News & Events

What is Day Skipper Theory?

    The RYA Day Skipper Theory course is your comprehensive guide to mastering chartwork, navigation, weather forecasting, and the basics of seamanship. It’s a must-do for anyone starting out who wants to make smart decisions on-board. Plus, it’s an important step if...

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Signature Events

Discover the Thrill of the Taittinger Regatta

    The Taittinger Regatta is not just a sailing competition; it has a vibrant spirit of camaraderie and a buzzing social scene. Held annually in the picturesque setting of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, this event has become very popular in the sailing community.  ...

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Do You Need a License to Drive a Boat?

    One of the most common questions we’re asked by people interested in our beginner sailing lessons, is whether they will need a license to drive a boat. Contrary to what you might have read elsewhere online and as strange as it might sound to beginner sailors,...

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Is the Mediterranean Tidal?

    Prerequisites for the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore exams include an amount of tidal miles. At least 400 for the YMC and 1250nm for the Offshore.   If all your sailing has been in UK waters then you can consider all of your miles as tidal. But what about if...

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Can You Do a VHF Radio Course Online?

    The RYA VHF Radio Course teaches you how to operate a VHF Radio competently and safely when aboard a vessel. The VHF radio courses are held our Southampton and London locations. If these locations and dates are not convenient for you, then it is possible to take...

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What you Need to Know About Yacht Racing

We talk to Cameron Davies about all things yacht racing. Cameron runs a fantastic yacht called Expresso Martini, on behalf of First Class Sailing. He and his first mate will take you out on the water, to get a real taste of life at the cutting edge of the racing...

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