RYA Sail Training

Registered RYA Training Centre

Never sailed before? Want to get involved?

We recommend you undertake our internationally recognised RYA Cruising Scheme courses.

If you are already an experienced crew or skipper and want progress your knowledge or brush up your skills before circumnavigating the world or a complete beginner, well, we offer courses for all abilities!

These are offered to all Club members at cost effective rates to encourage all to improve their skills, or to become certified via the Yachtmaster exam.

Also on offer is ICC for European recognition of your level of skill, essential for cruising outside of UK waters. – New members are welcome, and please note prices quoted include membership of CDYC. Existing members will receive a reduction equal to the adult membership subscription (currently £28) for any course booked.

We offer all levels of the RYA Cruising Scheme with full practical/theory courses / assessments including Yachtmaster (subject to demand).

You may also access this training as “OWN BOAT TUITION” – please ask for details.

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Roger Nasey – Principal rpnasey@btinternet.com

Charles Lyster (owner and operator of training vessel Driac) charles@sailandoar.org


Driac (pronounced Dry-ack) is a classic yacht built in 1930 and operates out of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales .

She is bermudian rigged and fully modern in the way she sails, but has the atmosphere and character which can only be experienced in a wooden vessel.

She has 5 berths so you will never have more than a 4:1 teaching ratio.

Driac is owned, skippered and maintained by Charles Lyster, a Yachtmaster Instructor who has many years’ experience of working with groups on the sea and in the mountains.

Driac is based at Milford Haven in Wales, one of the great natural harbours of the world, with its busy port, marinas, quiet anchorages, dramatic coast and islands to visit.

The Haven is also perfectly placed for cruising the Pembrokeshire coast of Wales, Lundy, Cornwall, the Scillies, Southern Ireland or further afield to Scotland or Brittany.

See http://www.driacclassicsailing.co.uk for more information. experience.

Or Driac-Classic-Sailing on Facebook

Shore Based Theory Courses

Our theory courses take place in the SARA teaching facility at Beachley, near Chepstow.

See RYA Shorebased Theory Courses and VHF DSC Radio Course for further details.

Mile Building in the SUN!

Should want to build on the skills learned in your course or just fancy a sailing holiday in the sun you could consider the Algarve, Portugal.

REFLEX is a commercially coded cruising yacht run by our Principal offered for skippered charter at very attractive rates, and can be viewed here : http://www.algarvesailing4u.co.uk

Happy students!

“Jerry & I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you so very much, for your instruction, we very much enjoyed the course, looking forward so much to Greece now, with more confidence, thanks to you."

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