Take Yachtmaster Theory in sunny Malta


Due to high demand:
Now two courses available in March and April 2018



The RYA Yachtmaster Theory course in Malta gives you the necessary theoretical knowledge in order to join a practical RYA Yachtmaster Prep course including the actual exam later during the year 


The RYA-System is the most popular sail training programme in the world. RYA students appreciate the hands-on approach and practical-oriented teaching method. The easy to understand lessons are all applied to real-life everyday sailing and thus contain highly useful knowledge. This is not only valid for the practical courses at sea, but to a very high degree also applicable for theory courses on shore.

In other words: You learn what you really do use while going sailing!



Start of the annual Middle Sea Race in Valletta


Reginasailing now offers its renown courses and fun while learning in a relaxed atmosphere on the pleasantly sunny Mediterranean island. Meet spring and combine learning with a holiday on Malta!



Night view of Spinola Bay as seen from the pool area of Hotel Juliani, the venue of the course



Spinola Bay, where the course takes place with Hotel Juliani to the very left and some of the restaurants we visit along the quayside



Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean courses are offered on Malta


.The overall goal of the course is to explain complex issues with a holistic approach and in an easy to understand way. It is thus always my personal ambition that there will enough room for questions, discussions and repetition.



Teaching in the snug and  homey conference room at Hotel Juliani gives a family feeling


The RYA Yachtmaster shore-based course is ideal if you plan to participate on a Reginasailing Yachtmaster Prep course with RYA Yachtmaster Exam later during the year. But obviously, it is also possible to just participate at the theory course without having any ambitions regarding a Yachtmaster exam and just enjoy learning in a small group together with other nice people.

The subjects are as wide as they are important and interesting. Some examples of the hands-on subjects: Tidal Navigation, Navigation in Fog, Buoyage, Lights, GPS and Plotters, World Weather, Rules of the Road, Fire Safety, Distress Signals, Man Overboard, Helicopter Rescue, Passage Planning, Stability etc.

The knowledge you gain during the course is highly beneficial when you do anything from bare boat chartering to cruising on your own boat. At the end of the course you will be able to prepare a passage plan, which is one of the pieces you need to hand in to an RYA Yachtmaster examiner, should you target the Yachtmaster Exam in the future.

For more information on the syllabus, see here.



The course combines a pleasant holiday in the Maltese sun with interesting lectures about sailing and voyaging at sea and helpful exercises for you to practice on charts. But please do not compare this to any form of old fashioned “school”! This is all for fun and we do this together as a group, expanding our joint knowledge on sailing, boats and navigation, enjoying our time together asking and answering questions about our passion: Sailing! This is valid for the course itself, as well as during pleasant evening dinners, sharing experiences, plans and dreams.


An evening at Picolo Padre close by

It might be of special interest to some that while the course is held in English, subjects can also be explained in German. Therefore, this course is especially popular amongst German speaking sailors from Switzerland, Austria and Germany where you get a chance to brush up your English at the same time!


Coures date:

19-23 March 2018 (fully booked)
2- 6 April 2018 (fully booked).

Please contact me if you are interested in 2019 courses.

Number of participants:

In order to grant the exclusive character and an individual and efficient learning experience, the number of participants have been limited to eight students.

Price for the course:

EUR 790 p.p. plus travel, food and hotel
Price includes course notes, training and exercise booklet, training charts, assessment test,  RYA certificate for the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Shorebased course.
Please bring: pencil, eraser, colour pens, notebook, divider, course plotter


An especially pleasant venue has been chosen in order to ensure learning in Comfort and Style: The award-winning (e.g. “The Traveller’s Choice 2016” and “Top 100 Boutique Hotels in the world” by TripAdvisor) family-run Hotel Juliani in St Julians, Malta, overlooking the beautiful Spinola Bay. Special rates have been negotiated:
Standard single room: EUR 115 per night including breakfast
Standard double room: EUR 125 per night including breadfast

An upgraded room overlooking the beautiful Spinola Bay can be granted for an extra EUR 30 per night.


Lunches are planned, but are not necessarily, to be enjoyed jointly in one of the pleasant restaurants nearby, e.g. the Maltese restaurant GuLuLu on the edge of Spinola Bay and/or Two Buoys. Nights are spent freely, but we are planning to jointly visit Valletta (the capital of Malta and a World Heritage Site) and enjoy a dinner together in the fantastic atmosphere of this European Capital of Culture 2018. A separate final dinner to celebrate our success is optionally taking place at the elegant restaurant Zest.
Costs for lunch and dinner will be shared.


Malta is one of the easiest places to fly to from all over Europe. Air Malta, Lufthansa, Ryanair are just a few of the many airlines that fly into Malta several times per day.


The final dinner at the award winning restaurant Zest

An RYA shore-based sail training course with Reginasailing in Malta is certainly something very special, situated in a venue so maritime and so stunning! Combining learning the theory behind cruising in Safety, Comfort and Style in a positive atmosphere and enjoying a couple of days of holiday in an extraordinary environment is what this week is about.


It is important to come well prepared to the course. For more information on the curriculum and suggested books to read and study prior the course, see here. While most subjects will be gone through and explained in the course, at the very minimum please study the Collision Regulations (ColRegs) prior to the course.

Show your interest already now:

It’s still some time to go until March 2018, but since there will only be 8 places in total, I advise you to book early, especially if you consider taking your Yachtmaster onboard Regina Laska in 2018 or 2019. Several bookings have already been received and participation is highly limited.

Please contact me, preferably including some short information about yourself, if you are interested to participate in one of the upcoming theory courses.

What previous participants say: 

"During this RYA theory course in Malta, we could get a glance of the friendly way of learning! A course, where learning was made so easy and gave so much joy! All participants were wonderful people and I think this has lead up to friendship for life! A crash course for some and a good repetition for others. And all this embedded in a great holiday-feeling in the sunshine!" Click here to read full story

Stefan Graf zu Dohna, Germany

"I must confess: Maths is not one of my favourite subjects so I was afraid this theory course would be tough on me. However, Leon’s sensitivity against my very modest love for Maths was encouraging and I never got that ugly feeling of ‘not being smart enough’. It was so nice to solve all Maths problems in such a ‘relaxed’ way!" Click here to read full story

Esther Leuenberger, Switzerland

"The RYA shore-based training course in Malta was a fantastic week. Leon is a great teacher with profound knowledge as well as the best inspirer on sailing I have ever met so far! You could virtually feel the daily increasing desire by all participants to sail more!" Click here to read full story

Achim Schindler, Germany, HR43 owner

"It was so exciting to learn with Leon that I felt uplifted into a new dimension. We all become so energized and motivated to learn more and more about sailing and Leon’s easy to understand way of explaining and his unbeatable entertaining “story telling hours” helped us to come so close to our dreams that we could almost touch them! Anything suddenly seemed possible and nothing undoable, you just have to follow your heart and live your dreams!" Click here to read full story

Marianne Karlsen, Switzerland, owning a J/88

"Leon’s way of delivering this RYA course by taking just a small group of no more than 8 students and to gather these on Malta was so spot on! I really enjoyed the fact the course was so full of great true stories taken from the real world packed with Leon’s vast sailing experience. Therefore, the theory felt so hands-on and practical and 'un-theoretical'" Click here to read full story

Christian Pukelsheim, Germany
For more information on the syllabus and suggested books, see here.