Category Archives: Learning and Training

Learning to sail and undertaking quality sailing training are so important. I think that a sailor never stops learning. Here you’ll find details of some of the sailing training I’ve undertaken, as well as my stories as an RYA Cruising Instructor and Offshore Yachtmaster. Wherever you are on your ‘learning to sail’ journey, you’ll find lots of hints and tips here

Back to the classroom for Yachtmaster Theory

A couple of weeks ago, I went back to the classroom. With a daunting 6 days of theory, and 3 written exams ahead of me I was apprehensive for several reasons. Firstly, I haven’t sat in a classroom for a solid week in nearly 15 years – how would I cope?! Secondly, this was for my Yatchmaster theory. The standard of which is incredibly high – would I be up to the right standard? How tough is tough? Am I actually capable of this?

I did my theory course with Elite Sailing, a fantastic RYA training centre based in Chatham. I’ve done other courses with them in the past, including my VHF, Radar and Diesel Engine courses. But the Yachtmaster is in a very different league to any of those!

The training barge (classroom) at Elite Sailing

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