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 course at UKSA to do my Watersports Instructor Training. I really enjoyed it and was delighted to have the chance to stay on with UKSA for a couple of years after I qualified as an instructor of watersports. The opportunities sailing qualifications give you are brilliant and in 2013 I was able to travel to China to work at the Beijing Sailing Centre.

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After working in China, I decided to return to UKSA in 2014 in order to do my Yachtmaster Offshore, with the help of the Milo Hanlon Bursary and later qualify as a Cruising Instructor. I am now in middle of my third season working for MedSailors in Croatia, where I have been promoted to Lead Skipper. We provide sailing holidays for 20-35 year olds and I love it. Every week I welcome a new set of guests to the fleet of six skippered yachts I manage, taking them along the Croatian coast line and to different islands in the Adriatic.

UKSA helped me gain qualifications, leadership and responsibility, helping me to progress my career and grow as a person.

The best part about my job is it gives me a fantastic lifestyle and I get to see so many beautiful places every day whilst meeting new people along the way. It is the best way to travel the world and earn money at the same time!”

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