Accommodation is also included for the full 18 weeks, even during shore-time courses*

We even provide you with a full set of new wet-weather kit to take away with you upon completion of the course.

Why go anywhere else?

*Subject to boat availability

Course formats & details:

Courses run in a single format:

  • 18 weeks duration

The final programme and series of courses, training time and self-experience sessions will be scheduled and agreed upon commencement. Take a look at our RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Fast Track programme syllabus .

Taken over a continuous 18 week period with allotted breaks for self-learning, self-sailing and revision time, this course demands dedication and hard work. The course syllabus is intensive yet achievable, and is structured to give you the best chance of success.*

If you want further information for our RYA Yachtmaster™ Fast Track programme , take a look at our detailed syllabus .

*Qualification subject to the student demonstrating a satisfactory level of performance on the RYA Yachtmaster exam to the examiners satisfaction. Passing this course is not guaranteed.

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Our Principal says this about the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Fastrack Course:

Ok so this is the big one, this is your gateway entry into a professional career in sailing, and all the places it’ll take you.

This programme will fully immerse you in the world of sailing, and will push you to your limits, demanding maximum effort from you at all times. It’s not an undertaking for anyone who thinks it’ll be easy, so prepare yourself for what will  be a very demanding yet ultimately extremely satisfying investment in yourself!

Working closely with our team, you will be taught a number of different techniques and skills. You’ll build an incredible depth of knowledge and confidence that will take you forwards into your new career.

You will be sharing accommodation with your fellow students so will have to work together as a team and be adults about accommodation and sleeping arrangements.

We’ll start you off with the basics, and will encourage, guide and drive you until you’ve mastered them all. You’ll have ample self-learning slots which will include time aboard one of our fleet yachts for some quality self-sailing. This will help build confidence in skippering and crew management, amongst other skills.

From budgeting for food, to thinking about how to cook on the boat, the whole show will be a success or failure based on your decisions, truly providing an ongoing learning experience you can move forwards with.

You will be completely hands-on with the maintance and upkeep of the Yachts you are on, if somethings breaks you will be fixing it with the maintance team, or maybe at sea with your crew. Either way, you’ll need to grasp and fully understand those skills and theories in order to succeed.

All the above may sound daunting, but remember you’ve got the Premier sea school backing you all the way. Our dedicated and experienced team will guide, inform, coach and help you all the way.*

To read more about what we offer that other sea schools don’t, and how we give you the best experience and training available, why not take a look at our RYA Yachtmaster™ Fastrack syllabus .

*Qualification is subject to the student demonstrating the required level of competence to the examiner in the RYA Yachtmaster exam. Passing this course is not guaranteed.

Customer reviews

A fantastic weekend of sailing, almost 130 NM in all, with a relaxed, but fully engaging skipper. Great set up and brilliant on the admin. Thanks Stef, Tom et al!

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I did a weeks coastal skipper course getting ready for my yacht master and I have to say it was one of the best training weeks I’ve had - our training instructor was superb, exactly the sort of person that you want. He could inspire, provide discipline and impart knowledge as well as let you learn through your own mistakes. Tom and Steph run an excellent operation there and I highly recommend it. They’re flexible and very helpful when it comes to your journey into being a qualified sailor.

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465ft FastTrack™

Inflatable kayak, about the 465ft fasttrack™ inflatable kayak.

The Sea Eagle 465ft FastTrack™ combines all the features of it's smaller sister (the 385ft FastTrack™) with the ability to carry more cargo and persons.

Now featuring the new, patented, state of the art, external, rigid, inflatable NeedleKnife™ Keel for a faster, smoother paddling experience! (U.S. Patent #8,286,573 2)

About the FastTrack™ Series

Sea Eagle FastTrack™ Kayaks are sleeker and faster and than ever before! The FastTrack's™ combination of sleek, curved, touring shape with state of the art "NeedleKnife Keel" provides true rigid kayak performance with the benefits of an inflatable. Most importantly, the FastTrack™ is designed to be extremely safe and stable.


A great feature is the fact that Sea Eagle FastTrack™ kayaks weigh far less than most all-rigid kayaks. Rigid kayaks can weigh 65-70 lbs, our Sea Eagle FastTracks™ weigh just 35 & 44 lbs respectively. This makes handling our kayaks a dream by comparison. Best of all, because FastTracks™ are inflatable they can be packed into a bag that's a mere fraction of their size!

Sea Eagle FastTracks™ are a breakthrough in design that combine high performance paddling with ultra-light weight and stow-able portability.


Certifications, deflated hull size, when deflated and packed well, this hull will fit in:.

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Standard Features

  • NMMA Certified
  • 2 Open and close drain valves
  • Front & rear spray skirts with storage below and elastic rope lacing for additional storage above
  • Separate inner High Pressure Drop Stitch floor for greater rigidity
  • Large, removable, swept back skeg at rear to control yaw and improve speed
  • Outside drop stitch high pressure keel at bow for true tracking
  • 20 D-rings to secure seats and gear
  • State of the art NeedleKnife Keel
  • Bow and Stern grab handles
  • Hull material resistant to sun & saltwater
  • Nylon carry bag, repair kit & Printed instructions

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465ft FastTrack™ Reviews

We've had this beast for one summer so far, solid boat! Tracks quite well with the keel. Easy to inflate/deflate, just make sure you dry it before storage. No problem with connections, couplings so far. The custom pump works really well, and fast! You can run it with a battery jumper/booster, just make sure you get one with a 20A socket(most only have 5A or 10A, but you need 20A). The high-back seats and carbon paddles are terrific! The glue work is done very well. Everything takes up minimal space in our SUV when folded up. Just make sure you can handle hefting around the 50lbs it weighs if you get the big 3 seat yak. We usually pack a nice sandwich or two for a day on the ponds.

I have been out in the 465ft on a few lakes in Maine. As a single person, paddling the craft has been easy. With my grandson with me, we just fly! It is supremely stable, has a ton of room, and the grandson likes fishing from it. I was a bit concerned with pulling up to an island in the lake - rocky bottom as we approached. The craft was just fine with no issues. Loaded up with seats is a bit difficult for one person, perhaps unwieldy is a better term. Inflating and deflating are no problem! I'm in my 60s and very pleasantly surprised that, as a female, I can manage it ok by myself! Definitely worth it! I'm having a great time out on my own!

