All Testimonials

Cpmpetent Crew course

Friendly welcome. All staff helpful. Relaxed atmosphere. Instructors gave clear explanations of safety equipment and how to perform tasks expected of crew. Very tolerant of mistakes made. Encouraged us to be more independent as the week went by to help build our confidence. Berthed in a number of different marinas each presenting different issues to consider when berthing. The whole experience was most enjoyable and I feel able to crew for other skippers. Excellent value.

Competent Crew 5 Day Practical

The boat and equipment was in good order. We learnt a huge amount in a friendly and fun environment. I wouldn’t hesitate to use HPYC for training or charters in the future.

I enjoyed the course with Martyn last week

As I left in something of a hurry last Friday, I just wanted to write to say how much I enjoyed the course with Martyn last week. This very much met my needs in terms of providing confidence as to my progress in skills development.


Professional & fun!

I was a bit apprehensive about doing my competent crew course …. I’m normally a feet firmly on dry land kinda girl but my trip thoroughly exceeded expectations! I went alone on an all women crew & quickly realised you are never alone on a boat…. we bonded very quickly over a refreshment the first night! I was kitted out with wellies & waterproof clothing & beds on board were chosen… surprisingly comfortable. I was amazed at the quality of food we ate … proper full English breakfast to set us up the first morning …. which was a blessing in the wet & wind! Alex, our yatchmaster put us all at ease talking us through the course. I hadn’t realised we would moor beside such good showers every night altho I admit I didn’t shower every day ! ? I learnt so much on the course, weather, wind, knots, helming, tacking, mooring! We dealt with fog, anchor chains, going up the mast (not normal!), man overboard (not literally!) & all the time Alex was very clear, professional & super friendly always encouraging us along the way. I can’t recommend Hamble point sailing enough, and a trip to the Isle of Wight…. I hadn’t realised how beautiful it was!

Last week was really great, I want to thank you for that !

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your course to others

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Day Skipper course last week.

I feel like I learnt a huge amount and benefitted from great company and the experience of a great instructor.

Please pass on my thanks to Martin who has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience that he was more than happy to share and made the whole experience both challenging and at the same time highly enjoyable.’

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your course to others.

Had a great day

Thank you for the sailing yesterday. Had a great day, the wind was a little light at first but it picked up a bit more in the afternoon.

Big shout out to the skipper, thought he was amazing. Really knowledgable and patient. Made the day funny and>


Great Skipper Skills course

Great training weekend where I could practice skills I learnt on my Day Skipper 3 years ago, but had not really practised since e.g. MOB under power & under sail, picking up a buoy under sail and mooring in various spaces and marinas.

The instructor (John) was absolutely excellent. He was really knowledgeable and experienced and gave really clear explanations, both by drawing diagrams, demonstrations and talking us through what we were about to do.

There was plenty of space on-board the yacht (38ft Bavaria) for three of us in total. Supplied food was fine and there was plenty of it.

I borrowed waterproofs which were included as part of the course fee. These were in good condition.

The whole course was really relaxed and informative. All-in-all it was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.

Amazing course

Amazing course. This company managed to put together a bespoke set of training for us with an extremely capable and experienced skipper together with an excellent boat. The location enabled us to experience so much over the time on the course.

Great Day Skipper Practical course

Very well organised, professionally managed, training yacht exceptionally clean and well looked after. The course was challenging and lots of fun.

[Thanks to] Martyn for an excellent course and a fun week

Could you thank Martin for me for an excellent course and a fun week, please?. I was a bit dubious, as I’m sure he noticed, about sailing around Southampton docks but his teaching locations and style were very effective. I’m much more confident about my ability to take a boat out as skipper.

Excellent experience on a well organised RYA Competant Crew course

I was very pleased with the Schools quick responses to my initial online booking for the Competent Crew Course and all subsequent communications. I was kept updated about arrangements prior to the course. On arrival the staff and instructor welcomed me warmly and were clear about what I needed to do. On the course the instructor was very clear, helpful and encouraging and also a good companion. I was given plenty of opportunity to develop my practical skills and extend my knowledge and understanding of all that’s required to be a good crew member.

Our instructor is clearly very experienced in sailing completing thousands of sea miles each year and was very approachable with a wealth of anecdotes from his own experience that he was able to use to illustrate many of his teaching points. But he was also happy to patiently explain and answer basic questions and ensure he’d full answered your query. He planned and discussed with us the schedule and its objectives for each day and ensured we completed them successfully.

The boat was well equipped and provided all the opportunities to practice the skills we were taught and the school also supplied a good selection of food for the week.

The cost was reasonable just for an enjoyable weeks sailing, but when you add all the instruction and opportunities for practicing the skills taught it was excellent value. I left feeling well prepared to act as a crew member on a boat, and am enthusiastic to develop my skills further.

Thank [you] to John for his patience

Just to thank John for his patience, companionship, company and professionalism, top chap.

Great Skippered charter

Great 3 day charter for four of us. The boat was well prepared and Josh, our skipper, helped ensure we had a great time. A great trainer for those less experienced in the crew and his planning ensured we had a varied sailing experience in the Solent with well chosen overnight locations.

Coastal Skipper Practical

I really liked Martyn’s approach. I learned a lot and he really boosted my confidence.

Yacht Master preparation out of Hamble Point Sailing School

5 day yacht Master preparation course arranged through Hamble point Yacht Charters. This was an excellent course and the instructor put a lot of effort into producing an excellent combination of quite intensive learning which combined some theory with practical exercises including night pilotages, and a really enjoyable and entertaining week on board. Definitely recommend it.

Great sailing and tuition

I chose Hamble Point school from internet as the dates were convenient to me, so glad I made this choice. Those at the school were very quick to respond to my requests and friendly when I got there. The boat we had was in good condition (Jeanneau 37) and the provisions supplied were excellent and plentiful. Although I had all my own gear there was plenty there for the beginner to use. The standard of teaching from John was of the highest quality. Had never sailed the Solent but it is a great place to sail and hone skills. I picked the school at random but so glad I did, when I return to the Solent they will be top of my list.

Excellent provisions as well, we were not going to starve!

Excellent provisions as well, we were not going to starve!

YM Prep week was great

The communication was fantastic, prices were great and the tuition was very fun and engaging

Our Instructor, Dave, was great

We weren’t sure what would be best for us but a conversation with Alex put us on the right track. Our Instructor, Dave, was great

Student Comments

Friendly welcome. All staff helpful. Relaxed atmosphere. Instructors gave clear explanations of safety equipment and how to perform tasks expected of crew. Very tolerant of mistakes made. Encouraged us to Continue Reading

Rod 23rd July 2019


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