Generally, enthusiastic sailors, keen to learn, usually looking to take their experience and skills to the next level. Easy going people who enjoy a good time, usually mid 20's to mid 60's bracket whose main focus is on the planning and sailing but who enjoy a few beers at the end of the day. I'm very happy to take beginners on many routes, but most of clients tend to have some sailing experience - time on family or friends' yachts, or certificates like the RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper, even Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore.
are looking for practice and reinforcement, to gain the confidence to
charter or purchase their first yacht, or to gain qualifying passages or
time as Skipper, towards their next qualification. Everyone is
introduced to one another via Facebook and/or WhatsApp groups beforehand
and we work everything out between us, such as the cabin allocations,
dietary preferences and what people want out of the week. All are
invited to help to plan the route and the stops they might like to make
along the way, based on the conditions of course.
The Skipper is ultimately in charge, but is happy to sit back and let individuals or groups plan and tackle sections of the trip, only stepping in if there's something awry. You're never put under pressure to do something, unless you say you want to be pushed - just let your Skipper know. How do I join?
Professional Skippers & Event Organisers : I offer you the opportunity to charter a yacht alongside mine, on an existing Jolly event and bring your own guests. I do not 'employ' you, but you can take the yacht and bring your own people.
Qualified (eg RYA Day /
Coastal / Yachtmaster Offshore) and experienced Skippers - Are you looking to charter for first time, or
want to Skipper but don't have crew? Once you have completed at least one week on Rich's boat or with another established Skipper, and proven yourself, you may ask to Skipper a Jolly boat on our event. Bring your family and friends, knowing
that at least one other lead or supporting yacht with a known, established, or Professional Yachtmaster Offshore or Coastal Skipper
is on hand throughout the trip. Guidance will be given on destinations, weather, anchorages and harbours.
Alternatively I can help
you fill your yacht with experienced Sailing Jollies guests, who will be
happy to for a charter party, to help and support you without being intrusive, allowing you to
run the show and be skipper in a friendly atmosphere.
How are the weather conditions generally?
There's usually more than one way to do something
effectively, so two different methods may work equally well, without one
being necessarily better than the other.
Some skippers like and dislike certain practices, so as a crew member you should take note, ask before doing something and adapt your knowledge to fit with the yacht and skipper for each particular trip, in order to stay in their good books!
Strong testimonials and a high percentage of repeat bookings speak volumes about the popularity of Sailing Jollies and I believe I am the only one going to such lengths to create a trip that is so personally tailored to whatever each individual guest wants to get from it. You will be sure to meet like minded, enthusiastic, genuine, fun people, generally all of who are up for learning and developing their sailing skills and experience as much as possible, and no doubt finish the week with a sense of achievement, great memories and having made new friends for life.
"I had an insanely good time sailing with you and felt so safe with the boat in your extremely capable hands. You have a natural talent on the water, and it was fun to watch you work and teach others. I was amazed at how well you dealt with the myriad demands put on you by organizing and managing a trip of such scope, safely moving six boats and about 30 people over such distances while simultaneously managing differences in personalities and expectations." - Courtney M, USA
"Hey, thanks again for letting me join your trip for the last two weeks. I had an insanely good time sailing with you and felt so safe with the boat in your extremely capable hands. You have a natural talent on the water, and it was fun to watch you work and teach others. I was amazed at how well you dealt with the myriad demands put on you by organizing and managing a trip of such scope, safely moving six boats and about 30 people over such distances while simultaneously managing differences in personalities and expectations, handling conflicts in a professional manner, and creating an environment that encouraged teamwork and socialization. Well done, Rich. I hope we get to sail again together someday!" - CM, Texas, USA
Biby ( Amicale du 17 ) (Group of 17 Swiss guys, 2 yachts, Croatia)
As skipper, you were responsible, and you made some judgement calls that I fully support. Indeed, your attitude pulled the crew together and I had total confidence in your competence the whole trip. I appreciated the way that you took account of everyone's needs and opinions and the time that you devoted to skill building. That is what I wanted.
I would be delighted to sail with you again" - MF, Milebuilder to France
"I had to write this, as i had the best Sailing holiday with Richard and my friends I have ever had ; I got on the boat feeling low as I had a really tough time at home before I left. But hours into the trip I felt better , and as time continued I felt truly happy. Maybe it was the warm Grecian sun, maybe the turquoise sea sparkling. It may have been the quaint Greek architecture in the ports. Everything was special. I felt very safe and in good hands. I know that I speak on behalf of everyone on the boat. A normal holiday now would be out of the question. So back next year for another adventure. Thank-you Richard." - LH, September 2015, Corfu
"Was a great week with loads of time for focused practicing and learning (as well as time for winding down in the evenings with a few drinks and local food :)).
Arrived with a long list of objectives and before the end of the week we had covered almost everything plus a lot more which was added as we went! Feel a lot more confident now about skippering with family and friends. First class instruction from Richard delivered calmly and patiently as always. Thanks again."- Chris B, one-to-one short handed training week, Greece - Chris has since gone on to charter a bareboat in Croatia for himself, friends and family and has recognised that the training given in that one to one week really enabled him to do that with confidence.
"The yachts are squeaky clean and in mint condition; like brand new. Clearly maintenance is very high and service excellence exceeded our expectations. We would definitely do the trip again, maybe several times if possible. We learned so much from all the crew and skippers, more than we ever dreamed we could. Thanks again Richard and all the team that make this possible, not forgetting Fanis and Christos of Omega sail." NP&SP, Namibia/S Africa
"We had a really good group of us, there was a great sense of humour around the boat and we all learned some sailing skills along the way" - Alex W, London
" I was able to see how much Rich involved the others. He was an excellent skipper, giving clear instructions, and at all times (especially during those choppy and rather scary waves) made me, and everyone else, feel safe." - Nicola B, London
"Richard's manner of skippering was first class. When the serious business needed to be done; it was made clear and precise, and when the business had been done, that was the time to have a bit of fun, and hey, we did! " - Matt U, Essex -