Love our Seaeagle FT 465. Glad we got the 465 for the extra room for our pup and gear. Just got back from a Florida vacation where the 465 was very stable giving us confidence to paddle on some bigger bays and some ventures out of the inlets along the shore ( calm days ). Even handled the wakes from the yachts of the Marco Island millionaires

We've had our 3-person 465 FastTrack for two full summers and couldn't be happier with it. We primarily use it as a double on lakes and lazy rivers for myself and my near-adult daughter who experiences disability. Entering and exiting any kayak are challenging for her. However, the inflatable floor and sides are very stable, making the start and finish to our trips so much easier and safer. The risk of capsizing is minimal compared to a fiberglass or plastic double kayak. Once we're on the water, it tracks very straight and true, and it's easy to maneuver turns and reversals. Even on windy days, it holds course as well as any hard-shell kayak we've tried. The flat seats are not especially comfortable, but they sit low in the boat, which helps with stability. We supplement those with after-market gel seat-toppers to increase the cushion. The shell of this kayak is very durable - topside and underside - and holds up to repeated launches and landings. No regrets on this purchase whatsoever.

Key Features

Sea eagle's patented needleknife™ rigid inflatable keel.

Sea Eagle's Patented NeedleKnife™ Rigid Inflatable Keel

The unique external drop stitch construction inflatable keel allows the FastTrack™ to paddle far faster and straighter than other inflatable kayaks. The keel features sharp bow and stern molds that slice through wind, waves and current for a super fast, super clean entry and exit! The inflatable bow keel also provides the buoyancy and lift needed to ride over waves and further improve speed. (U.S. Patent #8,286,573 2)

Sleek Asymmetrical Shape

Sleek Asymmetrical Shape

The FastTrack's sleek asymmetrical shape is tapered and narrow at the bow while being wider at the stern. This allows the FastTrack™ to punch through waves faster and easier because of the narrower bow while providing buoyancy where most needed - where 1 to 3 paddlers sit.

Super Rigid Drop Stitch Floor On Top Of Outside Floor

Super Rigid Drop Stitch Floor On Top Of Outside Floor

The unique modular design of the Sea Eagle FastTrack™ features a super rigid, high pressure, drop stitch floor that sits on top of an outside floor. This has several advantages. The high pressure DS floor provides great rigidity and rigid hull like performance. The reinforced outside fabric floor provides a double layer of added protection where it's most needed. The modular design allows the DS floor to be easily removed for quick and thorough cleaning.

Large Removable Rear Center Skeg

Large Removable Rear Center Skeg

A nice feature of this design is that the skeg can be removed with the FastTrack™ inflated or deflated. Simply remove it for whitewater and skinny water adventures (eliminating it as an obstruction)and replace it for flat water to reduce yawing (swinging to the right or left). This increases track-ability during long flat-water touring, maximizing efficiency.

4 Separate Independent Safety Air Chambers

4 Separate Independent Safety Air Chambers

4 Separate Independent Safety Air Chambers for added safety: Starboard Side, External Keel, Removeable Floor, and Portside. Providing an added level of security and peace of mind.

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Deluxe 2 person package.

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465ft FastTrack™ Deluxe Kayak Package For Two

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The only thing better than kayaking with two is kayaking with three!

Pro 2 Person Package

465ft Pro 2 Person

Take it to the next level with the 465ft FastTrack™ Kayak Pro Package for two. Featuring cockpit seating and high performance paddles.

Pro Package

465ft Pro

Take to the next level with the 465ft FastTrack™ Kayak Pro Package for three. Featuring cockpit seating and high performance paddles.

Pro Motor Package

465ft Pro Motor

Take it to the next level with the 465ft FastTrack™ Kayak Pro Motor Package featuring cockpit seating and high performance paddles as well as the new fresh and saltwater WaterSnake Asp T24 Electric Motor*. *Battery not included.

Pro Carbon Package

465ft Pro Carbon

Our Pro Carbon Kayak Package features everything in the Pro Package plus upgraded, top end Carbon-Fiber Paddles.

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465ft QuikSail Bixpy Motor

The QuikSail® Bixpy™ Motor Package gives you endless options. You can motor, sail, or paddle your 465ft - or any combination of the three with ease. *Motor cannot ship outside the contiguous U.S.


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  • have been test inflated for 48 hours
  • might have very minimal wear (no barnacles or algae)
  • are covered by our regular 120 day money back guarantee
  • and three year bow-to-stern warranty , just like our new boats.
  • might contain prior-generation components

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Kayak Carry Bag for FastTracks, Explorers, and SUP's

Auto Dual Action Pump

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When Offshore Sailing School developed the course curriculum and registered the name Fast Track to Cruising® in 2006, it set the stage for the most comprehensive and successful catamaran sailing course in the country. Don’t be fooled by copy-cats who claim to teach the same course. There is only one program – the Fast Track to Cruising® Course taught by Offshore Sailing School’s professional instructors – that truly gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to handle sailboats up to 50’ in just about any weather, without hired captain or professional crew.

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Whether you have no sailing experience, have sailed small sailboats, or are returning to sailing after a long hiatus, this in-depth sailing course is perfect for you. The Offshore Sailing School Fast Track to Cruising® Course has no prerequisites. You can focus on catamaran sailing skills or monohull sailing skills. When you enroll you will receive US Sailing textbooks that cover what is asked on the certification tests.

Advanced Preparation to Help You Speed Through the Cruising for Beginners Course

When you read the books in advance, you will be well-prepared for our comprehensive course curriculum, which includes classroom training and hands-on keelboat sailing lessons, followed by a full course of monohull or catamaran sailing lessons. You learn from professional, experienced instructors who receive accolades from their students on course evaluations. See the “What You Learn” tab below for more details.

