A hugely experienced Sailor, Martin came to sailing and yacht racing in particular after very successful careers in motor-sport, rallying and offshore powerboat racing. As well as instructing Martin is involved widely in sail boat racing as a class measurer, race official, and Yacht Club Sailing Secretary. Martin will lead PYRA Race events on his boat Ruthless, plus Day Sails and Sail Trim days.
Owain has raced successfully on all sorts of sail boats from Super yachts to Sonatas. He is a Sail Maker by trade, but has worked ‘part time’ with Poole Sailing for several years now. Owain comes with a guaranteed smile and a nice easy style. He will lead some Racing and Corporate Events on Addiction and Energy.
Peter qualified as an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor in the mid nineteen nineties and has worked as a full time professional sailor ever since. He has introduced many hundreds of students to the joys of sailing, cruising and racing in a variety of boats with a friendly and relaxed style that is all his own. Peter will instruct many of our RYA practical courses and Yachtmaster preparation weeks and also skipper his own boat ‘Merlin’ for Solent based inshore regattas and race series where he enjoys considerable success.
Rob Gibson, Poole Sailing’s Principal, has spent the best part of a lifetime handling small boats. He is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner who has taught Boat Handling and Sailing techniques to many hundreds of students over the passed twenty years. His work has enabled him to cross oceans and sail in many parts of the world, and his books on the subject have been RYA ‘best sellers’ since publication. He is very active on the UK Yacht Racing circuit, sailing his racing yacht ‘Hope & Glory/UNICEF’ offshore, and ‘Addiction’ in corporate regattas.
Stuart has sailed from Poole for the passed fifteen years and races his ‘pride and joy’ Energy, year round, with his regular crew. He is a well known physiotherapist, but also an experienced teacher with a passion for sailing and for passing on his experience to novice and expert sailors alike. Stuart regularly teaches all levels of the RYA yachtmaster practical syllabus as well as skippering the odd PYRA race.
Taz has worked on the water for some 15 years in roles ranging from Tug Crew, to Dinghy and Power Boat instructor, and Professional Yacht Captain. His range of experience has made him one of the most versatile and competent boat handlers instructing today. Taz will lead some PYRA Race events in his own laid back style and also provide an expert yacht delivery service.