Learn a little more about UKSA

Our blog will bring you snippets of UKSA news along with some day in the life blog posts from our visitors, students and staff.

Isabella Joyner

In 2013 Isabella Joyner had left school, was out of work and was uncertain what the future had in store for her. She made the decision to train at UKSA and has worked all over the world thanks to the skills she learnt with us… Isabella tells us more: “I was out of work when… Read more »

Sarah Harrison – UKSA Watersports Instructor

After leaving college at 18 and knowing that university wasn’t the right path for her, Sarah chose to gain qualifications and travel by signing up for UKSA’s Watersports Instructor Traineeship in partnership with Neilson, a leading active holidays provider. The bespoke 10-week course will cost you just £1000 (Neilson fund the remaining £3995), plus upon… Read more »

Jean-Damien Barrier – Chief Officer

Jean-Damien first came to UKSA in 2005 to begin his journey working in the superyacht industry, after deciding to change career. Fast forward to 2017 and Jean-Damien is working as a Chief Officer on board a 63-metre superyacht having become the first UKSA Cadet to gain the Master 3000gt qualification. He shares his story with… Read more »

Rachael Mew – Lead Skipper for a sailing holiday company

Rachael Mew first came to UKSA in 2011 after finishing school where she had studied Sports Development and Sports Studies. She is now working in Croatia as a Lead Skipper for a sailing holiday company. “I finished school back in 2011 and have always loved sport so I made the decision to enrol on a… Read more »

Dee Caffari MBE – UKSA graduate and ambassador

Dee has sailed around the world five times and is the first woman to have sailed single-handed, non-stop around the world in both directions and to have sailed non-stop around the world three times. As she shares the exciting news that she is the only female skipper for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, we catch… Read more »

Isle of Wight school children set to benefit from UKSA fundraising event

A wine tasting evening has been hailed a success after £2100 was raised for UKSA, with the money ear-marked to benefit Isle of Wight school children. 100 people attended the evening at Barton Manor, the proprietors of which donated the use of the venue for the evening. Supporters of UKSA enjoyed an evening of sampling… Read more »

UKSA celebrates success of Further Education students

UKSA have celebrated the success of their Further Education students at their annual graduation ceremony held at the charity and maritime training centre’s base in Cowes. The evening of celebration saw the students receive certificates of graduation in the presence of family members and the UKSA Further Education team of tutors. The students, from across… Read more »

Solent students Go Sail thanks to the 1851 Trust

The Go Sail project is underway at the 1851 Trust. This innovative project provides 14-16 year old students living in the Solent area new experiences both on and off the water. Funded by Sport England, the project includes free sailing opportunities coupled with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education programme. Go Sail has been developed by… Read more »