Dramatic Rescue of MOB in the middle of the Pacific

A British man has told of the terrifying moment he was washed overboard from a yacht in the middle of the Pacific Ocean - then watched in horror as it disappeared from sight. Andrew Taylor, who was taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, a global race for amateur sailors, spent 90 [...]

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Get Your Radio Licence – Be Prepared For Chartering Anywhere

Some countries now ask for a marine radio operator's licence in addition to your skipper's licence if you want to charter. There's no sign of it in Greece at present. (Radio use is pretty poor here as a consequence ...) Even if you don't have to have a licence for chartering it makes sense to [...]

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Discover the Skills for a Happy Crew

Our aim is always to give you the very best experience possible - in every way! With a new season about to start our boats are ready to go! They look great, polished and shiny, with everything serviced and checked, ready for the first students to arrive on Sunday. Now that winter maintenance is complete, [...]

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New online RYA Marine Radio Operator’s Course

  International pressure is forcing more and more countries to conform to the regulations for operation of marine radio sets, which should only be used under the supervision of someone with a legal marine radio operator's licence. Croatia has insisted for a few years that those who charter yachts must have a radio operator's licence [...]

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Security Deposit or Damage Waiver?

I received an email from Vasily, one of our students today. He'd asked me for prices for chartering a catamaran. As I'm not in the office this week, I simply 'cut and paste' the information we'd been sent by the yacht charter company. Vasily (quite rightly) got back to me asking: 2500 - something called [...]

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Pretty little Bistiou. Idyllic, but with a sting at times …

I like to share with you some of the lesser known anchorages we have visited. Today I'm going to tell you about a secluded cove called Bistiou (Μπιστιου in Greek) on the north of Poros island. We found it in Nicholas Elias's excellent Greece Sea Guide many years ago. It isn't very easy to spot the [...]

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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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The Puppy’s Tale

Sometimes you make a decision knowing it will cause you problems but you just have to go with it ... It happened as I was on my way home, shortly before dusk. Earlier in the day I'd discovered I had two bald tyres. I hadn't had time to do anything about them so I was [...]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Outstanding.

This week I’ve been taking a look at our Feedback Book.  That’s the book where we keep the feedback forms each student completes at the end of their course. These are examined by the RYA as part of our annual inspection. Feedback is invaluable to us as it tells us both what we’re doing right [...]

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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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