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

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.

For 2017 Nick is running a day Skipper Course over 3 weekends. This will cover the full syllabus but with an emphasis on sailing in the Med and with practical tips on getting the best from a Med holiday from a former Med and Caribbean lead Skipper.

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 sail@wildspirit.co.uk.

Just hit big e-mail issue so please use paulandjudith.jackson@btinternet.com to contact us

ID Join Likely Finish Event Price Spaces  
WS290 16 Aug
20:00
26 Aug
16:00
Cruise £650 0 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 Brittany or the Channel Islands.
We aim to be back into Lymington by early Saturday afternoon so you can travel home before BH rush,
meet is Wednesday evening with meal on board and departure on Thursday morning.

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

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Paul will skipper and Judith, his wife, will be on board plus Pam a Wild Spirit regular who has raced round the World and Graham another experienced regular.

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 out as well.

WS294 10 Sep
20:00
17 Sep
15:00
RYA 7 day course with cross channel £625 0 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.

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WS296 14 Oct
20:30
19 Oct
17:00
5 Day RYA £425 1 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.

There are no hidden extras but do allow for one Dinner 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 2030 finish Thursday afternoon.

Late change in dates so only £425–one place left.

WS309 5 Nov
20:00
10 Nov
16:00
RYA Comp Crew/ Day Skipper £- 3 Email Wild Spirit

Extra RYA course with 2 bookings already.
Comp Crew and Day Skipper or just build some miles and revise your skills.
We have heating on board and will probably be in a Marina every night.

£395 for next booking and then it goes back to normal price of £425
There are no hidden extras and as well as Oilies we provide LRYA Logbooks for Competent Crew.
We will probably have one or 2 meals out in a Pub but you can stay on board and eat if you wish.

Not sure if you have experience/ theory knowledge needed for Day Skipper–just ask Paul