We had so many “AH HA” moments. The Fast Track to Cruising Course was amazing!! Our instructor was fantastic. We are both educators and appreciated his attentiveness to making sure we understood the concepts and skills we achieved. The 2 days on the Colgate definitely prepared us for the bigger boat, which by the end of the week we were very comfortable taking out by ourselves. Even with 8 years of sailing we couldn’t imagine just coming and chartering a big boat without taking this class first! Pamela and Dan Cronin – Pierre, South Dakota Read more testimonials here

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Learn on a catamaran or monohull.

The first two days of your Fast Track to Cruising® sailing lessons are on a Colgate 26 in OSS 101– a high-performance open-cockpit keelboat daysailer used by the US Naval and Coast Guard Academies for training plebes and cadets. Then you board one of our cruising boats – a 40′ to 48′ catamaran or a 43′ to 50′ monohull for OSS 103/104 – and learn to handle the same boats you will soon charter in the Caribbean or elsewhere around the world!

Exclusive Sailing School for The Moorings

Offshore Sailing School has been the exclusive sailing school for The Moorings, the most prominent charter company in the world, for over 40 years. Our standard monohull for Bareboat Cruising Certification in the BVI is a Moorings 50.4 , fifty feet of sheer fun that gives you the confidence to charter any size boat anywhere! Offshore Sailing School cruising course graduates are also “Captains” in The Mooring’s preferred charter program and get charter discounts after completing this monohull or catamaran sailing course. Just ask the two largest charter companies in the world – The Moorings and Sunsail – how much they value our more than 8000 recent graduates of the Offshore Sailing School Fast Track to Cruising® course.

“I live in Colorado with very little sailing experience over the years since college. I’m now 61. When I told The Moorings about my “meager experience,” they seemed to be far more interested that I had completed the Fast Track to Cruising Course with Offshore. They considered that more relevant than a logbook full of experience. I was deemed qualified to bareboat charter a 43’ Beneteau.” John Klebba – Lakewood, CO Read more testimonials here

International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) for Chartering Overseas

If you plan to charter in Europe or other areas overseas, you may be required to show your certification certificates and an International Proficiency Certificate. US Sailing, the governing body of sailing in the United States, will issue this certificate for a nominal fee for U.S. citizens who have achieved US Sailing Bareboat Cruising Certification. For details, view the IPC page on US Sailing’s website or go to and search IPC.

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“I learned a lot and feel confident in my sailing. The course also encouraged teamwork. My husband and I did this trip as an anniversary gift and Christmas gift. I was very pleased with the course and our working together. It was a good marriage/teambuilding experience.” Kim Sissell – Mandeville, LA Read more testimonials here 

A Note About Night Sailing

Most charter agencies do not allow night sailing and require that you are anchored, docked or on a mooring before sunset. Night sailing is not covered in this course, but is covered in our Coastal Passage Making (OSS 106) courses, the next step in your learning process.

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The Fast Track to Cruising® Course prepares you for big boat ownership and charter cruising on your own, without a professional captain and crew aboard (called Bareboat Cruising by charter companies). Depending on weather conditions and the learning pace of all in your class (maximum four per boat per instructor unless you opt for a Private Family Course), the following knowledge and skills are learned and practiced in your catamaran sailing lessons.

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Our Fast Track® sailing courses prepare you for charter cruising, without professional captain and crew aboard (called Bareboat Cruising by charter companies). You start with the Learn to Sail course and continue with the Bareboat Charter Cruising Course format where you stay ashore at night, or the Live Aboard Cruising format (see both below). Depending on weather conditions and the learning pace of all in your class (maximum four per boat per instructor unless you opt for a Private Family Course), the following knowledge and skills are learned and practiced.

Learn to Sail Course – First Two Days

  • Nautical terminology
  • Rigging and sails
  • Getting underway
  • Proper winch techniques
  • Finding wind direction
  • Points of sailing
  • Tacking and jibing
  • Wind and sail interaction
  • Maneuvering in close quarters
  • Wind pressure and lift
  • Heeling and stability
  • Apparent wind
  • Wind shifts
  • Sailing wing and wing
  • Stopping and starting under sail, without an engine
  • Sailing backwards, no engine
  • Rudderless sailing
  • Sail trim and sail shape
  • Boat balance
  • Mooring and anchoring
  • Docking under sail
  • Most used knots
  • Right-of-way rules
  • Grounding remedies
  • Heavy weather techniques
  • Reefing sails (reducing sail area)
  • Steering with a compass
  • Sailing in current
  • Weather and lee helm

Bareboat Charter Cruising next 5 days or Live Aboard Cruising next 6 days at resort locations

Bareboat Charter Cruising Course : Sleep at the resort or at home while you learn to sail a catamaran or monohull during the day, a great format for those with accompanying family or friends who are taking the  5-day Learn to Sail  or  Performance Sailing course or no course at all, or for those who prefer the privacy and amenities of a hotel room at night. The Catamaran Bareboat Charter Cruising Course (live ashore throughout the course) is not available in Florida but is available in the British Virgin Islands.

Live Aboard Cruising Course : The Live Aboard Cruising Course is available on catamarans and monohulls in Florida and the British Virgin Islands. You board the boat and live aboard while moving from port to port for 6 days, a unique learning experience that immerses you in the cruising lifestyle, with a classroom session aboard before setting sail each day, sleeping in a private or shared cabin, sharing common space, meal preparation and other tasks with classmates. You do all the cooking and cleaning up, just like you would if you were bareboat chartering. There is no chef and the instructors do not cook your meals. Cooking aboard is part of the learning process.

