RYA Training & Courses

RYA Training & Courses

We are different from the rest as we do

1) 5 day courses including a weekend-only 3 days leave plus courses over a long and standard weekend.#
2) 7  day courses including a crossing to France or the Channel Islands

3) 3 Weekend course with emphasis on sailing in the Med
3) No hidden extras
4) Much better food than most schools

RYA Training Centre

Why Choose Us: Competent Crew Sailing Courses

1) We strive to make sure you enjoy competent crew course. We love sailing but teach less than 10 courses per instructor a year so we don’t go stale. Unlike some schools we don’t go in for back to back RYA courses. Running a course properly is hard work but if a job is worth doing….

2) We don’t do hidden extras like ships kitty or ‘evening meals to be taken ashore‘. We include free loan of foul weather gear, also a Log book for competent crew.(The crew often vote for a couple of evening meals ashore and we pay our way).

3) Wild Spirit does serious races like the Fastnet. We are better equipped, faster and more stable than most school yachts.Our food is also better as Phil, Nick and I like cooking, but it is a sailing course not a culinary outing!

4) We operate as part of Lymington Yacht Charters (LYC) Sea School a well established RYA training Centre who also maintain Wild Spirit. We run out of Lymington Yacht Haven, voted best marina in the country which adjoins the National Park also has free car parking.

5) We don’t try and fill a yacht then hire in free lance Instructors–you can talk to us before you book–Paul 01823 433813, Phil 07803 176 977, Nick 07787 945378 or email us at sail@wildspirit.co.uk. We will give you honest advice–not a hard sell.

6) The majority of our Race team and Cruising trip customers have done a RYA course with us. All of our 2106 Round ireland team have sailed with us before, the majority of our Sydney Hobart teams for 2013 and 2014 plus the Caribbean 600 in 2015 and 2016 have sailed with Paul before. We want repeat custom but we also want you to pass your RYA courses first time.

7) Paul is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, until April 2013 Vice Chairman of a £900M p.a NHS Trust. Phil is a former Doctor who now runs his own Company. Nick is an Engineer who has led flotilla charters and run an exclusive holiday resort. We are honest, give straight advice and aim to fully comply with all RYA Competent Crew requirements. If it has our name on it then it’s done right.

Updated 9/2/16

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Hi Paul,

I hope your racing went well at the weekend.

I just wanted to thank you again for your excellent tutelage over the week. The patience of a Saint!

It was a jolly hard but most enjoyable week … I am now setting out to earn enough points for another outing so will be in touch when I have enough to redeem!!

All good wishes.

Bob.

Thank you again for such a great week.

Milly
2/8/16

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What happened on the RYA course at end of July?
Two of the students were regular ‘Wild Spiriters’ and we set off about 1930 from Lymington across to Studland bay where we anchored for the night. Lulworth range was closed so, catching the tide in the morning, we sailed round to Worrbarrow bay then on to Lulworth cove and continued along the World Heritage Jurassic coast to Weymouth. That evening we were invited to a BBQ by another Wild Spirit at his house overlooking the Bay.
The next morning we sailed back after various RYA exercises and did our night pilotages before tying up in Lymington. Day 3 started by sailing across to the Buoys off Yarmouth for more RYA work then onto Ocean Village in Southampton where we visited the 2nd oldest Pub in Britain. The next day we sailed round to Portsmouth harbour and then overnighted at Haslar Marina with the crew opting for a meal out at an excellent value ‘Eat all you can’ Chinese.
On the last day we sailed back to Lymington watching the Cowes week racing as we went whilst also achieving 10 knots ourselves at times.
With little rain but up to Force 6 we covered 147 NM and as well as covering the syllabus saw a bit of Cowes week.

Absolutely great mate…Bruce, Nangus Australia (seriously he is called Bruce).

Offers: RYA Competent Crew Course

If you do a RYA Competent Crew Course with us we have offers on some cruises, otherwise you can claim £50 off a cruise or race marked as suitable for novices.
For cruises and races there is a hire charge for Oilies, for RYA courses these are included in the course fee–we don’t do hidden extras!

ID Join Likely Finish Event Price Spaces  
WS307 21 May
17:55
30 May
17:55
Bermuda to Antigua Ocean YM Passage £750/500 5 Email Wild Spirit

Dates—Join 21st May in Bermuda finish in Falmouth Harbour Antigua by 30th May.
3 Places for full Ocean YM qualifying passage supervised by Paul Jackson, RYA YM Ocean and RYA YM Instructor.
Cost is £750 each including all food, fuel etc. You will need to submit sailing CV and be accepted as the QP includes you being in charge of a watch. You will also be able to do your Astro-Nav on this 935NM passage but will need to provide your own Sextant and be familiar with using it before we start. You will also need to bring your own forms for recording sights and if you use them (recommended) Reeds Astro-Navigation Tables. This is for experienced Yachtmasters who have already studied the YM Ocean theory and who are preparing for the final oral exam.
Partial QPs – You can also just do your Astro-Nav and gain experience on this trip then do your QP on a later trip. Cost is £500 each. Join 21st or 22nd May in Bermuda finish in Falmouth Harbour Antigua by 30th May.
The Yacht
Spirit of Juno is a Farr 65 that has raced round the World, she was built to carry up to 19 crew though we will have a maximum of 10 on board. She is a tough vessel built to withstand the Southern Ocean so if we do get a gale she is the right yacht to be on. In 2016 we were the first ‘Sea School’ yacht home in the Caribbean 600 when about 30% of the others retired.

