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

UKSA student awarded prestigious maritime award by Fisgard Association

Sea Cadet and UKSA Professional Yacht Cadet Jake Strachan, aged 18 from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire has been awarded the prestigious Fisgard Plate, in recognition of his achievements in his Sea Cadet Class One Marine Engineering examinations. Jake was presented with the accolade on November 23rd at UKSA, Cowes on the Isle of Wight by Fisgard Association… Read more »

Susie Goodall – Professional Yachts Woman

UKSA graduate Susie is living the solo-sailing dream and is a great example of the varied career options available to those who study at UKSA. Susie has worked in the superyacht industry, worked for a sailing and expedition company and is currently crossing the Atlantic as part of her training for one of sailing’s most… Read more »

From school to full-time employment

Callum Blackwell is a graduate of UKSA. He successfully completed a number of qualifications with us and thanks to our unique partnerships and industry contacts, Callum is now working for leading activity provider Neilson. Callum shares with us his journey from school to full-time employment… “I always knew I wanted to work on the water…. Read more »

Graduate & Ambassador Dee Caffari blogs for us on women in sailing

As the all-male skippers in the 2016 Vendée Globe begin their journey around the world, world-renowned sailor, Dee Caffari MBE (an ambassador and graduate of UKSA)  shares her thoughts with us on why there are no females skippers in this edition of the race and what UKSA are doing to address this imbalance at the grassroots… Read more »

UKSA Cadetship, update from Matt Flint

Read more about the experiences of UKSA Cadetship graduate Matt Flint. Matt began training at UKSA in 2009 and now a qualified Officer of the Watch. Matt has been working on superyachts and travelling across the globe thanks to his career in the maritime industry. Matt has just returned to complete his Chief Mate course… Read more »

Ambassador Helena Lucas on hand to inspire Isle of Wight pupils.

Helena Lucas MBE was on hand to inspire the Isle of Wight’s Year 6 pupils at Youth Charity, UKSA. Helena, an Ambassador for UKSA was on hand to share her sailing knowledge to the pupils of Gatten and Lake and Barton Primary Schools as part of the charity’s Year 6 Test the Water Programme. UKSA’s… Read more »

Two of a kind.

Cadetship graduate James Johnson and phase 2 Professional Yacht Cadet Dan Snook were part of the same Sea Cadet group and members of T.S. Rebel, a Sea School on the East Coast of England before their time at UKSA. Today James and Dan are working on board the same 45m Superyacht; James as Captain and… Read more »

Life on the Professional Yacht Cadet training programme

As we head into the busy winter training period at UKSA we are not only welcoming new faces to our 3.5 acre waterfront campus, we are catching up with our on-programme students and graduates. This time its the chance for Ashley who is currently on the second phase of the Professional Yacht Cadetship to tell us… Read more »

Hat trick of success for UKSA during Cowes Week

For the third year running, Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM) Cowes Week was another huge success for Official Charity, UKSA. The week got off to a fantastic start thanks to UKSA Ambassador and world-renowned sailor Dee Caffari MBE officially launching the charity’s Women into Sailing careers programme on ‘Charity Monday’. The programme will promote and encourage… Read more »

Dee Caffari launches the UKSA careers initiative ‘women into sailing’

World-renowned sailor and UKSA Ambassador, Dee Caffari MBE officially launched the charity’s Women into Sailing careers initiative on ‘Charity Monday’ of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. To mark the launch of the programme UKSA graduate Dee spent the day sailing with an all-women crew from UKSA and key guests during the world famous regatta. The… Read more »