  • Planning a cruise
  • Familiarization with boat layout and sail plan
  • Operation of engine, stove and head
  • Routine engine maintenance
  • Fueling techniques
  • Use and conservation of battery and charging systems
  • Water use and conservation
  • Use and location of thru-hull fittings
  • Maneuvering under power and sail with emphasis on windage considerations and close quarters
  • Big boat docking and anchoring techniques
  • Proper and safe handling of halyards and lines
  • Proper and safe use of winches
  • Apparent wind and sail selection
  • Sail shape and trim
  • Inter-crew communication when trimming sails, docking and anchoring
  • Genoa roller furling use
  • Overboard recovery procedures
  • Meal preparation aboard (there is no chef)
  • Big boat heavy weather and reefing techniques
  • Sailing wing and wing on bigger boats
  • Use of jennaker if available
  • Boom preventer use
  • More knots and their applications
  • Log procedures
  • Piloting techniques including set, drift and leeway calculations
  • GPS navigation
  • Rules of the Road
  • Danger bearings
  • Coast Guard requirements
  • Courtesy using lights and sound signals
  • Use of safety harness
  • Emergency tiller use
  • Distress signals

If you are learning on a catamaran, your training also includes:

• Multiple scenarios related to wind direction and current while docking and anchoring • Close quarters maneuvering on a catamaran versus a monohull • Windage considerations • Proper docking techniques for catamaran including spring lines and other dock lines

Pre-requisite for the Fast Track to Cruising® Course : No prior sailing experience required

Three Certifications : US Sailing Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising are included in your course package (normally a $150 cost). Unless you’d rather not take the certification tests, the US Sailing Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising textbooks are sent in advance in addition to our Fast Track to Cruising textbook.

Please visit  Our Locations   for Fast Track to Cruising® Course packages. Rates include everything listed below, vary by season, location, type of boat (monohull or catamaran), and whether you choose a shore-based or live-aboard course. Not included are meals unless otherwise noted, travel and other expenses you may incur.

Resort Locations

At all resort locations, your course includes :

  • Learn to Sail and Bareboat Charter Cruising or Live Aboard Cruising Course tuitions
  • Three nights accommodations at the resort if choosing the Live Aboard Cruising course
  • 7 or 8 nights accommodations if choosing the Bareboat Charter Cruising Course
  • Daily per person resort fee covering all amenities, WiFi and other services at the resort
  • Mandatory taxes on accommodations and resort fee portion of the package
  • Steve and Doris Colgate’s 246-page Fast Track to Cruising textbook, published by McGraw-Hill (also available in e-book format)
  • Two days (six hours each day) learning on a Colgate 26 sailboat
  • All breakfasts, lunches, snacks and three dinners if choose Live Aboard Cruising Course
  • Practice test sail at course end
  • Three certifications (see What You Learn tab)
  • Colgate Logbook
  • Certification stickers
  • Course diploma
  • Eligibility to participate in Colgate Sailing Adventures® Hosted Flotilla Cruises
  • Exclusive subscription benefit from Cruising World or Sailing World magazines
  • Discount charter benefits from The Moorings

If you plan to charter in Europe or other areas overseas, you may be required to show your certification certificates and an International Proficiency Certificate. US Sailing, the governing body of sailing in the United States, will issue this certificate for a nominal fee for U.S. citizens who have achieved US Sailing Bareboat Cruising Certification. For more information go to  and search IPC.

Fast Track to Cruising – 8-days with Live Aboard Cruising, sleep ashore first two or three nights, then next six nights are aboard

Sample schedule for resort based courses – may vary depending on weather and which location you choose.

Friday – Arrival Day No instruction

Saturday & Sunday Days – 1 & 2 Learn to Sail Course 9:00-10:00 – Learn to Sail classroom session 10:00-1:00 – On-water Learn to Sail course instruction – Colgate 26 1:00-2:00 – Lunch 2:00-5:00 – On-water Learn to Sail course instruction – Colgate 26

Monday Day 3 – First Day of Live Aboard Cruising Course 9:00 – Meet instructor and board boat, stow gear and provisions Boat show safety briefing and chart briefing as soon as everyone has settled in Instruction under sail starts right after chart briefing 5:00 – Drop anchor, pick up mooring or dock’ debrief, relax or study, dinner, anchor checks

Tuesday – Thursday Days 4-6 – Live Aboard Cruising Course Sunrise   –   Breakfast and classroom session Colgate Day Sailing or US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification test, Wednesday 9:00   –   Set sail – various drills, practice maneuvers, sail handling, overboard recovery 5:00   –   Drop anchor, pick up mooring or dock; debrief, relax, study, dinner and anchor checks

Friday Day 7 – Live Aboard Cruising Course Sunrise   –   Breakfast and classroom session 9:00-12:00   –   Course continues with certification tests; debrief. final round of docking practice 12:00-sunset   –   Test mini-cruise (without instructor aboard, or with you as silent observer)

Saturday Day 8 – End of Live Aboard Cruising Course No later than noon Return boat to base – graduation party

Fast Track to Cruising – 7-days with Bareboat Charter Cruising, sleep ashore each night

Sample schedules for resort locations, vary depending on weather and which location you choose.

Saturday & Sunday Days 1 & 2 Learn to Sail Course 9:00-10:00 – Learn to Sail classroom session 10:00-1:00 – On-water Learn to Sail course instruction – Colgate 26 1:00-2:00 – Lunch 2:00-5:00 – On-water Learn to Sail course instruction – Colgate 26

Monday and Wednesday Days 3 & 5 – Bareboat Charter Cruising Course (Full Day Sailing) 9:00-10:00 – Classroom lecture for all 10:00- 1:30 – On-water instruction on cruising boat 1.30- 2:00 – Lunch break (may pick up lunches in morning and be on water all day) 2:00- 5:30 – On-water instruction on cruising boat

Tuesday and Thursday Days 4 & 6 of Bareboat Charter Cruising Course (Half-Day Sailing) 9:00-10:00 – Classroom lecture for all 10:00- 1:30 – On-water instruction on cruising boat 1:30- 2:00 – Lunch break 2:00- 3:00 – Certification tests taken

Friday: Day 7 of Bareboat Charter Cruising Course (Half-Day Sailing) 9:00-12:00 – Test sail without instructor aboard or as silent observer

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Offshore Sailing School knows we cannot thrive without great employees and products. All graduates are asked to complete an evaluation at the end of the course. The following testimonials come from those evaluations and individual correspondence with recent graduates of the Fast Track to Cruising® Course. Many are happy to correspond by email or phone with you. If you would like us to put you in touch with anyone below, please call 888-454-7015 or email [email protected].

