RYA Day Skipper

RYA Day Skipper

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How to Book and why we don’t do on line Credit Card bookings.
Choosing the right course is important and the one that is the most problematic is Day Skipper.
We don’t want impulse purchases. We will hold provisional bookings and we don’t do ‘prompts to purchase’ like ‘last seat left at this price’. So do drop us an e-mail or even better call Paul on 01823 433813 between 0800 and 2000 and ask the questions.

We are disappointed by the approach some schools are taking with courses that we feel don’t fully meet RYA standards and hidden extras that you only encounter once you are on board. Quite few expect you to eat out ashore most nights, as well as costing more it reduces the time to thoroughly cover the Syllabus We are different

Afternoon Paul

Just a brief note to thank you for the excellent instruction last week , my only regret being that I did not undertake Day Skipper 10 years ago even in my powerboat days – my fuel bills could have been significantly reduced and I am sure I would have traveled further afield .

Pierre sept 2017

What is included:
• Services of experienced RYA Instructor
• Accommodation on board Wild Spirit
• Good on board food
• Berthing Fees, Fuel
• Use of foul weather gear (oilskins)
• Use of a life jacket and all safety equipment
• Superb marina facilities with free Car Parking and nearby station

We run the RYA courses in accordance with the Syllabuses, in full compliance with the hours requirements and without hidden extras, it makes a great 5 day holiday and we visit several different Ports plus anchor in some beautiful places. On 7 day courses we aim to cross the Channel and visit Alderney or Cherbourg. Most of the courses run out of Lymington Yacht Haven which adjoins the New Forest National Park.
There are no hidden extras.
Plus if you have passed Day Skipper theory and don’t pass Day Skipper Practical we will give you another weekend completely free together further training and with a re-assessment

‘I have been away on holiday putting my Day Skipper skills into practice in Turkey. You obviously taught me well: we were the only yacht trusted to go off on our own for a few day’s.
Robin Tunbridge Wells

Why do your RYA Day Skipper qualification with us?

Well there are quite a few sailing schools and RYA sailing courses along the south of England and some like Lymington Yacht Charter Sea School, who we operate as part of, have been around for quite a few years. So what makes us different?

Quite simply it is the way we operate. Good Instructors who you can speak to before the course—not freelancers hired in at the last moment.

Then there is the Yacht, Wild Spirit is more comfortable and better equipped than most and she has completed Fastnet and Round Ireland races plus sailed all the way round Britain including stopping off at St Kilda. So she is fast, safe and very well equipped.

The food on Wild Spirit is much better than most Sea School yachts; we all like cooking and enjoy good food so that is what you get. It also fits with our policy of ‘No hidden extras’. This is unlike some other schools who only tell you about the ‘Kitty’ after you get on board. The Kitty is there because the allowance for food is not enough, or the instructor has not been given enough to cover all mooring fees. The only Kitty on Wild Spirit is if the students want to have one for drinks ashore. You will have time to visit a Pub or Marina Bar 2 or 3 times and we do have a bottle of wine or two with Dinner but only when we are safely tied up for the night . We never drink and sail.

Hopefully the picture of what we do is now emerging, we run courses properly and we teach sailing because we enjoy it. RYA Day Skipper Courses and Competent Crew Courses have to be at least five days (108 hrs). We don’t run Day Skipper theory but the RYA says a minimum of 58 hours study is required for it plus the exam, yet some schools do a combined theory and practical in 9 days. The RYA also gives guidelines for minimum experience prior to Day Skipper, and we take notice of them.

RYA Day Skipper

Our aim is to not only completely fufill the RYA syllabus, but to make sure you really do learn all you can and enjoy it. So if you want to do your Day Skipper before you take your family or friends off on a Flotilla and want to know that, if you pass you are up to standard, do give us a call.

How many on a course?

The RYA are clear there is a maximum of 5 on a course, yet we have had people on board who tell us they did their CC with more than this on. We like to mix DS and CC and will only normally have a maximum of 4 DS on a course. Our favourite ratio is 2 DS and 3 CC.

A few Figures. Of the 9 in the Wild Spirit Fastnet team for 2015, 6 had done RYA sailing courses with us before, one had sailed with Paul in a Sydney Hobart race and two are new. Of the 14 who cruised round Ireland with us (3 legs of two weeks) 11 had sailed with us before.

What’s included?

