Great feedback for our young local crew that have come through the training programme and of course a not so young Taff Pearce
“Many Thanks for the sailing experience last week with Joel and the rest of the FAM group.
I felt very safe being in the hands of Lincoln and Simon and would like to extend my thanks to them for making the sailing experience even more memorable and enjoyable. They are a real credit to On Deck! ”
“Sailing with Taff was definitely an education and not just about sailing – fascinating bloke. Really appreciate the work you and the rest of On Deck put in, it’s a great product in a perfect location and of course the articles will say so! Simon will get a good write up too – he’s going to be an outstanding skipper one day.
Hope to see you again soon, maybe even for Race Week! ”
Ian H. Journalist
PS Accolade is not a rum and ting!
Due to a drop out we have a place available on a beautiful and very fast Grand Soleil 43 “Quokka” on the ARC from Gran Canaria. Meet 18th-20th Nov race start 24th Nov. ETA St Lucia 8th-14th Dec. Depart yacht by 16th Dec
Its not cheap but hey its a bucket list thing and Quokka will be Antigua’s entry in the Caribbean 600 skippered by Bernie Wong this year so a great yacht
We had three early season wins for Mike Horn, Mathieu Bre and Iain McConnachie who all successfully passed their Yachtmaster Offshore exams. Mike and Mathieu had sailed in their aluminium exploration yacht, Pangaea and livened up the harbour with some of the ‘Boys Own’ exploration stories and a few beers. For those that haven’ t heard of Mike’s exploits have a look at http://www.mikehorn.com/en/mike-horn/who-is-mike-horn/ as it defies any description I could give.
Plenty of courses coming up for those that are interested
We have a lovely lady who is 60 and wants to do her 5 day RYA Competent Crew course for novices on 3rd Feb 2013. So if you would like to join , are feeling active but dont want to be surrounded by teenagers then this is the course for you. Its just US $920 for 5 days, living on board with 2 meals per day and plenty of time to enjoy our beautiful island
This was the week to get our existing and prospective crew out to blow off the cobwebs and learn some new sailing skills in preparation for the coming season. All of the crew get to at least RYA Day Skipper and we are proud of our track record of training young Antiguan men and women through to be professional skippers opening up many opportunities within Ondeck , other operators and the international yacht industry
September is usually a quiet month for Ondeck Sailing in Antigua and gives us a chance for us to catch up on paperwork and old friends but this one doesn’t appear to be working out that way.
We have just completed a Yachtmaster Offshore Course (congratulations to Roger on passing) and are in the middle of a very busy STCW 95 Basic Training Course.
Also, because its a quiet time for visitors, many of the captains and crew that work on commercial vessels in Antigua and Barbuda are taking advantage of the downtime to acquire their Boatmaster qualifications that are becoming a requirement by the year end.
Finally, a further bit of good news in that we were successful with our annual RYA Official Inspection and have renewed our Training Centre license for the delivery of Powerboat and Sail Training courses from RYA Start Yachting Course for novices to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and lots in-between. Details of all our courses are on our website.