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Combine with Antigua to Bermuda race for just £1995

WS308 22 Jun
20:01
28 Jun
15:01
Scotland Mile builder+ RYA £295 2 Email Wild Spirit

From Fort William (Corpach) to Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) passing Rhum, Jura and Islay then down past Rathlin island and the Isle of Man.

Join evening of Thursday 22nd June for Friday morning departure, we sail south down Loch Linhe tpast Oban, Islay, Mull and Jura. Superb cruising area but with serious tides to consider. We will call into sevral ports and may include Oban, Islay, IOM and Rathlin Island as overnight stops. At least 350 NM so an overnight passage or 2. Skipper will be Paul, a Yachtmaster Instructor who has sailed this area several times.

Excellent for those working towards Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore, but you can do RYA Comp Crew if you wish–check with Paul to make sure you are suitable. We have a 37 foot Jeanneau SunFast.
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Wild Spirit in small Hebrides port.

Cheap flights and easy connections from Glasgow airport and to Dublin at the finish. The train station at Corpach is a very short walk from the boat. Mike has booked on the 1221 train from GLA to Corpach–4 hours of one of the most scenic train lines in the World. He paid £20 for his ticket.
We fly back from DUB around 1900 on 28th June.

One CC booked plus 2 milebuilders at 29/4/17

This is after the 3 Peaks yacht Race and there is a slightly increased risk element for this trip so in the event of bad weather disrupting the race we will use Oban as the alternative starting point as it still works for flights etc.

A rare opportunity to build miles in one of the most beautiful cruising areas in the World.
Cost is £295 including Food but allow for 2 meals out. Marina fees are included in cost. Loan of Oilies is extra.

WS297 23 Jun
20:00
25 Jun
16:30
RYA Day Skipper / Comp Crew £525 1 Email Wild Spirit

The long and short wekends will be fairly intensive and we will take a maximimu of 4 students

Nick Hall will be Instructing both weekends, as well as being an experienced RYA Instructor he has been a lead skipper for Flotillas in the Med and Caribbean.

Weekends are (long) 18th to 21st May and 23rd to 25th June.

You can talk to Nick about the course on 07787 945378

 

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Total cost includes bothweekends—£525 which includes all on board food, fuel, fees etc.

WS287 11 Jul
20:00
16 Jul
16:00
RYA Course £525 5 Email Wild Spirit

5 Day RYA with Tuesday evening start so only 3 days leave needed.
Day Skipper and Competent Crew available.
Includes good on board food and no hidden extras.

if you want to just sail deduct £25

WS290 17 Aug
20:00
27 Aug
16:00
Cruise £650 4 Email Wild Spirit

Starts at Plymouth Yacht Haven and finishes in Lymington.
Where we go in betwen depends on the weather and the crew.
We might go out to the Scillies or across to Britanny or the Channel Islands.
We aim to be back into Lymington by early Sunday afternoon so you can travel home before BH rush,
meet is Thursday evening to avoid Friday rush.

You can do an RYA Competent Crew course on this trip or you can just sail and build miles and experience.

Paul will skipper and Judith, his wife, will be on board.

Different format for this one with Kitty for evening meals and drinks; all other costs included in the price.
We will probably have a few meals our as well.

WS294 10 Sep
20:00
17 Sep
15:00
RYA 7 day course with cross channel £625 5 Email Wild Spirit

The 7 day RYA format proved popular in 2016
It allows us to cross the channel but still have plenty of time for the syllabus.
The sea is at its warmest about the 21st September, the crowds have gone but everywhere is still open and pleased to see us.

A great holiday and a RYA qualifiaction as well if you want to do one.

If you just want to sail and build the miles then deduct £25 from cost.

Allow for at least 2 meals out on this trip.

WS296 7 Oct
20:00
12 Oct
16:00
5 Day RYA £425 4 Email Wild Spirit

5 day RYA course
The sea is at its warmest about 21st September and this is one of the driest periods of the year.
Everywhere is open but the crowds have gone. A great time of the year to sail.

At £425 for bookings before 1st May/or first 2 bookings, it is a great value sailing course and holiday.
There are no hidden extras but do allow for a couple of meals ashore, though you can stay on board and eat if you wish, we will provide the food.

Join Saturday evening for dinner on board at 2000

After 1st May or first 2 bookings–whichever comes first–cost is £495

One booked 8/3