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, or email us at [email protected]. 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 Everyone,

A brilliant week aboard Wild Spirit! My desk has finally stopped moving around so I’ve been able to concentrate on setting up a place to share photos. After a couple of dead-ends, I’ve created a website for us to share….

Ian
Sept 2017

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  
WS311 26 Dec
20:00
28 Dec
16:30
Christmas Sail £125 5 Email Wild Spirit

For the last 7 years Paul has raced in the Sydney to Hobart starting Boxing Day.
He has skippered or helmed teams winning Class, Division and first Tasmanian boat home, but this year he is staying in the UK.

With enforced Annual Leave it is a good opportunity to do something constructive and possibly avoid certain relatives.
Several regulars are interested and this will be a fun sail with a good relaxed night out.
Not a formal RYA course but useful experience and good if you are considering a Scottish Milebuilder trip next year and want to try us out.

We have diesel and electric heating and we will be in a Marina every night so plenty of hot showers etc.

WS321 2 Mar
19:45
4 Mar
16:45
Race Training weekend £100 5 Email Wild Spirit

Race training weekend.

Included in Volvo Round Ireland Package but places also available to others.

WS312 23 Mar
19:00
28 Mar
16:30
RYA Course £425 2 Email Wild Spirit

RYA course–you can do either Comp Crew–no experience required or if you have the experience and knowledge Day Skipper, just ask if you need advice

Our standard format and popular RYA course with good food, great tuition and no hidden extras.

3 booked including one who did Comp Crew at 27/10/17

WS313 6 Apr
19:00
11 Apr
16:00
RYA Course £425 5 Email Wild Spirit

RYA course–you can do either Comp Crew–no experience required or if you have the experience and knowledge Day Skipper, just ask if you need advice

Our standard format and popular RYA course with good food, great tuition and no hidden extras.

2 bookings via recommendation at 27/10/17

WS315 15 Apr
18:00
20 Apr
14:00
Mile Builder Lymington to Falmouth £275 3 Email Wild Spirit

Lymington to Falmouth with several stops.
Good for working towards yachtmaster qualifications and obtaining Qualifying passages.

It is possible to do RYA Competent Crew on this trip but you would need to be adventurous or have done some sailing already–add £25 for Certs and Logbook.
By the time we have popped into various harbours we should log at least 180NM. It is also possible we will go via the Channel Islands if wind is favourable.

Cost includes all on board food, fuel, fees, marinas etc. No hidden extras.

Falmouth has train service to London. One way hire cars also possible.
2 confirmed at 28/10/17

WS316 22 Apr
18:00
28 Apr
11:00
Falmouth to Dublin–Milebuilder £295 3 Email Wild Spirit

Join Falmouth Sunday evening for the trip round to Dublin. We will call in to a few ports but there is one long leg with an overnight sail.
A great Milebuilder for those working towards Yachtmaster or wanting to build their experience and miles. You will be actively involved and there are Qualifying Passages for YM.
We will probably finish in Dun Laoghaire or Greystones which have easy connections with Dublin Airport.

Cost includes all on board food, fuel, fees, marinas etc. No hidden extras.

2 confirmed at 28/10/17

WS317 1 May
10:00
6 May
14:00
Dublin to Troon Milebuilder £345 2 Email Wild Spirit

Join in Dublin (Dun Laoghaire or Greystones with easy links to Airport)
Several stops as we head north towards either the Isle of Man or Rathlin Island and or Arran and then Troon with easy links to Glasgow airport.

Good Milebuilder and for those progressing towards Yachtmaster, normally fairly benign conditions though in May the normal SW prevailing wind may change to NE.

Splendid scenery and hospitality with stops at a few places.

Cost includes all on board food, fuel, fees, marinas etc. No hidden extras.

4 booked at 1/11/17

WS318 11 May
21:00
19 May
14:00
Scottish Explorer £645 5 Email Wild Spirit

Join either Friday evening or early Saturday morning for a full week of sailing out of Troon Yacht Haven (easy from Glasgow airport)

Where we go depends on the crew, experience and weather. This is a trip for keen sailors with the opportunity to build skills, develop navigation experience and see beautiful scenery.
There may be some night sailing but unlikely to be more than one overnight trip and there will be time ashore plus a few meals out (extra cost).

Wild Spirit at anchor off Taransay in Hebrides.

Cost includes all on board food, fuel, fees, marinas etc–We don’t do hidden extras.

WS329 7 Jul
18:00
14 Jul
13:00
YachtMaster Exam plus Prep £525 5 Email Wild Spirit

Af ter the Volvo Round Ireland race we can spend a few days preparing for the YM exam and then take it on 11th and 12th July out of Wicklow or Dun Laoghaire–easy for Dublin airport.

After the exam we sail on to Troon for Glasgow airport. Numbers are limited on this one and there is the RYA (or ISA) exam fee on top for those taking exam. You are welcome to come and just sail plus develop your skills and see a YM exam.

WS322 28 Jul
16:00
11 Aug
11:00
St Kilda and Hebrides £1250 5 Email Wild Spirit

A full fortnight of sailing and depending on weather etc we will go out to St Kilda

Will may well visit Barra and Harris plus several other Islands

Picture of us in Rodel on Harris.

Great for the adventurous and thos working towards RYA qualifications, expect to be fully committed team members helping with all aspects of the voyage.
Potential Qualifying passages for those building for Yachtmaster qualifiactions.

WS327 25 Aug
14:00
7 Sep
16:00
Irish Rover £675 5 Email Wild Spirit

A steady cruise with most overnights in port. Starts Troon (easy from Glasgow airport) and we will head down to Ireland and work down the coast, possibly including Rathlin Island plus Isle of Man. We may also take in the Isles of Scilly. Probably 2 or 3 nights of sailing and at least 500NM. Several Qualiying passages for Yachtmaster and possibly a Guinness or 2. Finishes Plymouth Yacht Haven for train to London etc.

Cost includes all on board food, fuel, marinas, fees etc but allow for a few meals ashore to be shore.