This was an amazing experience , whether you have previous experience of sailing yachts or like me just done some dingy sailing. Marcus was a superb instructor keeping calm despite losing the odd sailbag , sailing ties , battons, winch handle etc over the side while we were learning how to change sails etc. Over the campaign we clocked up over 600miles of sailing crossing the channel 4 times and experiencing all weathers, in the practice races., The 605 miles of the Fastnet had even bigger waves than we were used to , at all time felt safe though there were moments when it was pretty wet , tough in places and occasionally cold but always fun – Marcus puts together an excellent crew and in offering the day skipper qualification within 6 months went from beginner to reasonably competent, one has to experience the Irish sea in 30 plus knots of wind in the dark heading into the wind to test ones enjoyment of sailing, while confident that you are in safe hands but getting involved in sailing the boat as quickly as possible.
Since finishing the race I have been asked many times would I do it again, the answer is a definite yes, but need to do some more practicing sailing first, it has certainly encouraged me to do more sailing,
best tip on signing up invest in good sailing kit –
I think it is unlikely that you will fine a better captain, who will spend time teaching you and who wants the crew to enjoy themselves but be competitive at all times, a great experience and worth the money.
Thank you Marcus and the rest of the Crew for making it an unforgettable experience