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Own Boat Tuition
Coastal Navigation Sailing Course

Own Boat Tuition

The RYA and ASA offer structured courses for all levels of sailor from complete novice to experienced sailor. These take part on sailing school boats. 

As an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, I spend most of my time teaching for RYA Schools.

Through this website, I also offer own-boat tuition for clients.  Of course, we are not an accredited sailing school and so we can't examine or offer certification, but we can work with you on specific issues or parts of the syllabus. 

In addition, we can accompany you on 'skippered passages' over 60 miles. This can be useful for RYA Yachtmaster candidates who need specific sea mileage and passages over 60 miles. Night hours are also required.   More Info


Boat Handling & Berthing

Many new skippers are nervous when they first start berthing their vessel, especially when the conditions are challenging or they are  shorthanded. We can help you learn how to 'park like a boss!' More info

Shorthanded Sailing

Many a skipper relies upon a spouse and teenage children to crew their yacht. On a nice day sail, this can be a breeze, but what about when things go wrong? We can help you plan for things like 'skipper overboard' or reefing in bad weather. More info.

Sailing Time

Passage making

If you're working towards an RYA Yachtmaster qualification, you'll need to build a portfolio of five passages of over 60 nm, two of them as skipper. We can accompany you on passage and help you build your practical skills. More Info

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

Each year hundreds of sailors leave the Canary Islands to sail across the Atlantic Ocean and make landfall in the sailing nirvana of the West Indies. As an experienced ocean sailor with 250,000 miles and many ocean crossings, I am available to assist you in your passage. More info. 

Sail Boat
Day Rates

My Day Rates

Single Weekday (0800 - 1600)

2 Day Weekend (0800 Sat - 1600 Sunday)

3 Day Weekend (0800 Friday - 1600 Sunday)

3 Day Weekend (0800 Saturday - 1600 Monday)

5 Consecutive Weekdays (0800 Monday - 1600 Friday)

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers & Ocean Voyages






£200 per day

(minimum £2,495)

Food & Subsistence.

Whilst on board, the client is responsible for providing all food & refreshments for the crew & instructor.  The instructor should be allocated a cabin when an overnight stay is necessary.

Payment made on confirmation of booking (see notes below)

Travel Expenses & Disbursements

No travel costs are charged where vessels are based on the South Coast between Portsmouth & Weymouth. For locations outside this region, there is a flat travel cost of £35. Where flights are required, the client will cover agreed costs for flights, travel and parking plus any necessary hotel accommodation. In the event of a cancellation by the owner, any agreed expenses incurred by us will be payable to us by the owner, in full.

Liability Insurance

The instructor holds PI insurance. In addition, you should make sue that your vessel is insured for the proposed sailing area. When he instructor is on board, the owner remains the skipper of the vessel at all times.

Payments & Cancellation Policy

An invoice will be raised for the quoted work (to include agreed expenses) on confirmation of the client booking & must be paid in full within 5 working days by way of electronic bank transfer.


Additional charges or expenses incurred after the initial invoice will be included in a further invoice to be raised within 14 days of the end of the job. Payment on this invoice to be due within 14 days of invoice


Either party may cancel a booking at any time. If the client cancels a booking 20 days or less before the planned session is scheduled to begin, then a cancellation fee is due and a refund will be made less any cancellation charge (and less any agreed expenses already incurred or charges for time spent to date).

Cancellation 21 or more days*  - 100% of booking fee refundable (as defined above)*

Cancellation less than 15 - 20 days before* - 80% of booking fee refundable (as defined above)*

Cancellation less than 4 - 14 days before* - 50% of booking fee refundable (as defined above)*

Cancellation less than 3 days or less*  - 25% of booking fee refundable (as defined above)*

*If the client subsequently rearranges or rebooks a cancelled course within 3 months, we will discount that new booking by the amount of any lost booking fee, such discount to be capped at 15% of the new booking charge.

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