Skippers / RYA Instructors

Skippers / RYA Instructors

Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Sailing

Paul Jackson—Commercially endorsed RYA/MCA Ocean Yachtmaster plus RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and RYA/ISAF Instructor, member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. All Certs including LR Radio
Over 25 years and 110,000+ miles experience including Channel, Irish Sea, Med, Hebrides, Orkneys, Shetlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Canaries, Biscay, Australia, NZ, Atlantic, Bermuda and Caribbean. Mainly on Yachts 30 to 66 feet.
25,000+ miles of Royal Ocean Racing Club etc racing including 8 Fastnets, 7 Sydney Hobarts, (1st in Division 2015+2016), Trans-Atlantic, Round Britain and Ireland, 4 Volvo Round Irelands (team prize 2104), Lord Howe Island (line Hons 2011), 7 Caribbean 600s, 2 Middle Sea races, 3 Peaks yacht race winner on IRC plus line 2018 (1st IRC 2015, 1st in Class 2016, Club Cup 2017) plus many others. Reasonably good at Cooking, Maintenance and First Aid (not all at once) Good sense of humour, easy going, tolerant non-smoker. Fit 67 yr old (serious off-piste skier) with good health and stamina.
Background
I was a Director of a Government Agency. In 2003 the new Chief Executive reorganised the organisation and offered me early retirement 3 days after my 50th Birthday, I seized this opportunity and was a Non-Executive Director in the NHS for 8 years and Vice Chairman of NHS Somerset. I also did 3, three years terms for the National Clinical Assessment Service as a Lay Assessor and occasionally work as a Consulting Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner. I have worked in Eastern Europe, Russia, USA, AUS, NZ and various EU States for short periods and visited more. I speak some French and a few words of several languages but can normally get what I want in most places.
My only ‘Claims to Fame’ are to have been rendered unconscious by a wooden leg, to have been detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and to have looked a killer whale in the eye from less than 6 foot.

Nick Hall

Nick Hall

Nick Hall

I spent 22 years in the RAF working with avionics and Software. Here I developed a love of Scuba diving and spent many weekends on the Water driving a power boats, diving and teaching people to dive. Whilst in the RAF I also I learned to sail and strengthened my love of the water and teaching others to enjoy the sea.

When I left the RAF I progressed my sailing to Commercial Yachtmaster and in 2007 persuaded my wife, Vanda, to learn to sail with Paul on Wild Spirit.

In 2008 we gave up the office world and went to work for Neilson Active as a lead crew in both Greece and Croatia, and taught people to sail. At the end of that season we lead a flotilla of boats from Croatia, back to Greece via Italy.

I have captained a 12 berth catamaran in British Virgin Isles, St Martin, Antigua and Belize. Supported by my wife as the only crew, we provided luxury live aboard holidays. Vanda use to cook around 240 meals a week!

We have also managed a luxury offshore island resort and travelled around the world.
I have now returned to the world of IT as a software quality engineer and teach sailing for pleasure. Vanda, usually comes with me to make sure we have some great food on-board.

With lots of trips under our belt, we are cruisers and like the leisurely pace of being at sea, that said we are not averse to the odd friendly race against the boat next door!

Covid Guarantee
If we cancel due to Government advice or requirements you get back all money paid direct to us . We have decision dates for different events and these will reflect the changing situation plus when we have to move Wild Spirit to get to the start of the event. Typically they are about a week before the event is due to start. We will only give back the money paid to us so you will be responsible for any travel costs etc. Where a booking agency has taken up to 10% you would also be responsible for this but it allows you to pay by Credit Card.
Wild Spirit is owned by Paul Jackson Consulting and Sailing Limited which has been running since 2004. The Company has no Mortgages or Loans, is financially stable and has always complied with all statutory requirements. We run on a ‘Not for Profit’ basis and any surplus goes to Charities such as www.knoticatsailing.org/information
Your Obligations
If you have the symptoms of Covid 19 or test positive for it within the 14 days before the event, you must tell us and not attend. If we can re-sell your place you will get a full refund. Where a booking agency has taken up to 10% you would also be responsible for this unless we fill the place via the agency in which case you get the 10% as well.
You must comply with Government Guidelines and Restrictions relating to Covid 19. For example if we are required to wear face masks during sailing, that is what we will do. There may also be company requirements such as immediately washing or sanitising hands every time you board Wild Spirit.
Your Skipper will be Paul Jackson who is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner. He was an Assessor for the National Clinical Assessment Service of the NHS for 9 years and a Non-Executive Director and Vice-Chairman of NHS Somerset. He will be responsible for all Statutory requirements plus risk control measurements in respect of Covid 19 on board Wild Spirit