Originally Posted by zmountainman
I took the course about 9 years ago and it was well done. The downside was no wind
for our actual live sailing portion.
Yes, it is the tail end of the dry season, so you won't be sailing, just motoring. If you're lucky, you'll get a thunder storm but then too much wind to sail with! Really if you want to learn to sail, the UK is the best for RYA qualification, but not zero to hero. (imho)
And if you want to learn about cruising, go to Phuket Yacht Haven Marina at lunch time or 5pm happy hour. You'll meet lots of people and doubtless get offered advice and maybe a ride. You could also try Ao Chalong Yacht Club on a Sunday - lunchtime might be best, before they've had too many beers! Sign up for their race
programme. Free sea time with people that use the white flappy things.
I think June time is the Phuket Race
Week, excellent fun and great sailing. Great for contacts and real sailing in the start of the wet season.
And you'll be heading to Langkawi to buy the boat. Lots around, but look slowly and talk to lots of people. No need to hurry. You can get a lot of sea miles in before committing. The previous owner is often an important factor! Best way to find a boat and meet people there is to walk the docks at RLYC and Telaga Marinas
. Don't always believe the talk from the guy sat at the bar.
Good luck. Andy
(I used to work as a Yacht master Instructor in Phuket, and have now been cruising for 14 years. You can PM me if you want specific contacts.)