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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Snorkel the Sunken City

A popular request in my recent survey was for information on lesser-known places to visit in the Saronic and Argolic Gulfs. The first one that I will tell you about is the Sunken City of Epidauros. (Epidaurus is pronounced Epidavros - 'u' following 'a' in Greek makes a 'v' sound). You'll find the Sunken City [...]

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Sailing Close to the wind …

Novice sailors often find the most difficult point of sail is sailing as close to the wind as you can get - sailing to windward, or close-hauled. You can't sail directly into the wind so you have to steer what is called the best course to windward in English nautical terminology. This means pointing your [...]

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What to do after Day Skipper 4: Skippered Charter

This is the last of my posts about what to do once you pass your Day Skipper. It covers skippered charter. The information is based on what happens in Greece, as that is the sailing area I know best, but some things apply all over the world. With a skippered charter you get a boat and - not [...]

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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 2: Flotilla Sailing

I hope you're having a great summer. I've just returned from visiting my baby grand-daughter in the UK for a week and enjoyed having cooler weather than we get in Greece at this time of year. Here's the second of my posts on the sailing options for you once you have passed your RYA Day [...]

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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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