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Thank you Simon for an amazing day sailing the south Suffolk coast. It was the perfect way to celebrate our friend’s birthday and we would recommend this experience to everyone. As sailing novices it was great to be hands-on and learn new skills, knowing that we were in your capable hands. And the Suffolk Food Hall picnic lunch was the best we’ve eaten in a long time. I am sure we’ll be back!

Lucy, May 2019  

A Birthday Celebration Trip to Hamford Water

“Just a quick note to thank you for a wonderful day sail. I did so enjoy it and I thought the rest of the crew were lovely people.

I also thought you boat was ideal and just right for what you are aiming at. More than big enough. I will certainly like to join you again.”

Peter, Autumn 2018

‘A Wonderful Day Sail’

“Thanks for a fantastic week. We both really enjoyed it. It was so lovely for me to see A growing in confidence every day. Thank you for being a calm and supportive Skipper. I am already looking forward to the day skipper course.”

P & A RYA Competent Crew October 2018

“I just wanted to take 5 mins to thank for you one of the most enjoyable, relaxing, but also enlightening 5 days. You made the whole environment relaxed and easy for us all to learn in, which was in no small part down to your calm, knowledgeable and relaxed approach without ever letting us feeling we were not contributing. The boat was fantastic, and we have not stopped talking about our experience from the moment we left you standing in the cockpit of ‘Wings’ in Shotley Marina.

I will, without doubt, be signing up for the Day Skipper Theory and Practical with Suffolk Coastal Sailing in the spring. I could not recommend you highly enough.

Thanks for getting us hooked on sailing.”

K & L, RYA Competent Crew October 2018

Enjoyable, Relaxing & Enlightening

I wanted to say what a great time on the Day Skipper course. I learnt such a lot, had a first attempt at many more skills and have come away with much more confidence than I had. Keith was a superb instructor and patient. The boat was very comfortable and I enjoyed sailing her, particularly the no-hands helming!


A Successful Day Skipper

“Thank you very much indeed for such an excellent week – absolutely outstanding. Having only two students on the course was super from our perspective (though not for you) as it meant we had more opportunities to learn and also be tested.  Thank you too for your guidance and you experience which were so generously given.


Day Skipper Practical Feedback

“Thank you very much for running such an excellent course. It was really good shaking out some of the rust from past knowledge and I feel really inspired to do the Day Skipper course


Day Skipper Theory Feedback

“Did my RYA Coastal Skipper Practical. I was very impressed with the organisation. The boat was fantastic and the standard of instruction was really excellent. Simon has obviously been instructing for a long time and his easygoing and calm attitude really made a difference. We had a good mix of crew, from Day Skipper to Competent crew. I’ve been sailing for a number of years and this course really gave me a lot of insight into the practicalities of skippering. Sailing in the Thames Estuary gives you lots of opportunities to put into practical use the theory you worked so hard on. Great course, great boat and great instructor.


Coastal Skipper Feedback

‘We had a fantastic day when we went out for my 30th birthday. simon was wonderful company and an excellent teacher, and Wings is a great vessel to learn on. We’ll certainly be back!”

Ryan’s 30th Birthday Treat

“Hi Simon,

A belated thank you note for an excellent couple of days cruising last month. We did what we safely could in the conditions and the girls now know what daddy gets up to in his spare time! Kitty based her school project on the trip (see attached) and Lorraine is up for a gentle Med flotilla in the sunshine. I’m keen to get back up to Coastal Skipper standard and become a Yachtmaster in time.

Thanks too for the latest news letter. The seafood trip looks awesome – sadly I cannot join you this year.

All the best”


“Dear Simon and Keith,

Thank you so much for a terrific day. We were very lucky to sail on a beautiful yacht and with such an experienced skipper.  It was brilliant fun, and personally I absolutely loved learning the ropes (or the sheets!). I’m sure we’ll be in touch again for another sail with friends.  Take care.

All the best”

Louise, John and Helen