Here’s what our Fast Track to Cruising graduates have to say :

My husband and I have been bareboat chartering for the past 10 years. It was our 17 year old daughters that wanted to get certified. They wanted to ensure that they could sail on their own one day. We took the live aboard as a family and took our knowledge and skills to the next level. We all now know “why” we make each sail adjustment, tack, jibe, etc. Sailing is now a bigger thrill than ever.

Susan Burns – Nashville, TN

I went from novice, wondering if sailing was for me, to a sailing enthusiast – comfortable with a large boat, in one short week.

Mike Mahan – Live Oak, FL

The experience was outstanding. My wife was so worried she would not enjoy it; I thought she would bite her nails off and pull her hair out on the trip down to the class. About 2/3 of the way through the week she thanked me for making her come and still says it was one of the best weeks she has ever had. She is telling everyone she sees to do it. My thanks to the instructors for their patience and caring, not to mention their humor.

Steve Allen – Albany, GA

One of the most productive vacations I have ever been on. The instructors were amazing, I learned a lot and had so much fun. I can’t stop telling everyone I know how cool this experience was. I will be sending my parents this trip as a gift.

Charles Zahalka, MD – Las Vegas, NV

This experience was life-changing and opened my eyes to a whole new world of opportunities. Before taking this course I had never sailed, yet alone been on a boat. I never imagined that after only one week I would be sailing with confidence. I entered the course excited and terrified, but the moment I arrived I felt a sense of ease. My instructors were extremely patient, never intimidating, and always encouraging. The difference between Offshore Sailing and other organizations is that both of my instructors had extensive experience and knowledge in sailing.

Jennifer Card – Chicago, IL

My wife and I are planning on purchasing a boat in the next few years and I feel this course was a great decision in preparing us to own a boat.

Joseph Boucher – Pasadena, MD

We had an amazing experience! Mike and I really only took this course because it was important to my brother-in-law who had a passion to learn and we wanted to spend time together. Neil took two beginners with only slight curiosity and made us extremely passionate to sail and continue the journey. He’s an amazing teacher with the patience of a saint!! We came away with way more knowledge and excitement to learn. We rented the 4600 catamaran right after our courses which will allow us to put all this great info to work.

Heather Nichols – Selana Beach, CA

I just wanted to let you know what a great time I had in St. Petersburg. Everything was perfect from the accommodations, weather, boat, instructor and classmates. The boat was provisioned perfectly. I couldn’t be happier with the experience I had at Offshore Sailing School and want to congratulate you on a superbly run organization. Cory was a great instructor and a fun guy to share a week with.

Brad Vaughan – Overland Park, KS

It is obvious that Offshore Sailing School puts a lot of effort in their selection of instructors. Our instructor, Jim Marvin, did an exceptional job. It was obvious he was very knowledgeable about sailing, but what impressed me the most was his ability to teach. My wife and I have very different learning styles. Jim recognized that quickly and adjusted his teaching where we were both able to grasp the subjects covered and apply them in an actual sail experience. This was a family course for us and my two children (9 and 11) were a little apprehensive at times throughout the week. Despite that, on our sail Friday without an instructor, they all put what they learned to work and we had an excellent day at sea! We thoroughly enjoyed the class and look forward to getting back out on the water with newly gained confidence in sailing.

Kyle Couture – Birmingham, AL

I learned a lot and feel confident in my sailing. The course also encouraged teamwork. My husband and I did this trip as an anniversary gift and Christmas gift. I was very pleased with the course and our working together. It was a good marriage/teambuilding experience.

Kim Sissell – Mandeville, LA

Terrific experience, very impressed. Bart was exceptionally patient on the water. For a complete novice like myself I cannot believe how much I learned about sailing.

Cynthia Rice – Halifax, NS

It was a huge amount of material, and I am surprised how much I learned in a short period of time. We can’t wait for summertime sailing on the Chesapeake. Mark and I chartered a cat for our June wedding and sailed it from Annapolis to St. Michaels with some of our wedding guests aboard. Our honeymoon was spent sailing!

Leigh Scott – Vienna, VA

Both instructors had an unbelievable wealth of knowledge and were able to impart it with ease. Outstanding bonding experience with my teenage son and other classmate.

Michael Morrison – Plantation, FL

Jacek is a natural teacher – very patient, allowed us to do everything so we learned a faster pace. He put me at ease with regard to testing and handling the boat, loves sailing, and it was contagious. This was a stretch for me, but I am very glad I did it. I am unlikely to sail the world, but will definitely take on our lake and sail with our grandchildren!

Kathy McAuliffe – Concord, NH

I thought the experience could not have been better. We learned a tremendous amount and had lots of fun at the same time. Jacek was the key to our successful journey into proving our sailing and cruising skills.

Jane Cogswell – Concord, NH

Mark is an amazing instructor! As a corporate trainer myself I know how difficult it can be to let the student experience and learn. LOVED how he explained the why and how first, then demo’d and then gave great feedback to help learn. I felt very comfortable as the solo gal with three experienced male students. AMAZING experience! So happy I chose Offshore!!

Ruth Ann Holly – Koln, Germany

My experience at South Seas and with the Offshore Sailing School was incredible. I couldn’t believe I’d learn to sail a 43’ Jeanneau in a week, but by the end of the course I feel comfortable on the water and ready to sail even more. Highly recommend, especially for those who haven’t sailed before.

Elizabeth Hwang – Philadelphia, PA

This course greatly exceeded my expectations. I am very new to sailing, but this experience has opened my mind to a whole new world. I thank Offshore Sailing for providing a course where I was able to spend some very valuable time with my family.

William Bennett V – Lexington, KY

Excellent course, much more comfortable with bareboat sailing and now looking forward to bareboat cruising. Michael was great with helping our kids enjoy the course, Garren was very patient on the water and very kind to our children.

Karen and Eric Snider – Kirksville, MO

The Colgate 26 is used in all Learn to Sail, Performance Sailing and Racing courses. Designed by Steve Colgate and naval architect Jim Taylor, the Colgate 26 is a popular high performance keelboat, used to train plebes and cadets at the U.S. Naval and Coast Guard Academies, great for club racing and daysailing. Read more…

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Our newly repackaged Professional Yachtmaster course offers more flexibility than ever before, with flexible start dates to enable you to train your way.

