What our customers say at Girls for Sail

Read some of our fantastic feedback from just some of the ladies who have sailed with us!

"I was slightly anxious about doing my practical but Stef was great.  I learnt a lot and it was fun too. I thought this would be the end of my formal sailing training but I feel inspired to do more now.  Many thanks,"- Rebeca Ward, Day Skipper,  October 2016

"I was really nervous but Lizzie was extremely accommodating and gently encouraging." Helen Godfrey, Skills Weekend, June 2016

"An excellent five days - great trainer - girls alone!" Carolyn, RYA Competent Crew, June 2016

"Please can I add to my feedback for last weekend and ask you to pass on this to Lucinda. I just wanted her to know that she was inspirational on so many levels, so skilled at passing on her incredible knowledge and experience and I learnt so much - not just about spinnakers, but about sailing generally and had such a great time." Katie, Sail Trimming and Spinnaker Weekend, June 2016

"Just wanted to drop a short email with a big THANK YOU for my whole Girls for Sail experience. Starting with your very friendly and helpful advice planning my logistics and the fabulous experience with Sophie and Fran. I was particularly impressed with Sophie's ease and confidence whether resolving equipment on the boat, handling high seas while I personally was having a very dramatic sea sickness bout when lifting my head seemed impossible let alone doing anything on deck; or explaining for the 100th time exactly which rope she means and what is meant to be done with it. As a non swimmer and having never spent more than 7 hours on a boat at any one time I felt I learned masses and was getting to try out different positions on the boat with lots of guidance. Please pass my thanks again to Sophie and Fran for looking after the race and the trip back to the shore!" Lelda, RORC Morgan Cup 2016

"I came to learn to sail but left one week later with amazing friends. Thanks so much for the best few days"- Nina Luckman, Competent Crew, May 2016

"Learn a new skill

 Laugh a Lot

 Lose your inhibitions

 Leave tired but happy"- Susan Holcombe, Competent Crew, May 2016

"Really feel like I've got my foot on the first rung of the sailing ladder and I can't wait to continue my experience. Thank you so much ! "- Georgie Roberts , Beginners Weekend, May 2016

"I had reached the top of my profession and life was relatively within my grasp. However sailing forces me out of my comfort zone and girls for sail has equipped me with the skills necessary to sail with confidence"-Helen Skrine, Day Skipper, April 2016

"My daughter and I went for a day sail with Oriel on Tuesday. As well as organising fantastic sunshine and some wind, we thought Oriel looked after us extremely well. She was very tactful with my daughter which we both really appreciated. Please thank her for us and many thanks to GFS for a lovely day out." Janet & Sally, Day Sail, Mar 2016

"I surprised myself" - Libby Bentall, Competent Crew, March2015

"I've really enjoyed sailing with GFS and have learnt so much - I never would have had the confidence to give racing a go if Sophie hadn't suggested it on the day skipper week, and now I think I'm hooked! It's been brilliant to have the opportunity to move around the boat learning the different positions and has also been wonderful to meet so many amazing women. I'm sure I'll be back at some point for some more racing or training." Nia, Hamble Winter Series, 2015

"I had a great time, it really boosted my confidence and having a mixed capability and backgrounds made it more enjoyable so everybody mixed in well and supported each other. The RYA instructor was excellent and filled us all with confidence which added to our experience." Sue, RYA Competent Crew, Feb 2016

"Well done to the crew of Hot Stuff for completing the 2016 RORC 600! My wife and I were tracking your progress beginning with the opening gun. We were on the headland and saw you get underway. Our YB tracker kept us informed throughout. Many years ago I sailed on the three-masted barque, Endeavour II, and know what it’s like to be at sea with wind and sun and a lot of work as companions. At times tranquility reigned and at other times it was all rather terrifying. What you accomplished was no small feat. The tenacity you all demonstrated was wonderful and you and your skipper are to be congratulated." Jim, RORC Caribbean 600, March 2016

"A perfect learning environment – no pressure! " Helen, RYA Competent Crew Oct 2015

"Carol really stepped in and stepped up through the campaign, which was awesome, and I just love sailing with Sophie – she has a very calm authority on the boat, a lovely sense of humour and an excellent coaching style – I have a great deal of respect for both of them and they did a phenomenal job." Jemma, Fastnet Campaign 2015

