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Meet the 1st ScotSail Training Team > 1st ScotSail Training has a team dedicated to ensuring that you receive the best possible care from the time you book to when you return from your sailing course.   Our friendly Instructors and staff are always on hand to answer your questions and assist you with any questions or queries you that may have..

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Principal & Director - Stephen E Kerr

Primary Qualifications:

  • Yachtmaster® Offshore Instructor
  • Advanced Power Boat Instructor
  • VHF Marine Radio License Assessor
  • Diesel Engine Maintenance Assessor
  • Radar Course Assessor
  • Shorebased Navigation Instructor

 

Stephen Kerr - Principal and Director of 1st ScotSail Training Ltd.

Stephen has 40 years of sailing experience and has been teaching RYA Practical and Shorebased courses since 1992 and is a qualified Yachtmaster® Sailing and Advanced PowerBoat Instructor, as well as being an MCA VHF Radio and Radar Assessor and Diesel Engine Instructor,

Stephen has overall responsibilty for Training Centre Operations and teaches the Shorebased navigation courses in Scotland. His contact number is 07990 518 726

 

Chief Yachtmaster Instructor (Sail) - Richard Smith

Primary Qualifications:

  • Yachtmaster® Offshore Instructor

 

Richard Smith is ScotSail's chief sailing Instructor and the owner of one of our RYA Sailing Training Yachts North Star. He is a keen sailor with around 15 years experience

Richard is a Full time ScotSail Yachtmaster Instructor and is devoted to helping new sailors pass their Start Yachting and Competent Crew Courses. Most of the Yachtmaster® preperation courses will be undertaken by Richard on his yacht.

 

Senior Yachtmaster Instructor - John Parlane

      ****    Voted RYA Instructor of the year in 2011  *******

Primary Qualifications:

  • Yachtmaster® Offshore Instructor
  • VHF Marine Radio License  assessor
  • Diesel Engine Maintenance assessor
  • Radar course assessor
  • First Aid assessor
  • Shorebased Navigation Instructor
  • Powerboat Level 2 Instuctor

 

 

John Parlane is our senior Yachtmaster Intructor at ScotSail and has over 20 years of on-the-water experience.

He is a well qualifed and skilled individual and was recently awarded the highest honour of RYA Scottish Yachtmaster® instructor of the year in 2010.

As John is regarded as one of our most experience instructors he often gets asked to run the early and late seson courses in sometimes challenging weather conditions.

Yachtmaster & Power Instructor - Alex Fajardo

Primary Qualifications:

  • Yachtmaster® Offshore Instructor
  • PowerBoat Instructor
  • Advanced powerboat
  • VHF Marine Radio License assessor
  • Radar Course assessor
  • Shorebased Navigation Instructor

 

Alex Fajardo Joined our team in early 2010 having gained much international sailing experience in yacht delivery and running RYA training courses. He now lives in Scotland.

Alex specialises in teaching new Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper, Yachtmaster®, Radar, VHF and PowerBoat students.

In the winter months he helps out teaching the VHF and day skipper theory courses at our centre in Largs

 

 

 

Yachtmaster Instructor - Drew Shaw

Primary Qualifications:

  • Yachtmaster® Offshore Instructor

 

Drew Shaw is a Yachtmaster® instructor with over 20 years sailing experience.

Drew specialising in creating teamwork and enthusiasm within the crew whilst enjoying teaching from beginner to coastal skipper level.

Drew sails his own boat, an Etap28i and has sailed the Western Isles and Ireland on many occasions.

 

Yachtmaster & Power Instructor - Nick Weir

 

Nick Weir trained with ScotSail to become a Professional Yachtmaster® Instructor, and now works as a ScotSail Instructor.

Nick recently qualified as an RYA PowerBoat Instructor and he is also a skipper for ScotSail Experience Building Skippered Sailing Experiences.

Primary Qualifications:

  • Yachtmaster® Offshore Instructor
  • Advanced PowerBoat Instructor
  • VHF Marine Radio License Assessor
  • Shorebased Navigation Instructor

 

Yachtmaster Instructor - Ross Ritchie

Primary Qualifications:

  • Yachtmaster® Offshore Instructor

 

Ross Ritchie has been an RYA Instructor for over 18 years and teaches ScotSail RYA Practical courses from Start Yachting up to yachtmaster level.

Ross has been involved with the Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) in Scotland for many years and undertakes many of our weekend courses for Start Yachting and Competent Crew level students.

 

 

Chief Instructor (Power) Preston - Greg Norris

Primary Qualifications:

  • Yachtmaster® Offshore Instructor
  • Power Boat Instructor
  • VHF Marine Radio License Assessor
  • Diesel Engine Maintenance Assessor
  • Shorebased Navigation Instructor

 

Greg Norris is our Chief power baot Instructor for 1st ScotSail Training Ltd, both at our Scotland and North of England Training Centres.

Greg has been sailing for many years and has been a qualified Professional Yachtmaster® Instructor since the year 2000.  

Greg is also responsible for teaching RYA Shorebased Courses at Preston Marina under their own RYA Recognised Training Centre. Greg owns the 2nd Power boat used for tuition

 

 

 

 

 

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