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 100,000+ 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 7 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), 5 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 65 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!