Wow! What a fantastic experience, the RYA Day Skipper course was the most amazing thing I have done for a long time. I felt more proud about becoming a Day Skipper than I have done about any other professional exams or qualifications I’ve ever done! I have returned to England buzzing with excitement and cannot wait to return to Trafalgar Sailing very soon to gain some more experience. I shall bring the whole family next time!
The Day Skipper course was challenging for me, and it was certainly a steep learning curve, but every day was filled with different exercises and new skills to learn, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
The most fantastic Instructor, I cannot imagine anyone I would rather have done the course with. He was extremely knowledgeable and skilled, I really liked his teaching style, very clear and calm, incredibly patient and kind, and with a great sense of humour and fun. He imparted plenty of very useful information, and gave very detailed help and instructions, but also allowed us to learn by our own mistakes (in my case, while trying to moor, again and again and again until I got it right!). The crew on board had a wide range of skills and abilities, but he managed to make everyone feel good about what we achieved.
The home cooked meals on board were hearty and delicious, from salads and cold meats at lunch time, to curry and rice to warm us up before a cold night crossing! There were plenty of refreshments available, although we didn’t have much time for snacking during the day! We enjoyed eating on shore three or four times,
The accommodation was excellent. As the only female on board, I was allocated the best double cabin with en-suite, so I cannot complain! Saloon was spacious and comfortable, everything was very clean, all the equipment was in perfect condition (and a nice clean engine, which I was pleased about as I had to stick my head in the engine compartment for engine checks every day, a bit of a shock as it was the first time I’ve ever looked at an engine in my life, I’ve never even checked the oil in my car before!)
I cannot think of any improvements I would make to the Trafalgar Sailing experience. You handled the booking very efficiently prior to my arrival and offered help with finding flights and hotels, and everything went very smoothly. The price was reasonable and compared well with UK based courses. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would have no hesitation in recommending Trafalgar Sailing courses to anyone.
I would love to be kept informed of future sailing opportunities and special offers. As a teacher, I can only travel during school holidays. I would really like to bring (or send!) my teenagers at some point‚ they are aged 16 and 19, they have both sailed before and have done Tall Ships Expeditions, but I think it would be great if they could do Competent Crew.
Thanks for everything, and I look forward to sailing with you again in the near future!