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The South East of England

About Premier Sailing

Colin started sailing aged 10 with 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts and has continued to sail throughout his working life. “I am forever indebted to the Scout Troop for giving me the skills and encouragement to sail.” After a career in the Merchant Navy with Union Castle Line, Colin retrained and worked in industry and the third sector, notably with the National Trust where he looked after commercial activities including Steam Yacht Gondola, and with CREATE Tottenham where he worked with disadvantaged young people.

This passion for helping others to enjoy sailing and experience the thrill of sailing is shared by Jan, who worked with Midland Bank and the NSPCC before becoming an enthusiastic primary school teacher. Colin and Jan are passionate about giving anybody who would like it the opportunity to enjoy sailing. The world is a different place when at sea – no television – no mobile – no pressure. The constantly-changing scenery and wildlife are a wonder to behold.

One recent crew member (and long-time motorcyclist) commented, “I didn’t know you could have so much fun at 6 miles per hour!”

Andy Shorebased instructor

Andy spent many years as a yachtsman, First Responder and now a motorboater. He is our resident expert... [ more ]

Colin Principal

Colin trained in the Merchant Navy and sailed as an Engineer Officer with British and Commonwealth. As a... [ more ]

Rob Shorebased instructor

Rob learnt to sail on Windermere in his Mirror dinghy (a 9th birthday present) and then trained with... [ more ]

Jan The Boss

Jan hates to be in the limelight but without her skills and encouragement Premier Sailing would not exist... [ more ]

James IT Support

James is our resident website person. Like the rest of the family, James was brought up sailing and... [ more ]

Dave Practical Instructor

Dave trained with the Royal Navy and sailed with the RNR for many years. An RYA Yachtmaster Instructor... [ more ]