Woolverstone Marina, on the River Orwell, Suffolk
Thanks very much for the update. As you will no doubt have realised, the week surpassed my expectations and I came away from it with a huge amount of confidence and many new skills. Vernon is an excellent instructor (but you already know that) and his ability to keep the conversation going as well as a sense of humour and an inexhaustible supply of anecdotes made the whole event very special.
Tim (Coastal Skipper April 2018)
Just to let you know that I had an excellent time last weekend, Tom was excellent, the only downside was the lack of wind, preventing us from actually doing much sailing, but I guess it’s a good excuse to do another weekend!
Danny (ICC Weekend - March 2018)
Hi Mark and Tom,
Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our introduction to sailing course last week - you were amazingly calm the entire time - even when that boat was heading towards us and we were packing the sail away as Cecily steered! We are all really looking forward to our holiday even more now and will send you a photo of us all - in Shearwater t-shirts of course!
Hope you are surviving in this wet weather! We are v bored and would rather be sailing!
Jude (Start Yachting - April 2018)
I just wanted to pop you an email as a follow up to the trip we did last week. I’d like to say how great Vernon was and how good I found the whole trip. It’s given me a massive confidence boost not only with the sailing aspect, which is what I really wanted out of the course, but also it’s opened my eyes to how open and inviting the yachting community really is. Vernon had a lot of information to give which superseded the syllabus, was always there to answer a question and constantly challenged us all to think on our toes.
An overall great experience and I’ll certainly be in touch for any further courses.
All the best
Matt (Competent Crew April 2018)
I should like to thank you very much for your ICC course this month (April 2018). As a latecomer to owning my own sailboat, and quite "long in the tooth" now (I think this means an "old geezer") I found your course rejuvenated me considerably. I learned such a lot in such a short time. Your patience and your considerable teaching and sailing skills sent me away with big "springs in my steps". That is a great achievement for me given that my wife complains about me grunting and groaning as I get up out of chairs. Clearly, you should have an honorary degree in physiotherapy and psychotherapy. Joking apart, you provided a thoroughly stimulating learning environment for the ICC course. And the same applies to the beautiful countryside and waterside at Woolverstone Marina.
Jim (ICC April 2018).
Thanks very much for a great coastal skipper course. I learned a lot; the environment in which to learn that you both created was excellent. On top of that your messages were consistent and succinctly put across with a great deal of patience too. Shanti is a great boat so all in all I could not have asked for more.
We chatted about my next step towards Yachtmaster Coastal which would be to do the prep course your are running on which I would like to book onto.
Jonathan (Coastal Skipper to London and return May 2018)
I've just posted off my RYA feedback form which reflects how much I enjoyed the course. I'm also recommending you to my brother-in-law. He lives in France, has just retired and is keen to do a Day Skipper course.
Once again thanks to you and Tom for a very enjoyable course. It ticked all the boxes!
James (Day Skipper May 2018)
Having just completed the Day Skipper practical course, I would just like to once again say a big thank you to both the school and especially Tom for the excellent tuition. His training style is excellent, keeping everyone involved and interested, installing confidence in all of the “students”. Will definitely be back for more courses and other events.
Regards Tony (Day Skipper May 2018)
Dear Mark & Tom
Many thanks once again for a great weeks sailing and great company too.I look forward to seeing you both in the not too distant future.
Very best regards
David (Day Skipper July 2018)
Hi Mark and Tom
The trip was outstanding in all areas. I could not fault a single thing and will not hesitate to return when the time is right.
Although I will be sailing my own boat from St Katharine Docks to Levington and back soon with my friend Graham who is a yachtmaster instructor, I have gained a lot of confidence on your course and do think I could do the trip even without Graham if the conditions were fair.
Tom did exceptionally well in skippering the trip. Given Tom's experience and ability, which cannot be questioned, he was also able to keep everybody on board entertained for the six days, which I know from my tour guiding experience is not easy, especially when everyone is occupying such a small space. There were plenty of entertaining stories too, not least holding tank disaster somewhere in the med!
I will happily recommend Shearwater Sailing School to others and hope to return very soon.
Martin (Day Skipper to London and return, June 2018)