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

Clipper Race Training Preparation

Clipper Race training involves 4 core weeks of training over about 18 months. The weeks are notoriously intense, they’re hard work, incredibly tiring and most definitely not for the faint hearted. Later this week I will be sailing off on my 1st week of Clipper Race training.

Week 1 is apparently the toughest. This is perhaps to do with the fact that it is the 1st time that most people will have lived in such an environment… i.e. a 70ft racing yacht out on the high seas, with 18 strangers! Working hard rigging decks and hauling sails, whilst at the same time  learning continuously about the art of becoming a highly efficient crew member for an ocean yacht race.

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RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Course – Thames Boat Training

I recently completed the RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman course with Thames Boat Training.

Thames Boat Training is run by an awesome guy called Paul, who is an incredibly experienced sailor. He’s based on a narrowboat in Shepperton and will tailor courses to meet your needs. The training takes place onboard one of his two narrowboats, and due to the sheer size of the boats offer the perfect training experience for any future motor cruiser.

The Thames Boat Training narrowboat which I learnt on

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