Practical Tuition - Sail & Power

Duncan is an Ocean Yacht Master (power and sail) serving many years as a RYA Yacht Master Instructor.

Over the past 40 years he has owned a wide range of sailing yachts, motor cruisers and a catamaran. A wide experience has been gained on North and South Atlantic crossings, North Sea, Bay of Biscay, in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

Practical Training

To compliment our RYA shore based courses we offer a wide range of training for both cruising yachts and motor boats. We tailor the courses to the boat owners requirements. This may include:
  • A new purchasers introductory course
  • An intermediary berthing and boat handling course
  • Advanced sail trim, passage making and night passages, using radar and AIS
  • Preparation for RYA Yacht Master Coastal or Offshore practical exam
  • RYA ocean YM qualifying passage including celestial navigation
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Recognised Qualifications

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We are an approved RYA Test Centre for the International Certificate of Competence.

This is particularly useful for skippers planning cross channel and other overseas cruising with their own boat or a charter boat.

It is often a requirement for some European countries and widely required as proof of competence by Insurers.

For experienced Sailors a refresher and test may only take a day. Typical cost £125

For less experienced and those with no training, a minimum of two days are required. Starting at £199

Those wishing to cover overseas Inland waterways will need to add to the ICC with a CEVNI endorsement. This is a RYA home study course and test. We offer this for £49. For those requiring a classroom course at Waterfront, the cost is £99


I first met Duncan(Waterfront Sailing) in 2014when I signed up for Day Skipper theory and practical. I found Duncan to be an excellent tutor, patiently ensuring I fully understood what he was teaching. I enjoyed the courses so much I went on to complete Yacht Master theory and practical courses at Waterfront. 
Stevie Owen - Legend 36 yacht
Duncan learn't me to sail from being a complete novice. I have completed all my theory and practical training at Waterfront. I am now using Duncan to do some preparation tuition before my RYA Yacht Master competency test, scheduled for Oct 2019.
After buying my first yacht in 2017, Duncan sailed with me to the Scillies and later to the Channel Islands. 
Peter Stephenson - Deseo, Halberg Rassy 35
I took Day Skipper and YM theory courses with Duncan. I then completed YM practical with a trip up the Solent. 
I have recently benefited from completing a 140 nm. Night passage--Dartmouth to Brighton with Duncan
Charlie Steel - Keeba, Neptunian 33 yacht.. 
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Tel: +44 (0) 7775 904122
Tel: +44 (0) 1273 818154

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