You have just acquired a new boat or want to be a little more adventurous with your own boat and crew, but need some confidence and experience before tackling longer passages on your own. You can join Holy Grounder as part of a flotilla on any of the long SailCork cruises or Milebuilders (such as Isles of Scilly, Wild Atlantic Way or Cork & Kerry Cruise). With Eddie English as fleet commodore, you will be guided in boat and cruise preparation as well as passage planning. A SailCork expert will visit your boat to go through your safety equipment in advance giving you helpful guidance and advice. You will attend a daily skippers briefing with the pilotage and navigation challenges for that day. On passage, advice and encouragement is only a VHF call away and usually the yachts sail within sight of each other. Of course there are to obligitory social runs ashore where tales of navigation and sailing adventure get longer as the evenings go on later.
|Boat||Your own boat|
|Length of Course||Any thing from a weekend to a full week.|
|Objective||Gain confidence and experience as a skipper of your own boat under the watchful eye and guidance of Eddie English.|
|Location||Choice of Cork & Kerry Coast, Isles of Scilly or Wild Atlantic Way.|
|Equipment Included||Useful pre-cruise preparation checklists for safety equipment, essential supplies and food.|
|What to bring||Your own boat and equipment.|
|Meals||On board your own boat, with some meals ashore 'dining with the fleet'.|
Elements of Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore depending on the nature of the cruise and your needs.
|Pre Course||Have your boat fully prepared and ready for the cruise. A SailCork expert can visit your boat to advise if required.|
|Pre Course Advice||Attend the pre-cruise Passage Planning and Pilotage course.|
We are in the process of buying a yacht so we, as a family, decided to do the right thing and take lessons on how to sail it correctly. We are all novices in the sailing department so five of us went out today with Peter Scallan and we had a great day. He asked us up front what we wanted from the day and at this stage I feel we have been given a good base to build from when we decide to take further tuition. Peter is a great instructor and seems to have an intuitive feel for what each person is capable of and adapts accordingly. On top of that he's just a really nice guy and we got on very well with him. The family were discussing the day over a few pints (as you do), and I think we all agreed we left the berth in the morning as a family, but we returned the boat in the evening as a crew and that was all down to the tuition from Peter. In addition to all the sailing, we anchored up and had a delicious lunch cooked from scratch by Jo and as the main cook and bottle washer in my own house I have to say bravo chef. I highly recommend the professional but relaxed setup at Sailcork.