The all-inclusive 12-week course will equip you with the training, preparation and practical experience needed to gain the   RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification.

Food and accommodation are included in the price and there are no hidden extras. The training is 2 weeks a month on average. There is no garantee on succes.

Whether you want to sail commercial yachts under 24m for employment opportunities in flotilla, charter, deliveries and instruction, or you would prefer to work on large ocean going yachts and superyachts, Professional Yachtmaster provides a fast and effective way to enter the industry and start your career.

There are no pre-requisites necessary to start the course. All that we ask is that you have enough sailing experience to know that you want a life at sea. The course itself will provide you with the experience, skills and confidence up to and well above the requirements for the RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification.

Waypoint Amsterdam has  inspirational professional instructors and almost guaranteed camaraderie among your fellow sailors — the course will meet your every requirement and more.

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  • With help from Matt Brash, Mariners prospect Logan Evans on fast track to MLB

Adam Jude

Logan Evans was cooking his usual breakfast — eggs over-medium — at his apartment in North Little Rock, Ark., one morning last week when he got an unexpected call from an unknown number.

Naturally, he ignored it.

A minute later, he picked up his phone to read the automated transcript from the voicemail: “Hey, it’s Jerry Dipoto  … ”

Evans was stunned.

“Totally out of the blue. It definitely got my adrenaline going,” said Evans, one of the Mariners’ top starting pitching prospects.

His adrenaline rose further when he called Dipoto back and the Mariners’ president of baseball operations made a surprising pitch.

Dipoto asked, in effect: How would you like to pitch in the big leagues this summer?

Evans was stunned again. 

Naturally, his answer was emphatic: “Absolutely.”

A 12th-round pick out of the University of Pittsburgh last year, Evans has rocketed through the Mariners’ minor-league system, leveling up on a similar trajectory as Bryce Miller and Bryan Woo over the past few years.

Evans, listed at 6-feet-4 and 215 pounds, has used a six-pitch arsenal to dominate the Class AA Texas League for the Arkansas Travelers through the first two months of this season, emerging as one of the most fascinating pitching prospects in all of minor-league baseball.

The one main difference between the situations surrounding the call-ups of Miller and Woo last year and Evans’ situation now — the Mariners just don’t have a need for him in the big-league rotation (in large part because Miller and Woo have just been that good).

The Mariners, however, could use reinforcements for their banged-up bullpen, and Dipoto is confident that Evans, because of his pure “stuff” and his mature approach to pitching, can fill that role — perhaps even before the MLB All-Star break.

“He go could out and ‘Bob Gibson’ the Texas League or we could see if he could help us here,” Dipoto said in an interview this week.

During the Dipoto era, the Mariners have converted the likes of Edwin Diaz (2016) and Matt Brash (2022) from starter to reliever, with great success.

In an ideal setup, Evans would make a smooth transition over the next month or so and then help fill the void left by Brash, who had Tommy John surgery last month .

And to help him with that transition, Evans has already gotten advice from none other than Brash himself.

Matt Pierpont, the Mariners pitching coordinator, connected the two pitchers last week, and Brash laid out the things that worked for him as a reliever.

“Great dude,” Evans said. “He was an open book. He really wanted to help me learn from his routines. It was really cool to listen to what he had to say. He was awesome.”

Evans made 10 starts for Arkansas, going 5-2 with a 1.23 ERA over 51.1 innings. He allowed 34 hits, holding hitters to a .190 batting average, with 47 strikeouts and 15 walks. 

For now, he said he still plans to use all six of his pitches out of the bullpen, and Dipoto described all six of them as “exceptional.” Evans’ four-seamer sits in the mid-90s — and touched 99 mph in spring training.

Dipoto and Evans are both curious to see if that velocity — along with Evans’ other weapons — ticks up in shorter bursts out of the bullpen.

“As a starter, you’re just kind of getting that 80 percent, 85 percent groove or however you want to describe it. It’s almost like artwork,” Evans said. “But as a reliever, you get to just go out there and blow it out for an inning or two, so I’m excited.”

He made his first appearance as a reliever on Tuesday, throwing two innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits, with one walk and one strikeout.

He said he was happy with how his body responded the next day.

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“It’s different, for sure,” Evans said of working out of the bullpen. “But at the end of the day, it’s still 60 feet, 6 inches. You’re just trying to throw strikes. Get three outs. Get in, get out. That’s the goal at the end of the day. It was really, like, nothing. I wasn’t rushed by any means or anything like that. I felt like it was pretty easy.”

Dipoto said the long-term vision is for Evans to be a starter, and Dipoto made sure to emphasize that in his conversation with him.

But Evans is enthusiastic about this new challenge.

“My goal at the end of the day is to win ballgames and help this team as soon as possible,” said Evans, who turned 23 on Wednesday, the same day he was named the Texas League pitcher of the month for May. “Obviously, I’d love to be a starter down the road. But if they feel right now that it’s best for me to help them in the ‘pen, then that’s my job.”

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The Daily Dirt: Developers can now “fast track” some housing projects

“Green Fast Track” goes live

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Developers of certain housing projects can now avoid lengthy environmental review. 

Back in December, the Adams administration announced plans to exempt some housing from the City Environmental Quality Review process. Those changes were adopted and officially went into effect on Monday. 

Under the new rules, projects qualify if they:

— use all-electric heating 

— are located away from and be located away from “vulnerable coastal areas,” major roads and areas with industrial emissions.

— have fewer than 175 units and non-residential space that is less than 20,000 square feet (if located in a low-density district) or fewer than 250 units (if within medium- or high-density areas) and non-residential space smaller than 35,000 square feet.  

The city has determined, after a review of 1,000 projects, that housing developments of this size do not result in significant adverse impacts. Such a finding enabled the city to include these projects as “type II” actions, which are exempt from environmental assessment statements and environmental impact statements. 

The city estimates that the so-called Green Fast Track could cut up to two years off of project timelines, and save projects, on average, $100,000. If the program had been in place over the last 10 years, 12,000 new homes could have been built more quickly, according to the administration. 

