Case Studies

Is the Yachtmaster Offshore ticket now an entry level qualification for Superyacht crew?

We recently caught up with captains in the Superyacht Industry to hear their views UKSA, the charity and maritime training centre based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, has reported a growing demand for their professional Yachtmaster Offshore qualification as the entry-level ticket to the professional yachting industry. In the superyacht sector high-ranking professionals… Read more »

Southampton Sailor to Lead Team in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Former UKSA student and instructor announced as Clipper Race professional skipper Josh Stickland, 31, has been announced as one of the eleven professional skippers to lead a novice team in the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Race. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is undoubtedly one of the greatest ocean adventures… Read more »

UKSA to purchase four new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 449s

UKSA to invest in four new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 449s At Southampton Boat Show on Thursday, 20th September, UKSA were delighted to announce the purchase four Jeanneau 449s. The purchase has been funded by trading in part of the charity’s existing fleet and the support of the Neighbourly Charitable Trust, allowing UKSA to offer the most… Read more »

Sjoerd – former Marine now training for his Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

Snowed in on a Himalayan mountain with time to reflect. Former Marine in the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, Sjoerd, is on a mission to start a career in yacht delivery worldwide; and started a Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course. 35 year-old, Dutch born Sjoerd, with 17 years of active military service, latterly as a Royal Marine… Read more »

From rugby pitch to a life on the ocean – Nicola Belardo

Former rugby pro becomes a successful yacht deckhand after completing the Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course 27-year-old Nicola Belardo, from Naples, Italy, went from professional rugby for the past 7 years, winning 3 Italian Championships, to turning his skills to sailing to start a new career. He is currently working as a deckhand on an 80m superyacht… Read more »

Rachel opts for yacht training as an alternative to university

Maritime career pathways at UKSA Former BTEC student in Outdoor Sports with a passion for sailing, Rachel Brazier now works at UKSA as a watersports instructor. After a season working for us as an instructor, she is now embarking on a Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course to launch a career in the maritime industry. I worked… Read more »

William Quennell’s passion for sail racing takes a new twist

From advertising to a professional skipper William’s driving passion for sail racing in his 20’s and 30’s, prompted him to follow his dream and transition from a career in advertising to become a qualified, paid skipper. The UKSA Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course gave him the industry entry qualifications to land his first professional skippering job… Read more »

Former UKSA student is set to compete in Golden Globe Race

UKSA Yachtmaster graduate – Gregor McGuckin competes in the Golden Globe Race Irish sailor Gregor McGuckin who trained at UKSA is competing in the Golden Globe Race circumnavigating the world solo June 6, 2018, Cowes: Irish sailor Gregor McGuckin who achieved his Yachtmaster Ocean at maritime training charity, UKSA, in 2013, is to compete solo,… Read more »

Combing skills for a career at sea – Grace Pybus

I transformed my love of sailing to training for a career in the maritime industry! UKSA can open doors and new possibilities; one course can often lead to another. Now working on the water, where every day is different; her morning latte in the office has been swapped for coffee on deck with dolphins swimming… Read more »

Mark Davey – from career student to Skipper

From Professional Yachtmaster to UKSA skipper Taking one of UKSA’s many courses can help you secure a rewarding job and embark on an exciting career in the maritime industry. Mark Davey, a graduate from our Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course, decided to stay on to work for us and shares his story: “I used to be… Read more »