General Interest

Sailing Books for You or Your Friends

December isn't usually much of a sailing month, in the northern hemisphere anyway. But it's a great month to curl up in the evening with a sailing book. You can improve your knowledge or simply read about an adventure on the high seas. Books make a great present for friends or family who enjoy sailing, [...]

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Tidal or Non-Tidal : What’s it all about?

You may come across the terms 'tidal' and 'non-tidal' with reference to RYA sailing certificates. Here's some information about exactly what this means. I hope it will tell you a few things you didn't know before ... Most of the oceans of the world are subject to tides, which are caused by the combined effects of [...]

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Mountains, Castles, & Distilleries – Join our Scottish Highlands Adventure 2014

I'm pleased to announce that we'll be running a tidal sailing trip to the picturesque west coast of Scotland next Spring. This will follow a similar route to our successful trip last year. As previously, we'll sail with two yachts for two weeks and you can join us for either one or both weeks. Each [...]

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RYA Day Skipper Certificates – Old & New

     Day Skipper is one of the most popular RYA courses as it leads to an internationally recognised certificate. I've found that people who passed their Day Skipper several years ago are unaware that the certificate has changed.      This post tells you about the old and new forms of Day Skipper certificate [...]

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Choosing the right level of sailing course

One of the advantages of the RYA scheme is that you can enter at any point that is appropriate to you. You don't have to start at the beginning if you already have plenty of sailing experience. For example, George, our Principal, spent 35 years in the Royal Navy and first skippered a small boat [...]

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In Memory of Ian Blayney and ‘Turkish’ mooring.

As you may know from my last post, I prolonged my recent visit to the UK so that I could attend the funeral of a dear friend, who was well known in sailing circles in Greece, Turkey, and beyond. Ian Blayney (‘Lord’ Blayney as he was known to his friends) and his wife, Bette, sailed [...]

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A secret anchorage on Hydra

Most people who sail in the Saronic want to visit Hydra; few want the hassle that goes with it. Athough beautiful, it's a bit of a nightmare for yachts. A night spent in Hydra often involves fouled anchors, boats rafted up on top of each other, and generally some stress and shouting ... It's much [...]

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What to do after Day Skipper 3: Yacht Charter

Here's my third post about what to do once you pass your Day Skipper course. For most people the end goal in learning to sail is to be able to charter a yacht themselves. Chartering is normally sub-divided into skippered charter (sometimes called crewed charter) and bareboat charter. I'll cover skippered charter in the next post. This is about [...]

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What to do after Day Skipper 1: Mile-Building

Recently several people have asked me to suggest what they should do after completing their RYA Day Skipper course so I've decided to make it the topic of my next posts. There are three main options - mile-building, flotilla sailing, and bareboat charter. Each of these has different advantages and drawbacks and you may want to try more [...]

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George discusses sailing with Princess Anne!

George Burton, our Principal, mixing in Royal circles... He attended a Christmas party In London for the Not Forgotten Association. This is a unique national tri-service charity which provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities. At the event he had the opportunity to meet [...]

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