Coastal Skippers

Coastal skippers have a wider cruising range than inshore skippers. This opens up the possibility of exploring the whole of the south coast of the UK, but not crossing the Channel. Many of the summer cruise weeks are also designated as suitable for Coastal Skippers, bringing the challenge and satisfaction of exploring a new cruising area.

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Coastal Skipper

Ray Beadell

Since taking up sailing in 2018 I have had a busy time progressing through competent crew, day skipper and gained my yacht-master coastal skipper in 2020

The club has been a real asset to me and I have enjoyed sailing with quite a few members. I am keen to continue to develop my skills and undertake a cross channel passage which I have yet to do.

The higher percentage of my sailing has been on Quartette, probably because of my bosun role for the boat. I am keen to take the boat on a few multi day passages. Whilst I do enjoy eating ashore eating on-board is must for a number of reasons including the social side.

Both weekdays and weekends are fine for me.

Coastal Skipper

Laurence Cale

I first learned to sail when I was at school where I ended up as a dinghy instructor. After a hiatus of several years raising a family and earning a crust I returned to it with Phoenix several years ago and am now a coastal skipper. My sailing trips are pretty relaxed and I am happy for the crew to pitch in their ideas. I also like to practice some of the skills needed for boat handling to keep us all sharp. I usually book in the winter months to take advantage of the Solent being less crowded and the wind more reliable.

I usually sail weekends although occasionally longer trips.  I like to have a plan for what I am going to do and am more than happy if anyone wants to do something or go somewhere specific.  If you want to do the planning, act as skipper or practice skills for Yachtmaster then we’ll try to build that in.  My usual weekend plan is to meet up on Friday evening then get going early on Saturday for a full day’s sailing.  Sunday tends to be a more leisurely return to Haslar.  My challenges for 2021 are to go to the places on the Solent that I don’t regularly go to – the ones that are a bit more tricky!

Coastal Skipper

Andy Connor

Coastal Skipper

Chris Deakin

Coastal Skipper

Mike Fidler

My Sailing

I first stepped foot in a Wayfarer dinghy on the Norfolk Broads as a teenager – and was hooked.

After sailing dinghies on the Thames and Medway, I stated sailing yachts in 1978.  I have completed a number of RYA training courses and hold the RYA Coastal Skipper Qualification, current First Aid and VHF-DSC among others.

On joining BP in 1985, I became a member of the BP Yacht Club and acted as Secretary to the Management Committee for a period.  I became a club coastal skipper.

I was a founder member of Phoenix Yacht Club.

Looking at my logbooks, I have sailed over 11,000 miles, and while much of this has been on the south coast, I have also sailed in Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Denmark and Sweden.

I am a member of the RYA and also the Bristol Sailing Association (BSA).

My Career

I qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer and have worked in local government (Greater London Council), the oil industry (BP) and consulting engineering (Halcrow, CH2M Hill and Jacobs).  In the latter stages of my career, I was involved in port engineering and port planning.


Now that I have retired, I have much more free time to go sailing and also to help with the running of the club.  I would like to give something back to the club and feel that my skills and experience will help ensure that the club provides sailing opportunities for everyone.

Coastal Skipper

Judith Hankey

About me

I have been sailing since I was a kid and that was in both dinghies and a very small cruiser (recall the 17ft Hurley Silhouette?) with my family.

So I started coastal sailing in my 20s (with friends not parents) and did some of the RYA courses and we shared two yachts on the east coast, a Sadler 29 and a Westerly 33. When we moved to the south coast was when we discovered PYC and joined that about 10 years ago.

I am mostly retired now and tend to prefer to sail mid-week since it is much easier to organise and frees the boats up for people who still have to work full-time. I am married to Richard Ash and hence the term ‘we’ in the sailing we do together.

I mostly like discovering new places and re-visiting old favourites in UK sailing. I love sailing in the sun and we have had many enjoyable holidays in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Canaries, but also Stockholm archipelago and Denmark. Last year we went up to Scotland sailing 4 times and the weather was kind, warm and indeed sunny too. I am a fair-weather sailor and rarely sail in horrible weather and the winter.

I am qualified to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore but I am Coastal skipper with PYC simply because I do not get much pleasure out of the longer passages.

When sailing with me as skipper

I will often be around the Solent mid-week and you may be asked to do any one of many things that need doing on a boat. Helming, handling ropes, working winches, passing around biscuits and making a cuppa too. I have to warn you that I can get quite picky on looking after a boat and keeping her clean!

I am happy for people to practise the things that they have learned either on a shore based course or in a practical course, such as working out the course to steer, whether we can get into that river at the present state of tide, creating a pilotage plan to get us into that river. When the conditions are benign I am also happy for people to take the helm and park the boat. With little wind we have been practising reversing, turning in tight circles and coming alongside empty pontoons. It is all part of the basics of boat handling.

Coastal Skipper

Steve Perks

Coastal Skipper

David Hiscock