Girls for Sail is seeking an apprentice to join our team and train to be a sailing instructor! The ideal candidate will have a sailing/dinghy background but no experience is necessary to take part. You will be looking to develop your experience in order to become skipper in charge of your own yacht for Girls for Sail as you race/cruise around the UK & Caribbean circuits. You will be considering a career in the industry, perhaps as a sailing instructor, but definitely dealing with people and boats. The successful completion of our Internship / Apprenticeship will enable you to become one of our permanent full time RYA sailing Instructors for our 2017 seasons in the UK and the Caribbean.

The outline plan

Sept - April          UK based – RYA courses, onshore management of yachts to code, regatta mate & regatta support

May                         Atlantic Crossing as mate

July- Sept            RYA train & Qualify

What we need

YOU will be – competent, reliable, flexible and dedicated. Above all you must be an absolute professional. Sailing can be tough - you will need to be flexible and able to solve problems as they arise. You need to be quick thinking and practical and willing to get stuck in to any task.  Attitude is more important to us than qualifications.


How you benefit/why Girls for Sail

1.       We care about you personally. You will be looked after and mentored primarily by our qualified Cruising Instructors and previous apprentices.

2.       You get hands-on experience. It’s still a whole lot harder for ladies to get into the industry. We understand this. You will have been ultimately responsible for a 40.7 foot yacht under many conditions and will have experienced being the second-in-command on RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses.

3.       You will know all about yachts by the end of the programme. Your duties will also include maintenance of yachts to RYA/MCA standards. This means wherever you take your qualification you will speak with confidence about every part of a yacht from its sails (and how to look after them) to rudder bearings to engines – you will be learning about the yacht you live on and learning how to maintain them to be safe.


REMEMBER: Attitude is more important to us than qualifications!


If you are interested in this opportunity, please call our office direct on

+44 (0)1983 28 28 67



* We do not plan for you to be on the boat for every racing event but will ensure you are on the right event that gains you the experience you need to become an instructor at the end of the programme 


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