I am currently away sailing on a fastrack commercial yachtmaster course.  On this site you will be able to follow my progress, read words that I have written and look at photos I have taken.  You can even leave comments which I may or may not read.

This is me:


The first time I set foot on a yacht was the end of the Summer 2011.  I did a “start yachting weekend” with Elite Sailing in Chatham, Kent and got hooked.  A further two weekends earnt me my “Competent Crew” certificate.  This is me on that first weekend:


In November 2011 I completed my “Day Skipper Theory” in Waterloo with Hamilton Sailing over seven evenings and a weekend.  This was my first introduction to chart work.  This is a chart:


In January 2012 I did my “Day Skipper Practical” in Malaysia with the Langkawi Sailing School.  This is me in Malaysia:


In late January 2012 I completed my “Coastal Yachtmaster Theory” with Nomad Sailing.  Here is a chart again:


In June 2012 I sailed the 1,500 nm from Horta in the Azores to Portsmouth UK with Ondeck:


After a few short weeks back at work, I flew to Bergen in Norway to do my “Coastal Skipper Practical” with Bute Sailing School:


Crewing for a yachtmaster prep week and exam in October 2012 kept things fresh, revealed how much I had forgotten, showed me what to expect in the yachtmaster exam and demonstrated the high standards of Elite Sailing:


In between the above trips I completed my STCW95 sea survival and first aid at sea in Hamble with the Hamble Sailing School and fire fighting and personal and social responsibilities at the Warsash Maritime Academy and then the VHF and diesel engine courses with Elite Sailing again.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Phil,

    I every day read with hug interest your news about your YM-Adventure with TONIC, the passage to Franc was tuff and remember my to the passage I mad 2007 von Kinsale, Ireland, to Scilly Isles with wind force up to 59 kn and Atlantic swell as well, but I learned a lot on this Passage
    Know I’m spending one week on RONIK, our Sun Odyssey 52.2 based in Andora, Liguria Coast, temperature around 25-28 degrees Celsius, wind force 12-20 kn, most thermic breeze, a nice easy sailing
    Best wishes to the TONIC Crew

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