New club skippers usually start as inshore skippers to build familiarity with the home area and club yachts before venturing further afield. Within the first 6 months of approval as a Club Inshore Skipper, those whose highest qualification is an RYA Day Skipper certificate may only sail between Selsey Bill and Hurst Castle Spit, and only short night passages (e.g. Haslar –Cowes on a Friday evening) are permitted.
After 6 months, skippers may apply to the Sailing Committee for permission to sail within the full Inshore limits (Selsey Bill to Anvil Point and not more than 6NM offshore); this will normally involve submission of a passage plan and crew list for a day-time passage across Christchurch Bay.
Club Designated Inshore Skippers holding a higher qualification than RYA Day Skipper are not subject to these initial restrictions and may sail within the full area for an Inshore Skipper, including night-time passages.