Skippers / RYA Instructors

Skippers / RYA Instructors

Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Sailing

I am a commercially endorsed RYA/MCA Ocean Yachtmaster plus RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety course Instructor plus a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club Over 20 years and 95,000+ miles experience including Channel, Irish Sea, Med , Hebrides, Orkneys, Shetlands. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Canaries, Biscay, Australia, NZ, Atlantic Caribbean . Mainly on Yachts 30 to 66 feet. 25,000+ miles of Royal Ocean Racing Club etc racing including Fastnets, Sydney Hobarts,Trans Atlantic and Round Britain and Ireland, Round Irelands plus others.  Reasonably good at Cooking, Maintenance and First Aid (not all at once) Good sense of humour, easy going, tolerant non-smoker. Fit 63yr 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 I 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.
Paul Jackson MBA DMS MCIEH FRSPH and Yachtmaster Instructor. updated 9/2/16


Phil Sugarman

Phil SugarmanComing to sailing when I was 40, I have firsthand experience of what it is like to be confused by all that nautical jargon and the endless bits of rope that the novice faces. However, after packing in the miles over the last decade, I now know a bitter end from a lee bow, and a few things beside.

I’ve raced yachts inshore and offshore including as Skipper for the Fastnet Race and Cork Week. I’ve cruised extensively in the English Channel, Brittany and many parts of the Mediterranean, as well as Norway, Holland and some of the Caribbean. I have near to 30,000 miles under my belt.

Having spent many years working as an Accident and Emergency doctor I tend to keep a cool head on the water when others may be getting a little edgy. I also have a lot of teaching experience and many of my sailing students find my clear analytical approach very helpful. Since 2005 I have been a commercially endorsed RYA/MCA Ocean Yachtmaster plus RYA Cruising Instructor, teaching on yachts from 26-72 feet long.

When not on the water I am a freelance website designer/developer. I like to hike and ski. Recently I completed a horticulture course and have been doing a bit of gardening…but that’s another story.


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!

Geoff Johns

Fastnet skipper 2017
My first outing on to the high seas was at the grand age of 3 when my parents emigrated to South Africa on-board the Ellerman Line ship, the City of Exeter, and as time would tell, this would not be the last.
After experiencing a ride in a friend’s Enterprise on Victoria Lake YC in Johannesburg at the age of 11, the bug had bitten: this lead to a few happy years sailing and learning to race Dabchicks on Rietvlei, at Pretoria Sailing Club.
After returning to the UK, I built, and raced Fireballs, my current classic (K12910) is in the boatshed. I also qualified as a Naval Architect, then in 2000 after much arm twisting, and several pints, Les Collier of Shustoke Sailing Club persuade me to try out ‘big boat’ sailing: like my Enterprise experience earlier, I immediately found my ‘nirvana’, and since then have never looked back.
I met Paul on the 2005 Fastnet and after that we have enjoyed several years of sailing together, including the odd sing-song over in France, as well as helping out with occasional maintenance tasks on Wild Spirit.
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I have now raced around the UK, Channel, Ireland, and Mediterranean, plus skippered an Elan 410 in the 2011 Fastnet. I have done a number of ‘Fastnets’, ‘Round The Island’ races, ‘Round Ireland’ races, one ‘Middle Sea’ race, plus many RORC and JOG weekend races. I’m a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and hold the MCA/RYA Offshore Yachtmaster qualification with Commercial Endorsement.
Teamwork and enjoyment are two big elements for me in yachting, and it’s in these areas that I devote much effort and attention. I look forward to meeting you and creating some of those memorable sailing moments together …