From Northern Spain to Ibiza on “Harmony”

This is George's account of his recent trip on the yacht, Harmony. "I had been asked to join the crew of Harmony, a Beneteau 50, to do a YM Prep for the owner, John Robinson. John and his wife, Caroline, did their Day Skipper and Competent Crew course with us last year. This July John took [...]

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Irish Challenge for the next America’s Cup?

You read it here first ...  An Irishman now based in Switzerland writes: "I hereby challenge the Geneva sailing club for the America’s Cup." See the full article at - Batten down the hatches « The Swiss Job - he is looking for crew! Maybe our students from the post below might be interested?

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Zotelot Crew Relaxing

Here is a nice photograph of Zotelot taken just outside Aegina harbour. On board are an Irish group - Shane Russell, Jane McCusker, James O'Keeffe, and Padraig O'Donoghue - who all successfully completed their Competent Crew with us. I understand that they had a heavy night in Poros the evening before this picture was taken [...]

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Start Yachting – Well done Christine and Kassie!

  Here are Christine (11) and Kassie (7) from Russia proudly showing their Start Yachting certificates. They were awarded these by skipper, George, for their participation in a sailing week we ran for their father, Ray Church. Ray and his wife, Elena, completed their Day Skipper and Competent Crew respectively with us in 2007. Ray followed this with [...]

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It’s a tough job being an instructor here …

.. like the hat, Ian

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Some Great Photos from Alex Fajardo

Alex sailed with us in May for two weeks. He passed his Competent Crew and Day Skipper, doing a weekend theory course in between. He sent me loads of photos today, all of which were great. It was hard to choose some to put up on the Blog but I chose these to give a [...]

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Flaming June – Hottest Weather for 110 years

Phew! While the UK and other places have had torrential rain, we have had an amazingly hot week. Even on Aegina, which is a few degrees cooler than the mainland, temperatures have reached 42° - 43°. This is unheard of for June and is the hottest weather for 110 years.  At least eight people died of [...]

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NEW – RYA Certificate Translations

The RYA is providing translations of their practical certificates in a number of languages. This should help acceptance of the qualifications. German, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, and Croatian translations are already available on this page of the RYA website and others (including Greek) will be coming soon. 

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Review of hand-held VHFs

Among the recommendations of the MAIB report into the sinking of the yacht Ouzo, with the loss of her three crew, was that every yacht should carry a waterproof handheld VHF radio. There are many occasions when it's useful to have a waterproof radio that can be used in the cockpit and, in the event of being [...]

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Irish Weather Forecasting Machine

I came across this yesterday on a sailing forum. I know it's been around for a while but it's still amusing.

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