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Old 23-08-2015, 19:12   #1
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Any Experiences with Jolly Parrot sailing school in Gibraltar?


I'm thinking of taking some courses with Jolly Parrot.

Jolly Parrot Sailing - Gibraltar : Jolly Parrot Sailing

Any one have any experiences with these folks?

Google turned up Nada when looking for reviews.


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Old 01-10-2015, 07:57   #2
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Re: Any Experiences with Jolly Parrot sailing school in Gibraltar?

I haven't sailed with them, but I did see them quite a bit during a 7 week course with Allabroad (avoid them!). Their boats looked nice and their students seemed happy. No idea beyond that. Gibraltar was a pretty cool place to learn to sail - lots of traffic, good wind, and pretty much guaranteed dolphins.

If I had to do it over again, I'd try Faro Sailing school in Portugal: Faro Sailing School - Home Peter Lightfoot was my examiner for the yachtmaster exam and was very thorough/competent but also clearly a good guy as well who I think would make a great instructor. Made me wish I had learned with him from the beginning.

There was also a Tarifa sailing school I saw which had students on Salona 'racing' style boats - made me a bit jealous compared to our Bavarias. To be honest though - its really all about the instructor and not the boat.

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Re: Any Experiences with Jolly Parrot sailing school in Gibraltar?

I sailed with JollyParrot a long time ago, I was just browsing the web to see how they were getting on, when I saw this review, Unanswered.

I have to say that I booked a course in Gib and it was the start of my sailing exploits! Even though I have sailed many times, become a Yachtmaster and even done the fastnet race years after the course, I still wouldn't mind a week on board with these guys, Clive is the best teacher I have come across.

10 out of 10 from me.
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Re: Any Experiences with Jolly Parrot sailing school in Gibraltar?

I sailed with them recently. (September 2016)

I enjoyed my time with the rest of the crew but the experience overall was wierd and I wouldn't choose them again.

The boat was small and had too many crew members for our course which made it difficult for us to all get enough time to learn different procedures and some things I never had the chance to do.

Our instructor was lovely if not a bit random but tbh I would very much enjoy sailing with him again. The owners of Jolly Parrot, however were wierd. They creeped me out and didn't make me feel welcome to join them for a drink which seemed to be all they did. Furthermore, one of the other members of my crew came back later saying the owner had propositioned her for sex, I'm pretty sure there was some miscommunication as her english wasn't perfect, but either way she said he was very handsy and freaked her out.

We did not get a chance to go all the places we wanted to as we had to come back a day early for a photoshoot for the company which was unorganised and mainly had us sailing around in circles trying to work out what was going on.

They claimed to be flexible with dietary requirements and then when i told them I was a vegan said that they couldn't accommodate something like that and didn't offer me a refund on food budget to go and by my own food. They then purchased me normal veggie food such as quiche and cheese which wouldn't want to eat . They did also buy me extra salad which was nice and make a good veggie Bean Chilli for the night sailing voyage.

In summary, a week sailing in a nice place is never going to be awful so there was a lot of nice parts but overall the experience was not great and I'd go with someone else.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, samjam, and raesmith.
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Re: Any Experiences with Jolly Parrot sailing school in Gibraltar?

Maybe not so relevant now, as it's a post from last year, but I notice there is a recent post about Jolly Parrot Sailing school so thought I'd give my opinion...

I had no sailing knowledge/experience before I learnt with them and as a middle aged women going out to Gibraltar on my own with a bunch of people I had never met, I was understandably nervous. I needn't have been worried - they were utterly brilliant and Clive, the owner, put me at ease as soon as I arrived.

I've sailed with them many times and cannot fault them. Clive is the best instructor I have come across. In saying that, all the instructors I have experienced at Jolly Parrot are brilliant.

I have done my Comp Crew and Day Skipper as well as other courses to boost my confidence. They have a relaxed, fun way of teaching which really put me at ease. I have tried a couple of other sailing schools in the Solent - one of which was awful and I was in tears most of the time because the instructor shouted at me and made me feel stupid!

I cannot recommend them highly enough. I'm looking forward to doing my next sailing qualification with them.

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