20th November 2017
It has been a month of sailing to remember for Turn to Starboard, with several of its participants achieving Royal Yachtmaster Sailing (RYA) qualifications.
Beginners John S and Bruce K were both awarded Competent Crew certificates, enabling them to be active crew members and steer a boat, handle sails, keep a lookout and assist in all the day-to-day duties on board.
Experienced sailors Adrian M and Rich B had cause to celebrate after passing their Yachtmaster Practical Course. The exam assesses boat handling and skippering skills including navigation, sailing ability, seamanship, safety awareness and knowledge of signals and meteorology. Meanwhile, Steve P, Erik C, Clive H, Ross B, Philippa C and Callum M successfully passed an advanced Yachtmaster Theory Course consisting of advanced navigation, meteorology and seamanship skills.
These achievements follow Rob S and Toby F’s successful completion of RYA Cruising Instructor, a course for experienced RYA Yachtmaster Offshore skippers to gain the skills required to instruct practical courses up to the level of RYA Day Skipper.
Turn to Starboard Operations Coordinator, Paul Miller, said: “Turn to Starboard’s aim is to help individuals readjust, learn new skills and gain qualifications that will help them find new careers in the marine industry. Many of the participants have not only overcome their own significant challenges yet shown huge determination to complete these intensive courses and set themselves on a more positive path for the future. A huge well done to all those who have taken part in all the events in the last month.”