The mayor announced the official launch of the program on Monday, in a press release that included quotes of praise from 21 different people, up slightly from the 19 testimonials included in the release in December. 

There’s something about combing through a press release with large blocks of quotes that makes me feel like I’m slowly leaving my body, but I did like Building Congress CEO Carlo Scissura’s Kermit the Frog reference. More muppets in press releases, please. 

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— Mayor Eric Adams named Louis Molina the new head of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Politico New York reports . Molina previously served as commissioner of the Department of Correction and most recently was assistant deputy mayor for public safety. 

— The Department of Health issued another ticket against the mayor related to rat sightings at a Brooklyn apartment he owns, the New York Daily News reports . This is the fifth rat-related summons Adams has received.  

— This Gothamist story does a good job of not sensationalizing the fact that the Joro spider, a harmless arachnid native to East Asia, will appear in New York and New Jersey this summer. But if you are averse to spiders, you may have the same takeaway as I did: The spider’s legs are as long as a human hand, and the spiderlings travel on the wind. So, spiders will fall from the sky this summer, no big deal. 

Closing Time 

Residential: The priciest residential sale on Monday was $11.5 million for a 4,350-square-foot townhouse at 60 Bank Street in the West Village. Leslie J. Garfield had the listing. 

Commercial: The largest commercial sale of the day was $15.7 million for a 54,400-square-foot mixed-use building at 85-05 Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst. The property consists of 35 residential condos and eight commercial units. 

New to the Market: The highest price for a residential property hitting the market was $19.8 million for a 3,400-square-foot condominium at 150 Charles Street in the West Village. Peter Zaitzeff and Jared Freedman of Serhant have the listing.  Breaking Ground: The largest new building application filed was for a 104,500-square-foot, mixed-use multifamily building at 21-11 31st Street in Long Island City. Murat Mutlu of INOA – International Office of Architects filed the permit. —  Matthew Elo

Correction: An earlier version of this story did not specify that square footage restrictions apply to non-residential space.

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The Marine Corps has launched a pilot program that will allow qualified recruits to enter the Corps with a rank as high as gunnery sergeant.

The two-year Marine Talent Acquisition Pilot Program, announced Friday in a Marine Corps administrative message , is targeting Marine veterans, qualified prior service members from other branches and civilians with specific qualifications.

The pilot program will focus on military occupational specialty shortfalls, specifically in cyber and signals intelligence, for this first effort, according to the message . Those jobs are 1721 cyberspace warfare operator and 2629 signals intelligence collection manager.

“The time and investment in identifying, acquiring, and developing talent is significant, especially in these fields,” Lt. Gen. James Glynn, deputy commandant of Manpower and Reserve Affairs, said in a statement. “This initiative enhances readiness and contributes to lethality by leveraging proven private sector talent to rapidly meet critical areas of capability.”

All military services have struggled to recruit and retain cyber specialists, who often can command significantly higher salaries in civilian jobs.

In July 2023, the Marine Corps tripled its signing bonus for new cyber enlistees to $15,000 up from the $5,000 bonus from the previous year. It was the highest signing bonus for any job in the Marine Corps at the time.

The Corps is considering Marine veterans, prior service military members and civilians.

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If accepted, the applicant would begin receiving pay up to the rank of gunnery sergeant, or the E-7 pay grade, once they begin recruit training.

Current pay for an E-7 with less than two years’ service is $3,625 a month or $43,500 annually.

Marines in this pilot program will be allowed to progress through standard promotions to the ranks of master sergeant, E-8, and master gunnery sergeant, E-9.

They will not be allowed to promote to first sergeant, E-8, or sergeant major, E-9.

Civilians and other prior services will be required to complete Marine Corps recruit training. Marine veterans are not required to repeat recruit training.

The candidates will then be allowed to wear their rank upon completing job training, according to the message.

The program is looking to find 10 qualified applicants across both specialties, Manpower and Reserve Affairs spokeswoman Maj. Danielle Phillips said. The command hasn’t yet decided if this recruitment effort may later include other high-demand job specialties.

Manpower and Reserve Affairs will oversee the pilot with members from Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Training and Education Command, and the two job fields serving on the acquisition panel, Phillips said.

“The pilot is currently focused on these two occupational specialties and serves as a proof of concept on where we may go next,” Phillips said. “While we are not currently considering additional MOSs, we will assess the feasibility of expanding over the course of this pilot.”

The message requires performance feedback on the Marines and the pilot program’s process at the six month and one year mark from when the applicants begin serving in their billet.

Civilians and other prior military service members must ship to recruit training prior to age 35. Marine veterans age requirements are assessed through calculations based on their age, years of active service and whether they could complete 20 years of active service before age 62.

The job qualification requirements are detailed. Marine veterans seeking to re-enter the Corps must have held certain jobs.

For the cyberspace warfare operator, a Marine previously must have held that specialty or one of the following specialties: 2611 cryptologic cyberspace analyst or 1711 offensive cyberspace operator. The minimum requirement includes having completed the Joint Cyberspace Analyst Course, but the preferred credentials include the U.S. Cyber Command/National Security Agency exploitation analyst work role certification.

For other military services, the applicants must have held either an Army 17 series, cyber operations specialist; Air Force 1B series, cyber operations; and for the Navy a cryptologic technician networks cyber warfare technician series specialty.

On the civilian side, those without military experience must have a degree in one of the following: computer science, information systems, engineering or related discipline and knowledge or experience with the National Security Agency’s post-apprentice cryptologic cyber network operator training standards.

For the signals intelligence collection manager, a Marine must have held one of the following job specialties: 2621 communications intelligence/electromagnetic warfare operator; 2631 electronic intelligence/electronic warfare analyst; 2641 cryptologic language analyst; 2651 intelligence surveillance reconnaissance systems engineer.

For other military services, signals intelligence applicants must have held either an Army 35 series military intelligence; Air Force 1N intelligence series or Navy cryptologic technician series.

Civilians seeking the signals intelligence job must have a degree in one of the following: computer science, information systems, engineering or related discipline and experience with signals intelligence, electromagnetic warfare, cyberspace operations collection and ground processing architecture and associated systems.

