Good to have someone on board from Singapore
My wife and I just moved back to Australia
after living in Singapore
for some years. We looked extensively at sail training while in Singapore so I hope the following info helps:
The only internationally
recognised sail training available in the area is RYA (Royal Yachting Association). Some clubs offer other courses but they are not recognised anywhere outside Singapore, and having done one I can say it was not vey good in content or delivery
(I won't say which one on an open thread but if you PM me I'll give you the details). If you are a Singapore National you'll have access to the armed forces club - sorry don't have any insight on that option but from what I heard they are not too bad, but once again, courses are not recognised.
The new marina at Keppel Bay have just started offering RYA courses but they charge big $$$. Plus they were run at times that made it difficult to fit in with work - 6PM start on a weekday, which in S'pore is still business hours. Nice shiny new Jenneaus though.
After our bad initial experience and a lot of research
, we identified two options - either the RYA Sunsail school
at Phuket, or Chardonnay Coast RYA school
in Bunbury, Western Australia
. We chose the latter because of some good airfares and better wind
at the time of year. Had a fantastic time, great boats, fantastic sailing weather
and really nice people (we still keep contact with our trainer and one of our fellow students). Only downside is you have to take a week off work. See Learn to Sail with Chardonnay Coast Sailing - South West Yacht Charters, Busselton and Bunbury Western Australia
The good thing about sailing in Singapore is you learn to be quite brave among all those super tankers, especially in a J24. The bad thing is the wind
doesn't get much over 6 knots for most of the year unless you head
riiiight out past Jurong island.....and watch out for those "friendly" Indonesian water police...
Hope this helps lah.