About First Class Sailing
From 2000 to the Present Day
Established in London in 2000 by the late Saul Masson, First Class Sailing is now owned by Principal Charlie Tulloch.
First Class Sailing operates from various locations in Central London and from Shamrock Quay in Southampton on the South Coast.
We run the majority of our RYA shorebased navigation courses in London and specialise in going into offices in and around the City to run evening navigation classes. We also hold these courses over weekends in Rosebery Avenue, EC1 and at the Cruising Association in Limehouse.
In addition we run all the RYA supplementary 1 day courses – VHF, Diesel Engine Maintenance, First Aid, Sea Survival and Radar – in London, usually at weekends.
Shamrock Quay in Southampton is where Head Office is located. From here we also run the full range of practical RYA courses and other yachting activities such as Boat Handling weekends and weekend Channel Hop trips over to France and back, from February through to early December.
Charlie is an RYA/DoT Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor. His Dad taught him to sail on a Drascombe Dabber, called Yabber Dabber Doo, as a boy on the River Dart and he has since logged over 55,000 miles. Before First Class Sailing Charlie taught people to sail at several Solent-based sailing schools, worked as a delivery skipper moving boats of all sizes around the world, worked on charter boats off the UK Coast, skippered a privately owned boat to Panama and around central America for a year, skippered and worked as mate on large 80-100ft sailing trawlers such as Keewaydin, Leader and Provident taking adults and disadvantaged young people sailing, and spent a year on container ships carting anything from onions to DVD players around the world. He has his Second Mate’s ticket and a 1st Class Honours degree in Merchant Ship Operations.
Martin (General Manager)
Martin Joined the team in 2018 having moved down from London where he worked as a property Manager, taking care of bespoke housing. Although new to the yachting world Martin has been a Senior dinghy sailing instructor and sailed since the age of four.
Most weekends he is out on the water racing with the plan to gain more experience on the yachts in the near future.
Sam (Operations Manager) & Bella
Sam is our operations manager predominately looking after
our boats and skippers and with a background in both banking and education runs
a very tight ship. She comes from a very sailing focussed family - her dad was
an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner who spent 12 years sailing around the world and Sam
and her family joined them on various legs and locations. You may often see Sam
around the Solent at the weekends on a variety of boats but probably zipping
around in their rib.
Bella is part-time and doesn’t like to work too hard. She
will often be found in her charging pod/ bed behind Sam’s desk unless you have
food in which case she shows off her upbringing with golden retrievers and will
be sat begging for titbits. She loves being on the water but not so keen on
being in the water!
Richard (Sales & Admin Coordinator)
Richard is a Yachtmaster Offshore with around 12,000 nm logged, which includes two Atlantic crossings. The first crossing from Bermuda to Shamrock Quay via the Azores and Portugal was his first time on a sailing yacht with Charlie as Skipper! He's also sailed on an 80ft Maxi and Challenger 67's & 72's. Prior to sailing he had a career in the motor trade and has also worked for the Tall Ships Youth Trust for over a decade.
These days he prefers the comfort of a proper bed but still loves helping novice sailors take their first steps out onto the water. He will most likely answer the phone if you call the office or reply to any enquires you might have about any of our courses, whether it be Competent Crew or RYA First Aid at Sea.