We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41 feet. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself onboard an Elan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All if your time will be spent living as crew mates on your yacht. Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on board. On some events (e.g. races) we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person.
Here are two examples of the yachts we use for our courses and events:
Diamonds is an Elan 37, a racer-cruiser who is a fast, feisty lady complete with just enough curves for comfort in the cabin. Diamonds has three double cabins, and the saloon has a single bunk plus a convertible double berth… so we have room for 9 ladies on board! There is also a heads (nautical term for toilet) and a galley (kitchen). Not to mention the treat cupboard that is regularly stocked with goodies!
Diamonds has crossed the Atlantic 3 times and raced in some of the biggest events in the world. The Fastnet, Cowes Week, Round the Island, Cork Week, Antigua Race Week and many more have all seen Diamonds speeding around the race course- usually as one of the very few all-female crewed yachts!
General Layout of the Elan 37
Hot Stuff is a Beneteau First 40.7, another racer-cruiser design that doesn’t compromise on comfort whilst still staying quick on her feet. Hot Stuff has a similar layout to Diamonds, with three double cabins, and a single bunk and convertible double berth in the saloon for a total of 9 berths.
Hot Stuff completed her first trans-Atlantic trip on the ARC 2013 when she moved to her new home at our base in St.Lucia. Like Diamonds, Hot Stuff is a forgiving training boat and a competitive racing yacht- the perfect mix for our RYA students and aspiring racers!
General Layout of the Beneteau 40.7
This is a question we're often asked - and the answer is yes, in most cases you will find yourself sharing a cabin with another girl on the course or race event. Trust us, after a day of fun on the water you'll very quickly make friends and the idea of sharing a cabin won't seem nearly as daunting as it might seem on day one! Boats are surprisingly spacious - and when you realise that everyone really is in the same boat (terrible pun, we know) then actually it becomes more like a pyjama party or girls night in! If you're worried about snoring - or having to put up with someone else's, then we recommend you bring a set of ear plugs and after all that fresh air you're guaranteed to sleep like a baby!