I had a great week, thanks for your support and guidance.
Our instructor managed a group of people with differing levels of experience, all our objectives were achieved and the navigation passages completed as planned.
Day Skipper Practical and Own Boat tuition – Thanks again for sorting out the training. Alex and Jim were excellent trainers and I really enjoyed the course.…..I successfully sailed my boat the 202 miles to Wales last week. We had a F6 gusting F7 on Saturday which forced us to stay in Fowey until Monday after which is was blue sky’s and SE winds all the way to Milford Haven where we arrived Wednesday lunchtime. The trip was amazing and we even had a large pod of dolphins riding our bow wave for 40 mins. Regards Ian May 16
We would like to thank you for the very useful own boat tuition we received at Sutton Marina on Saturday 20th June aboard our Dufour 2800, all the advise and patience were very much appreciated, we immediately took a buoy for the first time to take lunch the next day (and made it first time too). The locking and berth mooring – with our own arrangements – was especially useful and so far at least the same manoeuvres have gone very well since. It was very good throughout. Tom
Hi Wendy, Just a note to say thank you for a very informative and instructive day – and a good lunch. Regards Rosemary May 16
Although our primary objective was to gain the ICC certificate so that we can charter in the Med etc, we also knew that we would benefit from some formal sailing instruction and all came away feeling a lot more confident after two days with you.
I really enjoyed the course and appreciate how much you helped.
Many thanks for last Sunday afternoon. I’d really like to do some more with you so I’ll digest this and look at my diary
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for all your help the other week. It paid off and I passed the Yachtmaster Offshore! Pretty hard week but made it in the end.
Feeling very happy to have passed my day skipper and am now busy planning our trip around the islands! Thank you for teaching us so well. After 5 days on Gundulph my confidence has greatly improved.
The Ladies’ Day was a great chance to brush up on my boat handling skills, and it was lovely to meet some of the other women who have berths here at Sutton Harbour. Wendy was a brilliant trainer and all the staff at Sutton Harbour were all very welcoming – I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for future Active Marina events to take part in.
Just a note to thank you for the wonderful experience day I had with you & I wish you well with Start Point Sail West
I just wanted to thank you both for organising/leading the scout group sailing weekend. my daughter had an absolutely amazing time and we were so pleased to see the difference in her confidence – she was thrilled that she got to steer the boat and loved the camping, too. She was more animated and conversational on her return than I have seen her in quite a while!
Just like to say Thank you for arranging the Ladies Day, Wendy is a brilliant instructor and we all got on very well and all enjoyed it very much
Mayflower Marina 2014
Sutton Harbour Lock and the Ladies Manoeuvring Sessions. Wendy was patient, fun and relaxed in the sessions. Highly recommend to anyone. Will definitely be doing some more. Sally
Thank you for giving me such a sound basis for crewing – and making it such good fun – it was an empowering time I learned a tremendous amount in a hugely enjoyable way. Since then we have had hugely enjoyable and successful first proper sailing time on our own yacht. R
Many thanks for sending my Day Skipper ticket – now just get my boat back in the water and all will be good. I look forward to clocking up some miles now so that I can gain the experience to come back to you for my Yachtmaster tickets. Probably spring next year all being well.
Highly enjoyable and rewarding course. Instructor Greg was very good. Gave clear direction when needed but also allowed candidates (2 DS and 2 Comp Crew) time to get on with it, share knowledge and build skills, without micro management. Had a night sail in the Sound, working out multiple nav lights and negotiating the infamous “Bridge”. Voyages to Foyey and Salcombe (on a Reach at 9 knots at one stage) lunched at Newton Ferrers, negotiating sand bars and complex nav buoys. Had storms and did reefs on the run. Very informative Man Overboard drills and berthing/mooring to buoy under motor and sail practice. Was becalmed, had fog down to 50m (foghorns sounding, dodging fishing boats and divers) and a beat/reach in a Force 6 with a 8ft swell. Lots of manual Navigation to test our theory skills. Feel I have experienced in just 5 days, most situations you are ever likely to encounter! Thanks to Wendy and co for organising/stocking the boat with so much “nosh” so we couldn’t go hungry.
The sailing experience with Wendy was great. She was very patient with her explanations and responsive to individual needs. Certainly a confidence booster and I would like to be taught by her again
Mayflower Marina 2014
Just a note of thanks to you for organising the sailing course and the use of the yacht with Rick. It was a really good course and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Following on immediately from the theory course was a good idea. Both taken together has increased my level of confidence, even leaving me with the feeling that I need a bigger boat!
Please feel free to use the following on your website as a testimonial:- “Thanks again for the own boat tuition on Friday. We both really enjoyed it and found it extremely useful. It was good to get the chance to go systematically through all our safety equipment and get your advice and feedback. The boat handling exercises were a great confidence-builder and we appreciated the opportunity to practice with our new reefing lines! Thank you for your flexible and patient approach. We both felt we learnt a lot and would definitely recommend your own boat tuition to others”. Caroline and Gary, GD. Plymouth
Great sailing afternoon – a real confidence booster!
Rick, Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for your efforts of instructing on our recent course. Your enthusiasm and energy shon.. you hosted (all those ‘bites in the oven’ etc) well. I feel that I am improving all the time and the course bolsters this and increases confidence. Ken.
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