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.

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 [email protected].

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.