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Old 19-06-2018, 13:20   #1
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Learning to Sail - Greece vs. Gibraltar vs. Britain

I am a solo traveller looking to learn how to sail. I've decided on taking a Competent Crew Practical, a Day Skipper Theory course, and a Day Skipper practical. I am looking to take this courses in late August and early September.

Right now, I am looking at a variety of locations including the Ionian Sea based out of Greece, Gibraltar, or somewhere in Great Britain. Are there particular recommendations for which might be the best learning opportunity?

I think Greece would be really enjoyable but am a little worried about a lack of tidal experience.

From what I've seen, prices for this grouping of courses run anywhere from £1,500 to £2,100. Are these the sort of prices I should expect?

Thoughts? Suggestions or Recommendations?

Thanks so much!
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Old 19-07-2018, 06:53   #2
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Re: Learning to Sail - Greece vs. Gibraltar vs. Britain

I can not comment on Greece, I did a number of courses in the UK and Gibraltar. Some schools had been excellent others not so good and one was very poor.

I did my Coastal Skipper in Gibraltar and found the location was interesting and despite sailing in stormy conditions I did not find it as challenging as the UK. I did enjoy myself a lot.

But, I did find that I learnt so much more doing courses in the UK if you can try and do courses in as many different locations as possible rather than the same location as it will prepare you more when you are sailing/crewing on your own.
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Re: Learning to Sail - Greece vs. Gibraltar vs. Britain

Hi,
Having sailed in greece quite a bit, I can only recommend it if you are looking for holidays (but maybe not that much in August). However, the conditions you will find there are not really challenging, particularly in the Ionian, where winds are failry light most of the time (and even more so in summer). Having experience in planning for tides is, in my view, important.

Hope you enjoy it.
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Re: Learning to Sail - Greece vs. Gibraltar vs. Britain

I’d recommend the UK
Be sure to get the “Tidal”
endorsement. Great knowledge
to have and be able to use.
Also get your ICC
Shearwater Sailing was great
when i did my courses
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Re: Learning to Sail - Greece vs. Gibraltar vs. Britain

If it were me, I'd take them in the UK. The conditions are challenging, and you'll learn more and possibly better.

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I can highly recommend boss sailing school in Hamble. They do a two week day skipper from scratch course, and everything else too.
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