I did my Coastal skipper
with has re-named itself Rock Sailing.
Peter was our instructor and although he had a lot to teach he was also a little distracted at times running the school. Never-the-less he was attentive and I learned much from him - I passed the really tough MCA practical exam so I cannot really complain.
Pete likes to stock up the boat with homemade frozen meals
. When he wasn't looking much of it went over the side and is probably still there (thawing out) as a hazard to navigation! You won't pass any cooking
exams under his teaching!!!
If you are just wanting to get a good start then consider booking a day skipper
course, theory and practical, with Neilsons in either Turkey
. Although they are better known for running flotila holidays their training really is first class and instructors don't last long if they don't deliver.
Check out their website and forum. Ski - Beach Club - Sailing - Lakes & Mountains | Neilson Activity Holidays
and post a few questions, you will get lots of honest replies.
You will also get a 10% discount off everything if you quote your RYA membership
Some months the instruction is free when you just book one of their boats. They will even put like minded singles together.
There is talk that they are going to do all year round training and advanced courses through the winter months out of Turkey
Personally, knowing what I know now, I would do the day skipper with Neilson out of Turkey where conditions can be demanding at times and do the Coastal Skipper out of Gib or the Solent depending time of year.
I would not learn to sail in many places in the Caribbean
such as the BVI's. Apart from learning
how not to hit a reef I cannot say that the area does much for me. But that is a personal thing.