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  
WS331 14 Jun
20:00
20 Jun
07:56
Fort William to Troon £195 2 Email Wild Spirit

You would need to be in Ft William –Corpach station– is next to our berth for evening of 14th June or by 0930 morning of 15th.
We sail back to Troon—easy for rail or Glasgow airport—by mid-day Weds 20th June.
That trip will be just £195 but note it is at the end of a race. If things go wrong on the race we may end up in Oban, which is really same train line, or even somewhere else. Chances of this happening are less than 10% and you can follow our race progress via free Yellow Brick tracker. If we ended up in a difficult place and you couldn’t join then we would give you £195 back but no liability for cost of travel etc.

Whilst not a formal RYA course this is excellent for those working towards Yachtmaster as we will sail through at least one complex tidal sound and either through the Crinan canal or round the Mull of Kintyre.
You may also get a free invite to the 3 Peaks finish party, no promises.

WS329 7 Jul
18:00
12 Jul
10:00
Dublin (Wicklow) to Troon (Glasgow) £195 3 Email Wild Spirit

This trip is after the Volvo Round Ireland race and we will store the cruising gear at Wicklow and put it back on for Sunday morning departure. Wicklow is easy for Dublin airport, just a Bus ride.

Just where we stop will depend on the weather and we will probably have one overnight passage. We will probably sail between 175 and 215NM and include at least one Qualifying passage for YachtMaster.

It is after a major race so there is the possibility that we might have to delay or even cancel due to damage. In the last 12 years we haven’t had to do this but it is a possibility. The price of the trip reflects this increased risk. if we did have to cancel we give you your money back but not costs of flights.

Potential stops include Peel on Isle of Man, Howth, Ardglass, Bangor, Glenarm, Rathlin Island, PortPatrick and Lamlash.

We should be back into Troon by Wednesday evening but it could be early Thursday so best to book flight out of Glasgow or train for Thursday late morning or afternoon. Good restaurant at Troon Yacht Haven which we may well head for on last night.

2 or 3 of our Volvo Round Ireland team will be on board

WS322 28 Jul
16:00
11 Aug
09:00
St Kilda and Hebrides £1450 2 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.
Serious sailing if the weather isn’t kind so we have a 2 week trip with a view to getting a 2 day weather window so we can overnight at St Kilda. To maximise our chances we head out to the Outer Hebrides as soon as we can and this may well involve a night sail. Possibly a stop at Oban or Tobermory then on to Skye, Barra, N. Uist, Harris or, as we did last time, anchor off Taransay before heading out to St Kilda. On the way back we may take in the Monach Islands. If the weather window doesn’t appear until the second week we sail in the lee of the Outer Hebrides and wait our chance.
Serious sailing in a stunningly beautiful part of the World and great opportunity to develop sailing skills. Graham a regular is on board, he has sailed to St Kilda with Paul before. Pam, another Wild spirit regular, who has raced round the World is also on board. You don’t have to be very experienced but unless you are certain then it is not for novices.

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.

One regular who has raced round the World booked, one who has sailed there with me before on a Round Britain trip and one more experienced sailor.

WS327 25 Aug
14:00
31 Aug
11:00
Irish Rover–Leg one Troon to Arklow £375 3 Email Wild Spirit

Arklow?—1.5 hrs on 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.

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
20:33
7 Sep
15:59
Irish Rover –Leg 2–Arklow to Plymouth £395 3 Email Wild Spirit

Second leg of the Irish Rover from Arklow 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 for the 1800 Bus. If you have similar timed flights a shared taxi may make sense.

WS337 9 Sep
19:00
14 Sep
16:00
Irish Rover –leg 3 £395 5 Email Wild Spirit

Final leg of the Irish Rover return from Troon.
Straight up the Channel? Possible but more likely we will run across to Guernsey or Alderney then into Cherbourg for a meal at a favourite restaurant before heading into Lymington. Route will depend on weather plus aspirations of team will be major factor as we could do 2 night sails or none at all.

Food on board, fuel, marinas etc are all included in the price.

If you book for more than one of the legs deduct £50 or £100 if all 3 legs.
Wild Spirit can be used for accom in between legs as well.

WS335 5 Oct
20:00
10 Oct
16:00
RYA Course £475 5 Email Wild Spirit

back to RYA at Lymington with the Friday evening to Weds afternoon format that needs only 3 days AL.