“I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied”
– John Masefield, Sea Fever
I’m Emma, and I’ve been “messing about in boats” for most of my life. From “bathtubs” on the Norfolk Broads aged 6 to the small cabin cruiser my parents bought when I was just 10, many happy days through my teens were spent enjoying my first experiences of boat handling. I also joined the local sailing club, racing dinghies every weekend through the season, completing various RYA dinghy courses and spending occasional weeks on yachts.
After a hiatus of a few years, boredom set in on a beach holiday and I searched for a way to get back onto the water. So I was delighted to find a charter yacht with an instructor skipper. Formal qualifications – RYA Day Skipper, RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore with commercial endorsement, RYA/MCA Cruising Instructor, RYA/MCA Shorebased Instructor (theory), Swiss D-Schein (sail) and A-Schein (motor), RYA Dinghy Instructor & Senior Dinghy Instructor – followed in short order, interspersed with charters in various areas of the Mediterranean Sea, ocean passages from Gibraltar to Lanzarote and back, a delivery trip from Southampton to St Katherine’s Dock in London in mid-winter (it’s not often you sail with snow on the deck) to build up miles under the keel and extra experience.
Sailing has been a leitmotif throughout my life and has taught me many things, and I now look forward to passing on that enjoyment to other people.
“I have known Emma since she successfully completed her RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Cruising Instructor endorsement with Alfer Sea School. She is very knowledgeable in the field of sailing and instruction, and I decided after having had the pleasure of teaching Emma to sample the product she had to offer.
Greece and the Ionian provide an absolutely idyllic setting in a variety of challenging conditions for experienced and novice yachtsmen and women.
The crystal clear waters and secluded anchorages provide a relaxing haven which can be contrasted with the hustle and bustle of the tourist marinas with their free wifi and internet cafes.
I would highly recommend Emma and Sail YSL to anyone interested in finding the “joie de vivre”.”
Alan Robinson, former principal of Alfer Sea School