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Reviews about our Learn to Sail Holidays

Read about some of our trips - These reviews have been written by guests who sailed with us. Come and join us soon!

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Leg 1 of the cruise to the Philippines - Phuket to Langkawi

Written by Helen and Cassandra Tan

We left Phuket on the start of my trip to the Philippines on the well travelled route down to Langkawi with 2 guests on board, Helen and Cassandra Tan. Because of potential bad weather in the future we took the most direct route via Kho Racha, Kho Rawi and Kho Lipe in The Butangs and then Telaga Harbour and finally Kuah. It was a mixed trip starting out with light wind in sunny conditions and finishing in squally and stormy days from the Butangs with winds of up to 30 knots gusting 35 at times. There have been a few inevitable teething problems with Meniscus but nothing serious. With any luck I will set off from here early with the intention of completing the next 2 legs and have a bit more time Johor Beru/Singapore - if weather permits.

Helen and Cassandra are novice sailors and this was not the nicest trip for people who have never been on a boat before. I must say it was a pleasure having them on board, they did really well, completing their Competent Crew practical courses and an Essential Navigation Theory Courses.

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Julie's Learn to Sail Holiday

I had had my eye on Mark’s RYA Sailing Courses for the last couple of years and was particularly attracted by the Learn to Sail Sailing Holiday from Phuket to Langkawi. Finally in December 2010 we were going to be in Thailand and so booked what had become a “must-do” trip for me.

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The trip began on a sunny Wednesday morning - I arrived in Ao Chalong by tuk-tuk from Karon where I'd stayed the night before. Identified the café meeting point easily enough and sat myself down. Mark appeared pretty much straight away, and my fellow guests for week one, James and Todd, arrived shortly afterwards. Mark left us to get to know each other whilst he went to sort out the immigration paperwork.

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I feel incredibly sad that my week sailing and cruising onboard Meniscus is at an end - but also unbelievably relaxed - a quite different person who boarded a week ago, rather anxious and unsure what to expect. I certainly didn't expect such perfectly delicious and healthy food and such a laid-back skipper. My worry about being five minutes late at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club seems ludicrous now. We were three onboard. Mark, John a designer and lecturer from London and me, a stressed out anaesthetist - a rather incongruous mix, but we all worked well together and downed a surprising amount of gin (strictly after hours) that facilitated some intensely detailed discussions on design and marketing.

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Dave Pallett (nicknamed H) and Ian Broadhurst joined Meniscus and I for a weeks cruise to Lombok. Ian has flown from London for a short holiday and (H) is taking an RYA Day Skipper course, learning to sail and honing his navigation skills. We set sail from Benoa Harbour in Bali, on a clear day with a pleasant force four, south easterly, trade wind breeze. We made good time crossing the channel to Nusa Penida, sailing well with the wind on the beam through light ocean swells. The full moon and spring tides had created some big uncomfortable swells on the western side of the Islands so we skirted around Lembongon and anchored north of Ceningan in a quiet bay for a pleasant cooling off snorkel. Conditions were good again as we set out on the 30 mile sail for Lombok. Great sailing, fine reaching in force four to five along the craggy coast of Nusa Penida and across the straight towards to hills and volcanoes of Lombok's southern peninsula.

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