"I came after having a very upsetting experience of day skipper theory and was incredibly nervous. Everyone was lovely and made me feel very welcome, right from the initial phone call. Amazing - thank you so much! Not only have I got through the qualification, but you have helped me regain my confidence!" Vicki, Day Skipper Theory 2015 

"Annie is a fantastic instructor. She explains everything very clearly and has endless patience and good humour. Despite the many times that we (the clients) got things wrong, Annie remained calm, professional, enthusiastic and encouraging." Catriona, Antigua Regatta March 2015

"I cannot fault Sophie or Emily. Sophie has a wonderfully calm and controlled manner, yet is obviously very competent and passionate about sailing. Emily was a bundle of fun yet clearly very able in her first role as first mate and spinnaker operator - I'm sure she'll do very well with GFS."  Eliana, Warsash Spring Series April 2015

"I absolutely loved it! I was a little nervous given the conditions but gained so much confidence through Lyssandra's amazing teaching and calm approach!" Nina, Manouevring Masterclass April 2015 

"Just to say another big thank you for my brilliant day skipper course a few weeks ago in April with Sophie. I had a fantastic time! Many thanks!" Emily, RYA April 2015

"I was the only comp crew with Olivia the apprentice. We were thrown in the deep end due to the weather. But together with the other three experienced women who were on the Day Skipper course, we very quickly made for a fun and supportive team of each other. The week has given me an entry back into what it feels to be living again." Wendelien, RYA Oct 2014

"Although I was initially nervous, I left feeling exhilarated by the whole experience.  Gaining friends and knowledge.  Highly recommend anyone to rise to the challenge." Suzanne, RYA July 2014

"I just wanted to write to say a huge thank you for a fantastic five days sailing last week! The whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable and far exceeded my expectations - I thought it was incredibly professional, well organised and I loved all the little attentions to detail. A word about Nikki - well what can I say other than awesome?! One of the best sailing instructors I’ve ever had (and there’ve been a few) - she was amazingly competent, calm, clear and careful. In other words a bit of a sailing superstar!" Sephi, RYA UK July 2014

"What a great week it was! I really enjoyed it. Thank you all for everything - the warm welcome, the friendly, relaxed atmosphere, the patience of the instructors - and the female touch which put us all more in our comfort zone!" Alex, RYA UK, July 2014

"Just wanted to send a quick thank you for last week! Nikki and Sarah were great. I had a wonderful time and have officially caught the sailing bug." Francesca, RYA UK July 2014


"Thank you so much for just the best weekend. It was everything I wanted. Fab instruction. Fab company. Even lovely weather. I was so chuffed that you had faith in me to leap off and do lines". Diane, Skills and Experience Weekend June 2014

"Rooby was a gifted and excellent Skipper, Carol was brilliant she was patient and showed skills when needed never getting cross giving me confidence as my skills were very rusty and didn’t realize how much I’d forgotten in 10 years." Sue, Round the Island Race June 2014

"We all had a truly amazing time with [our skipper] Sophie O'Neill on Diamonds are Forever! Sophie is an incredibly patient and kind person, fantastic teacher and guru. We didn't want the week to end."  Lucy, RYA UK June 2014

''Our trainer Lyssandra was the best. Her patience was amazing and her instruction was clear and well constructed.'' Gail, RYA UK April 2014

''Thank you to GFS and especially Nikki.  She is an outstanding teacher/skipper and her inate ability to coach an 'older' group of ladies is just incredible!'' Anita, RYA St. Lucia March 2014

''The most perfect 5 days of teamwork – 6 strangers coming together to with one goal in mind – to sail the Solent and to sail it together!'Sharon, RYA UK 2014

"I am so impressed with Nikki - she is always in absolute control even under pressure and manages to do it with the strength of leadership and deliver it with humour! I saw her manage personalities and work psychology like a professional coach. Not to mention her maintenance are repair skill. She seems to enjoy every aspect of her job from greasing a winch to the clients/friendships to excellent sailing and teaching.As for Sarah - super 1st mate! Her and nikki are an awesome team. Sarah too displays a great character and an aptitude for mechanical and just getting the job done. And then there is that big smile! I had so much fun! I have already encouraged a friend to sign up to GFS event! I hope to see you girls again!!!" Monique Feb Caribbean 2014

