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.