First Class Sailing experiences and challenges

by Ceri Hurford-Jones

People share their sailing experiences; including becoming qualified RYA Day Skippers, Yachtmasters and Ocean Yachtmasters. Some talk about how they spent a challenging week on board a yacht in the Solent facing not only the challenge of strong winds but also the constant pressure to get the best out of themselves and the boat. Others talk about taking on the challenge of crossing oceans with whales and butterflies for company!... Read more
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  • Season 4

  • S04 E02 - Another First Class Sailing Yachtmaster candidate success

    S04 E02 - Another First Class Sailing Yachtmaster candidate success

    First Class Sailing help boat owner Mark Essex achieve his goal of getting his Yachmaster qualification. Hear he talks to FCS Ceri Hurford-Jones about how he found the course and the pressures of the exam and the challenging condi...

    Jul 02 2020
    Jul 02 2020
    14:17
  • S04 E01 - Senior Instructor Jamie Cozens talks us through the courses now available

    S04 E01 - Senior Instructor Jamie Cozens talks us through the courses now available

    Jamie steers the good ship First Class Sailing through the myriad of RYA approved courses available and the length of time you should allow to get the best out of the course at a pace that works for you.

    May 27 2020
    May 27 2020
    16:38
  • Season 3

  • S03 E06 - Following in mum's footsteps.........crossing the Atlantic for the first time...

    S03 E06 - Following in mum's footsteps.........crossing the Atlantic for the first time...

    Alex Eyre talks to First Class Sailing's podcaster Ceri Hurford-Jones about her sailing experiences to date and her plans for the future.At the age of 7 Alex discovered sailing, mucking around in old wooden wayfarers in the Devon ...

    May 22 2020
    May 22 2020
    21:33
  • S03 E05 - Introducing your day skipper and comp crew instructor

    S03 E05 - Introducing your day skipper and comp crew instructor

    First Class Sailing talk to Paul Pilsworth about the practical courses he runs for us and what to expect when you get on board for a weekend of week with him. Upon retirement Paul sailed across the Atlantic, before relocating to C...

    May 20 2020
    May 20 2020
    23:03
  • S03 E04 - 260 thousand miles and counting....Ricky Chalmers talks about his sailing career to date

    S03 E04 - 260 thousand miles and counting....Ricky Chalmers talks about his sailing career to date

    Ricky discovered the thrill of sailing relatively late in his life after booking a sailing holiday on a whim for his family. He then signed up for a Round-The-World yacht race, billed as the "Worlds Toughest Yacht Race" - the Glob...

    May 13 2020
    May 13 2020
    22:41
  • S03 E02 - Meet the RYA examiner part 1 - Nigel Rennie shares some insights into the RYA Yachtmaster scheme

    S03 E02 - Meet the RYA examiner part 1 - Nigel Rennie shares some insights into the RYA Yachtmaster scheme

    Nigel Rennie started sailing in 1984 whilst serving in the Army (REME). He qualified as a Yachtmaster Instructor in 1990 becoming an RYA Examiner a few years later. He’s skippered large sail training yachts worldwide, crossing mos...

    May 06 2020
    May 06 2020
    18:40
  • S03 E02 - Meet the RYA examiner part 2, Nigel Rennie gives First Class Sailing an insight into the world of the Ocean Yachtmaster

    S03 E02 - Meet the RYA examiner part 2, Nigel Rennie gives First Class Sailing an insight into the world of the Ocean Yachtmaster

    Nigel Rennie started sailing in 1984 whilst serving in the Army (REME). He qualified as a Yachtmaster Instructor in 1990 becoming an RYA Examiner a few years later. He’s skippered large sail training yachts worldwide, crossing mos...

    May 05 2020
    May 05 2020
    24:55
  • Season 2

  • S02 E03 - Taking your Day Skipper course on line

    S02 E03 - Taking your Day Skipper course on line

    Sue Speed talks to Ceri about remote learning and how First Class Sailing have really helped her to up skill her knowledge base via the on line portal with a live instructor. To find out more about zoom learning with First Class S...

    May 05 2020
    May 05 2020
    16:31
  • S02 E02 - My online Ocean Yachtmaster course was brilliant

    S02 E02 - My online Ocean Yachtmaster course was brilliant

    Kate Hattersley explains how an on line theory course she is taking really helped her to get the knowledge she needed for the next step on her sailing journey with First Class Sailing. To find out how to expand your sailing knowle...

    May 01 2020
    May 01 2020
    10:56
  • S02 E01 - Yachtmaster candidate......ready for the exam

    S02 E01 - Yachtmaster candidate......ready for the exam

    In this special 'live' edition Hugo talks to fellow candidate Ceri Hurford-Jones about his sailing experiences to date and his three days of yachtmaster prep as he gets ready to face the examiner. To talk to the First Class Sailin...

    Apr 06 2020
    Apr 06 2020
    06:45
  • Season 1

  • S01 E07 - Jamie Cozens from First Class Sailing talks about the different courses available

    S01 E07 - Jamie Cozens from First Class Sailing talks about the different courses available

    A superb range of courses are on offer from First Class Sailing....listen to find out more from their head instructor. To find out more just go to https://www.firstclasssailing.com/

    Mar 12 2020
    Mar 12 2020
    14:19