All on board food, fees, berthing costs, fuel and, if you don’t have them, use of Oilskins. RYA Log Books for Competent Crews. All safety equipment. Free Car parking at Lymington.

Extras

You are welcome to bring some wine to go with Dinner, but we don’t drink and sail.
Often the crew decide to have one Dinner out, the instructor will pay their share.If you want we will still provide on board food and you can opt out, it’s not a problem.

Unusual needs

We are interested in developing sailing abilities and have had students who coped with missing limbs and various medical conditions. Within reason, we can cope with special diets as well.

Contact Us for more information on UK RYA Sailing Courses

Give us a call–Paul 01823 433813, Nick 07787 945378 or email us at or email us at [email protected].

ID Join Likely Finish Event Price Spaces  
WS327 25 Aug
14:00
31 Aug
11:00
Irish Rover–Leg one Troon to Dublin £375 2 Email Wild Spirit

Special Offer–We have lost a team member so as I like a minimum of 4 on board next place is half price at £190

We finish at Dun Laoghaire Marina which has a direct Bus from Dublin airport with it’s cheap flights and good for provisioning plus crew changes. (Troon is easy from Glasgow Airport). We will probably have a night sail and may take in the Isle of Man, probably Peel, or head straight down to Ireland, or go by way of Rathlin Island.
At least one Qualifying Passage for YachtMaster and good opportunities to develop Nav and passage planning skills. Not too serious but the Irish Sea can be lumpy in the wrong conditions. We can take a keen novice but more aimed at those who have sailed before. A few nights in Marinas or ports which may include being alongside harbour walls such as in the charming little harbour of PortPatrick

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

Whilst the Bus to the airport works well a shared Taxi may also make sense. I fly out at 1455 on 31st.

WS336 2 Sep
19:33
7 Sep
17:00
Irish Rover –Leg 2–Dublin to Plymouth £395 2 Email Wild Spirit

Second leg of the Irish Rover from Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) to Plymouth.

No doubt about it, we will have some night sailing as we have a crossing to make. Depending on the weather we may run down the coast perhaps stopping at Kilmore Quay or Dunmore East before heading across towards either the Isles of Scilly or Lands End. Stops may include Falmouth, Fowey or Helford River before arriving at Plymouth. With over 250NM this is a great mile and experience builder for budding YachtMasters and Day Skippers who want to build competence.

Cost includes on board food, fuel, marinas etc. Allow for a few meals out and you need a Passport

I arrive in Dublin airport at 1715 on 2nd September If you have similar timed flights a shared taxi may make sense.

WS337 14 Sep
21:30
19 Sep
16:00
RYA–Plymouth to Lymington £325 4 Email Wild Spirit

RYA with a few more miles.
You can do Competent Crew (needs no experience) or if you have the required experience and theory level we can have up to 2 Day Skippers.
Alternatively you can just build miles towards Yachtmaster and we will cover at least 120NM including some night sailing.
Join Plymouth Friday evening(easy train) finish Lymington Wednesday afternoon (easy train)
You can arrive earlier than the meet time of 2130 and get on board. i will probably be there by 1800 abd eat on board or at the restaurant at the marina.

Food on board, fuel, marinas, loan of Oilies etc are all included in the price.
For just mile building and with your own Oilies deduct £25

WS340 2 Oct
20:00
7 Oct
16:00
RYA Comp Crew or Day Skipper £425 3 Email Wild Spirit

Competent Crew/ day Skipper course with max of 4 Students (including a max of 3 Day skippers).
Starts and finishes Lymington Yacht Haven with free parking and superb facilities.

Tuesday evening join with dinner at 2000 (you can join later if you wish) finishes Sunday p.m so only 3 days leave needed.

The sea is normally warmest on 21st September and this is agreat time of the year to sail.
Depending on the crew and the weather we might cross the channel.

If you have just want to build miles deduct £25.

WS335 12 Oct
20:00
17 Oct
16:00
RYA Course £395 2 Email Wild Spirit

Competent Crew/ day Skipper course with max of 4 Students and max of 3 Day skippers.
Starts and finishes Lymington Yacht Haven with free parking and superb facilities.

Friday evening to Wednesday afternoon so only 3 days lave needed. We will probably have a couple of meals ashore which aren’t included but we will provide food on board if you don’t want to eat out.

The sea is normally warmest on 21st September and this is agreat time of the year to sail.
Depending on the crew and the weather we might cross the channel.

If you have just want to build miles deduct £25.