Todd South has written about crime, courts, government and the military for multiple publications since 2004 and was named a 2014 Pulitzer finalist for a co-written project on witness intimidation. Todd is a Marine veteran of the Iraq War.

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What’s going on with the controversial fast-track approvals bill.


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Protests are being held this weekend against the government’s proposal to allow big infrastructure projects to fast-track the approval process. Here’s a quick guide to what’s happening. 

On Saturday, Forest & Bird’s chief executive Nicola Toki will be joining what she calls “the biggest fight for New Zealand’s environment in my lifetime”. The environmental organisation is one of 25 different groups supporting a “March for Nature” on Saturday in Auckland. “Our government is taking us back to the 1970s by bulldozing through protections and giving three uninformed ministers almost unilateral power to approve any development they want, no matter how environmentally damaging,” Toki says.

Being endorsed by high-profile environmental groups like Forest and Bird, WWF and Greenpeace as well as trade union NZEI and regional advocates like Wise Water Use Hawke’s Bay, the protest hopes to rally mass opposition to the Fast-track Approvals Bill currently going through parliament. At the same time, there will also be a “Stop the Wars! Stop the Fast Track Bill!” event in Christchurch, organised by Extinction Rebellion and the Palestine Solidarity Network, and a march focused on government cuts in Wellington. 

But what is the Fast-track Approvals Bill, and why do so many people hate it so much? Here’s a brief introduction. 

a red toned chris bishop with the logos of foest and bird and greenpeace and WWf behind him

What would this proposed law change?  

The government says the Fast-track Approvals Bill will make it easier for companies to get consents for new “regionally and national significant” projects: infrastructure, mines, roads, housing. As the name suggests, it’s supposed to make the consenting process faster for particularly big or important infrastructure projects. 

Project owners who want to be considered must have their application approved by government ministers, who will then refer projects to a panel that will assess the details. The panel will then make a recommendation back to the ministers, who get the final say on whether the project should go ahead. Those ministers are whoever holds the regional development, transport and infrastructure portfolios (currently Shane Jones, Simeon Brown and Chris Bishop respectively); the conservation minister (currently Tama Potaka) will be involved in some approvals too. Crucially, ministers are not bound to the decisions of the panel – if the panel has concerns about the environmental, conservation or heritage impact of a project but ministers approve, it can still go ahead.

The creation of the bill was a part of the coalition agreement between New Zealand First and National, with the rationale being that New Zealand’s current consenting process is too slow and unwieldy to make a difference. It had its first reading in March, and is currently at the select committee stage, where parliamentarians read and listen to submissions (which closed on April 19) in order to possibly revise the bill and write a report, which is due back in September. 

Wait, haven’t there been fast-track consenting laws in New Zealand before? 

Yes – during the Covid pandemic in 2020, the previous Labour government put a similar law into place. For a limited time, in order to stimulate the economy, the resource consenting process could be expedited for specific “shovel-ready” projects that were under the RMA. If the minister for the environment accepted a proposal, it was referred to an expert panel, which could ask councils and iwi, among others, for input, with the panel then delivering a decision within 70 days. 

Under the 2020 legislation, ministers decided which applications went to the expert panel, but the panel had the final say. The law was also time bound, with a clause that meant it expired after two years. 

The current bill, on the other hand, gives ministers the ultimate decision. Instead of just applying to consents under the Resource Management Act, it would also allow projects to skip nine other laws and regulations .

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I have heard that it’s really hard and expensive to get consents in New Zealand, even if you just want to do something small, like dig a pool in your house. So what makes this bill so controversial? 

There’s a big coalition of people who are opposed to the bill, mostly because of the fact that ministers, rather than environmental experts, get the final say on projects, and the way the legislation can bypass usual environmental safeguards. Lots of environmental groups, including the several dozen running the March for Nature, have loudly opposed the bill, due to the perceived environmental threat of big infrastructure projects without protections. 

But there are other reasons groups have for opposing the bill too. Transparency International, an organisation that campaigns against corruption, has said the concentration of power in the hands of ministers could change perceptions of New Zealand overseas. Former prime minister and constitutional law expert Geoffery Palmer has described it as “constitutionally repugnant”. Ngāti Toa led a hīkoi to parliament to present their submissions, and Auckland Council said the bill is “unsupported by evidence” and “is poorly integrated” in its submission. 

There’s widespread public opposition beyond these high-profile groups and individuals, with 27,000 people submitting written submissions to the Environment Committee that is assessing the bill before it gets voted on again. This is way more than most bills. By comparison, the Marriage Amendment Bill which made same-sex marriage legal in 2013 received 21,500 submissions . 

Nearly 3,000 asked to appear in front of the select committee to make submissions in person, but because of time constraints, the committee chair David McLeod said that only 1,100 people would get to do this – 550 organisations and 550 members of the public. 

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So if lots of people hate it – many of whom will be protesting this weekend – is the government likely to back down? 

Chris Bishop, the minister responsible for RMA reform, has already seemed to indicate that the next version of the fast-track bill presented to parliament could have revisions. “We hear the challenge,” Bishop told the Ngāti Toa delegation in May. “As I’ve said, we’re open to constructive, sensible changes to the bill to ameliorate some of the concerns that Ngāti Toa Rangatira and others have.” However, he has also insisted that “we’re determined to cut through the thicket of red tape and green tape that’s holding this country back.” 

Bishop has said that while the “core” of the bill – a “one-stop shop” with the same process for heritage, conservation and environmental concerns, with projects recommended by ministers – will stay the same, issues with ministers’ conflicts of interest or decision making could be addressed. That might include changing the fact that ministers get to have the final say over projects. 

Whether these changes eventuate won’t be known until the bill has its second reading, after the select committee reports to the house. But opponents of the bill say that public opposition, including at the protests this weekend, will make a difference. 

To Toki at least, the choice is clear. She describes the bill as a “short-term and destructive approach to our natural heritage”.

“The right thing to do now is for the government to demonstrate they’ve heard the people they’re here to serve,” she says.

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