East Coast Sailing Courses

Learning to Sail with First Class Sailing's East Coast Sailing School

Run by Colin Stracey

The full range of practical sailing courses can be taken from our East Coast base in Fambridge Yacht Haven, North Fambridge, Essex.

Our East Coast Sailing operation runs out of the very charming Fambridge Yacht Haven, on the River Crouch near Burnham in Essex.

Fambridge Yacht Haven  is an hour’s journey from Liverpool Street Station and provides a fantastic starting point from which to sail off and explore the peaceful scenic East Coast

Navigation classes and the RYA 1 day courses are also conducted here and in the surrounding area. Do ask for more details.

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Practical Courses

RYA Competent Crew Practical Course Perfect for beginners and for those that have done a little sailing before. It will transform you into a useful crew member.
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RYA Day Skipper Practical Course For aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.
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RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course Advanced skippering techniques for those wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.
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RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Practical Course Prepare for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence Exam.
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RYA Yachtmaster Practical Course Prepare to take the exam for the pinnacle of yachting qualifications the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.
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Theory Courses

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and rules of the road.
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RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course Advanced Chartwork lessons for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper theory Course.
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RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory A course in astro-navigation and worldwide meteorology which also reveals the mysteries of the sextant.
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One Day Courses

RYA VHF Radio Course To use a VHF it is a legal requirement that someone on board must have a VHF Radio Licence.
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RYA VHF Radio Assessment After taking the VHF Radio Course either in a classroom or online you must attend and pass an assessment in order to get the licence.
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RYA Sea Suvival Course Understand how to use the safety equipment on board a boat. A genuine lifesaving course.
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RYA Offshore Safety (ISAF) Excellent training for recreational and racing skippers and crews who may encounter rough weather and problems at sea.
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RYA First Aid at Sea First Aid knowledge can save lives.
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RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance Prevent and solve diesel engine failure.
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RYA Radar Course Understand radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance.
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What is great about Learning to Sail on the East Coast?

East Coast Sailing from our East Coast base is like nothing else. As you slip your moorings and sail silently out of the marina the only noise is from the Lapwings, Oystercatchers and Turnstones as they forage for food along the banks of this idyllic setting. Soon you join the River Crouch and the boat heels gently to the breeze - who would believe that you are less than just 45 miles from London. The stresses and strains of city life just drain away as you head silently to explore the Swatchways described so wonderfully by Maurice Griffiths, the doyen of sail cruising, in his book "Magic of the Swatchways!

There is not space here to mention all the wonderful places that can be visited on an East Coast Sailing trip but a visit to Pinmill on the River Orwell, or spending a night in the "secret waters" of the Walton Backwaters, is very special. Made famous by Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons books, visiting this area, owned and managed by the National Trust, is like stepping back in time to a bygone era. Mooring amongst the smacks and barges, a row ashore to the Butt and Oyster and then a BBQ on the beach provoked one Day Skipper candidate to say "What an amazing Day"!

Just two hours later Anchoring in Yokesfleet Creek, off the River Roach, the boat is surrounded by seals coming to investigate this new visitor to their world. The area is absolutely enchanting and the moving sandbanks provide some interesting challenges for the sailor. A trip out of the River Crouch and across the shallows of the Wallet Spitway provides the opportunity to visit Historic Maldon, the Cinque Port of Brightlingsea, West Mersea home of the world famous Oyster Shed, or the Suffolk Rivers of Orwell and Stour.

BUT East Coast Sailing doesn't have to be all quiet!

There is a saying that if you can navigate across the Thames Estuary then you can navigate anywhere and a trip to Ramsgate provides the perfect challenge to make the next day's trip to France a stress free experience. Alternatively a trip to the bustling county town of Ipswich is very rewarding. After the challenge of entering the river, past the busiest container port in the UK, relaxing at one of the watering holes on Ipswich's historic waterfront is very worthwhile.

There are many special watering holes that can be visited. The Green Man at Bradwell or the Jolly Sailor at Maldon or if you want to explore a genuinely spiritual place the oldest Church is St Peter's on the Wall just a stones' throw from the Marina at Bradwell.

Easy to get to

The journey from Liverpool Street station to Fambridge takes just less than an hour. From North Fambridge Station the marina is a short walk.

If you are coming from abroad (and we do get many people traveling from abroad - see our diversity of nationalities page) then we recommend you talk to us before booking.

Why Choose Us?

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At First Class Sailing we pride ourselves on the quality of our courses and a personal approach. Every customer is important to us so when you buy from us it seems fair that we should guarantee what we do.

With the following guarantees and promises we hope that you will feel you can buy any First Class Sailing offering with the confidence that you are making an excellent decision.

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