We are pleased to announce we have been awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ from Tripadivsor
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– Remember we are also an RYA sea school too!
We are pleased to announce we have been awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ from Tripadivsor
– Remember we are also an RYA sea school too!
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Welcome to our May 2018 Newsletter
In this May edition of our newsletter, we bring you news about Devon Sailing Experiences becoming a recognised RYA Sea School, sailing opportunities for 2018, our new sailing schedule and links to our social media pages to help you keep up-to-date with our latest events. We have also included information about DSE and the new GDPR.
Devon Sailing Experiences is now a recognised RYA Sailing School
We are pleased to announce that DSE has expanded its offering to become a recognised RYA Sailing School. After a thorough inspection by the RYA, we have been certified to offer official RYA training courses, providing an ideal opportunity for guests who have enjoyed their sailing experience to take their new interest one step further.
Nick Rich continues to be the Director of DSE, and has taken on the additional role of Principal. Tim Sunderland, formerly of Brixham Sea School, becomes our Chief Instructor. Mick Chantler, who many of our skippered charter guests have already met, is also a qualified instructor and will run some of our training courses. He will continue to skipper on our day, weekend and exclusive sailing experiences.
We are pleased to say that Gail Wright, Mike Eggins, Trevor Kirkin and Neil Murray will continue to skipper our sailing experiences which are growing in popularity; they provide a less formal introduction to sailing as part of your holiday or mini-break in Devon. Katie Rich will still be dealing with your bookings and enquiries.
Our high-quality yachts will continue to be unbranded (ie, no logos pointing out that you, our guests, are aboard a training or holiday vessel).
This is an exciting opportunity for us, and we hope that this extra offering will be of interest to our past guests as well as guests we are yet to meet.
What is happening in 2018?
Listed below are all the opportunities on offer for 2018 with links to our information pages. With our new and improved online booking and payment system, booking your experience or course has just got easier. Don’t forget – we can always add dates if you can’t find one that is suitable.
Our sailing experiences are ideal for all levels of sailor, from beginner to seasoned. They offer an informal opportunity to get out on the water and experience hands-on sailing without any pressure or time commitments. All our sailing experiences are skippered by a yacht-master offshore, commercially-endorsed skipper.
Our scheduled 7-day sail to the Isles of Scilly is now fully-booked, however, we are happy to schedule another date on demand. If this is of interest to you, just get in touch and we will discuss availability.
RYA Training Courses
Our RYA training courses offer officially recognised qualifications are run by fully-qualified Instructors. There are minimum requirements for some of the training courses, so please refer to the details listed on our website.
RYA Shorebased courses will be available at a later this year.
We we are almost completely booked out for our bareboat charters this year. However, we do currently have limited availability in May, June and August. Do get in touch if you would like to book – we sometimes have cancellations so we will do our best to help you where we can.
Our Sailing Schedule
You will find all our current sailing opportunities listed in our sailing schedule.
We are always adding dates throughout the summer, so don’t forget to check it regularly. Notifications of new dates are announced on our Facebook page and in our Twitter account. As always, if you can’t see a suitable date, just get in touch and we will do our very best to help you.
We’ve just added the late May Bank Holiday weekend to our schedule (26th, 27th and 28th May) and to celebrate we will be including wine with lunch on our day sailing experiences. Book now while places are available.
We can’t wait for you to start sharing your photos of your 2018 yacht charter with Devon Sailing Experiences. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to hear about our latest news and events, and please continue to tag us in your own photos. (Don’t forget to add #DevonSailingExperiences to any of the photos you share on Instagram, too.)
DSE and The New General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
As part of our customer service and to enable us to effectively deal with your enquiries, we need to hold some information about you on our customer database. This is information that you have given to us.
If you wish to be removed from our customer database, you may email us (email@example.com) at any time. You may also reply to this email and type UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject box. If you do this, we will remove any information we currently hold about you from our database.
Please be aware that if we delete your name and contact details, you may not be able to claim our returning customers discount (where applicable) and will no longer receive our newsletters. So, if you want to continue to hear about our exciting sailing opportunities, look out for and respond to that confirmation email.
Here’s to an exciting sailing season in 2018. We are all looking forward to welcoming you to Devon soon.
Nick, Katie and the Devon Sailing Experiences team.
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After avoiding it for so long, we have recently been persuaded that Instagram is the way to go for Devon Sailing Experiences. Here are our reasons.
Share your sailing photos in an instant.
As I am sure you already know, sailing in Devon gives immediate access to stunning backdrops for your sailing adventure. Coupled with our high quality yachts, you will have the perfect setting for your photos. If you are looking to share your fun and excitement with your friends and loved ones, Instagram allows you to share your beautiful yacht charter snaps immediately. Don’t forget to tag us (devonsail) in photos you take during your charter and add #devonsailingexperiences to your post!
