Sail Cruising Courses 2016

Many of you will be aware as well as being a yacht broker I am qualified as an RYA Cruising Instructor: and next year I will be taking cruising sailors of all abilities out on the water to start them on the ladder towards those all-important RYA qualifications.

I will be teaching up to RYA Day Skipper level, using my own pride and joy, my Bavaria 38, Jay Mist IV. She is a beautifully equipped yacht, ideal for cruise training, and we can take up to five students at a time in her three double cabins. Fully coded for safety, she is equipped with Radar, two chartplotters, a fully battened mainsail, an autopilot, and of course, an Eberspacher cabin heating system! She also boasts a bow thruster and an electric anchor windlass, so we can take every opportunity to drop the hook in those nooks and crannies that make the Solent so special.

In cooperation with Portsmouth Marine Training, we will also be running long-distance cruising for those who would like to build up their sea-miles ready for Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore qualifications. For those of you new to yachting we will also be running Start Yachting and Competent Crew courses to get your foot on the first rung of the RYA ladder!

Our courses will take place in and around the Solent area, one of the best cruising locations in the country, and while RYA courses are necessarily packed with learning content, we will still find time to visit some beautiful anchorages and lively ports!

“Why bother if I can sail already?” you may ask. Apart from the fact that we all want to hone our skills and become better sailors, the RYA Day Skipper qualification opens the door to the coveted International Certificate of Competence (ICC). The ICC is accepted by many charter companies as a measure of your ability to skipper a yacht on bareboat charter – so those weeks of Mediterranean sunshine may well be within your grasp!

Follow the link to Portsmouth Marine Training and check out the dates –improve your sailing and have great fun at the same time!