Share your photos with more people
Tag us in your photos and we get an immediate notification, allowing us to comment and share with our followers. At Devon Sailing Experiences, we love to hear how your charter is going in real time, so it is a great way for us to see for ourselves. (The downside is that I know I will feel envious because you are out on the water and I am not, but I will just have to suffer that pain! )
A visual reminder of your wonderful sailing holiday
A picture speaks a thousand words. Not only can you keep in touch with your family and friends whilst you are out on the water, sharing your photos via Instagram can work as a reminder of the fabulous time you once had out on the water when the time has passed – a bit like a good, old-fashioned photo album but with immediate access anytime and anywhere. Again, don’t forget to tag us (devonsail) and use #devonsailingexperiences.
What is there not to like about filters to improve your photos, making you and your yacht (and our skippers!) look even more beautiful than they already are?
It is free to download.
So, what are you waiting for? Download the app and get snapping. And don’t forget to follow us (devonsail) and tag your photos with #devonsailingexperiences whilst you are out with us!
Ever thought of the possibilities when you exclusively charter one of our yachts?
Imagine a sunset cruise with Champagne & canapés in a sheltered cove such as Cawsand or Cellar Bay. Perhaps a longer exclusive charter could take you to a BBQ on the beach in Salcombe or a nearby secluded anchorage. Why not sample a glass of Salcombe Gin whilst moored off the foreshore?
With an exclusive charter, the possibilities are endless. Devon Sailing Experiences has the flexibility to offer timings to suit you and your guests, providing you with a personalised sailing experience for a maximum of 6 guests.
Get in touch to discuss your bespoke sailing options.
Introducing our new Chief Instructor – Tim Sunderland.
As you are probably aware, we have now launched our RYA training courses to begin in September 2018. Tim, former part-owner of the successful Brixham Sea School, will become our Chief Instructor. Here, he gives us a bit of background about what drives him as a yachtsman.
When did you first get the sailing bug?
I first got the bug many years ago when a friend, who used to sail 1m class model yachts, asked me if I fancied a weekend racing a 40ft yacht from Falmouth to Plymouth with the rest of the Club. How could I resist? After the first weekend, I was hooked, although it took a while to get more time on the water than twice a year. I no longer race, but if two boats of the same length are heading the same direction….?
What is your finest sailing memory?
Running out of the Thames estuary in the winter with a clear night and a very fresh breeze off the starboard quarter then passing the madness of Dover heading towards Brixham on a delivery. So many stars to look at and interesting tidal gates to get through – a great trip with good friends and great food.
What is your favourite sailing destination on the south-west coast?
Anywhere from Brixham to Mousehole really. I love the variety of ports along this section of some of Britain’s most stunning coastline – from small ports to the busy Fishing centres of Brixham, Plymouth or Newlyn.
What is your ‘go-to’ sailing meal when you are on the go?
It has to be, a good homemade – from scratch, no jars – Lasagne. Even on a 2-burner and a dodgy oven type cooker that is fitted to most yachts, it is a welcome meal that you can go back to when you’re peckish
Force 3 or Force 5?
A bit like the others, love a F5 off the rear quarter for the speed of getting somewhere. But then again, you can’t beat a good windward sail in a F4 to get the adrenaline going.
If, like many people, your New Year’s resolution for 2018 was to ‘try something new’, ‘have an adventure’, ‘take more exercise’, ‘get closer to nature’ or ‘relax and enjoy life’, west-country based Devon Sailing Experiences has the perfect opportunity for you.
Try something new
Our day sails offer the perfect introduction to sailing for all abilities, so if you have already booked your west-country based holiday for 2018, why not use it as the perfect opportunity to travel to Plymouth for a day out on the water?
Have an adventure
Not only do our sailing experience packages offer the chance to learn a new skill, the discoveries you make under sail are priceless. Whether you find a secluded anchorage that cannot be accessed by road, helm a yacht for the first time or visit a beautiful Cornish or Devonian fishing town, the opportunities for adventure are endless.
Take more exercise
Taking part in one of our sailing experiences offers exercise without even realising. Sailing requires core-stability muscles, so even if you are just standing in the cockpit trying to keep your balance, you will be exercising those muscles (as well as enjoying the view, breathing fresh air and learning a new skill).
Get closer to nature.
Travelling under sail powered by just the wind is as good as it gets. With the beautiful west country coastline always in view and a mackerel line hanging off the back of the yacht, there is nothing more natural than the opportunity to catch and cook your own lunch. If you are particularly lucky, you may spot the pod of dolphins that frequent the area.
Relax and enjoy life
It may take longer to reach your final destination under sail, but as we all know, life is about enjoying that journey. There really is something about the smell and feel of that sea air that makes you breathe more slowly and smile more. If to ‘relax and enjoy life’ was your New Year’s resolution, our weekend sailing experiences to Salcombe or Fowey might be just what you are looking for.
A sailing holiday in Devon prompted Nick Rich to set up Devon Sailing Experiences in 2014. He is in the hot-seat this week in the final post of our ‘Meet our Skippers’ series.