''There were many things to recommend the course including our amazing, knowledgable, calm and lovely skipper Nikki, whose compassion, dedication, professionalism and patience were exceptional. With very little fuss she managed the boat and a group of smart and assertive women with a maturity that did her great credit.'' Val, RYA St. Lucia 2014

''Well organised, motivating, supportive.  Girls, this has to be a really good idea!'' Lyn, RYA St. Lucia 2014

"It was everything I had hoped it would be; Nikki is an awesome skipper and teacher. I am so glad I did it although many of my colleagues and family still don't understand why anyone would put themselves through it at all!" Sue ARC 2013

"Great sailing, great company, great instruction and most importantly great wine!" Nicole, RYA UK 2013

"I've been on two trips (so far) with Girls for Sail and I have had the best time meeting new people from all over the world. I highly recommend them as a safe and fun way for women to experience the joy of sailing!" Charlotte, RYA Caribbean 2012 and Grenada Sailing Week 2013

"There is nothing better than the yacht gaining speed and feeling the wind in your face – the whole team at GFS made it so easy to leave everything unnecessary on shore and concentrate on building up the skills and the confidence to enjoy that feeling and have fun. Fabulous!" Katharina, RYA UK 2013

"I learned such a lot in such a short space of time and I look forward to sailing with GirlsforSail again" Mandy, RYA UK 2013

"I should have done this years ago; one off the bucket list...Next the ARC!!" Maggie, Heineken Regatta 2013

"I can't tell you what a fantastic time I've had; very sad to leave. Will be back out there soon!" Allison, Grenada Regatta 2013

"I can't tell you how much fun we had! If you want to do something out of your comfort zone, try this - it was really something different for me and I highly recommend it!" Viv, RYA St Lucia 2013

"I had a fantastic time, most memorable and intend to book next year as soon as 2014 is on the calendar!!" Tanya RYA St Lucia 2013

"I think it's safe to say that we all had a brilliant time thank you! I don't think I've ever enjoyed a combination of learning a new skill with so much fun before!" Fiona RYA Competent Crew St Lucia 2013

"We had a fantastic time with the best skipper we could have wished for. The NHS need Annie to teach them calm and respect for others! We could not have chosen a better company, thank you!" Helen, RYA Competent Crew St Lucia 2013

"Thanks Annie!  Cowes week was one of the best experiences ever...I've just bought a wee squib...wouldn't have doen that if it wasn't for all the motivation and encouragement that still lingers on inside 4 years later! That's quite incredible and I'm so grateful for what you have given to sailing and for all the friendships that have developed from that week!" Karen Cowes Week

"Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for a wonderful weekend and to say how much Sue and I enjoyed the time spent with you and the rest of the crew. Your encouragement, praise and enthusiasm was fantastic and we really enjoyed your company. Thank you also for your wonderful hospitality, you made us feel really welcome and almost 'competent'!" Gill RYA Competent Crew Sept 2012

"Thank you for making my introduction to sailing a great experience, from my initial phone call to Jan and the subsequent booking and joining the boat it has been a smooth and efficient process. I had a wonderful week ,Skip Rooby was fantastic .Calm ,with clear concise teaching repeated many times with patience for the slower learners(me!) Rooby always had a smile on her face despite some difficult situations!The week far exceeded my expectations  and i feel i have been taught the basics,the fear factor has gone and am even looking forward to my next time on the water ! I would and have recommended GFS to other ladies and hope to see you again in the future." Cathy RYA Competent Crew Course June 2012

"I've just woken up this morning after arriving home last night from my totally amazing 5 days of cruising the channel on Diamonds with Rooby and the other girls. My first thought when I woke up was how much I enjoyed myself last week and so I had an urge to tell you!" Click for more....

"Just a quick line to say Girls for Sail rocks!!! I had a fantastic time last week, Rooby was amazing as our skipper, her calm and clear instruction taught me more in 5 days than I'd learnt in 12 months cruising in the West Indies. We all made good friends on board - the only downer was when we had to get off and say goodbye! Thanks so much." Alison, RYA June 2011

"Really excellent; friendly; professional; great atmosphere among the women; 50% were purely individual travellers, and the others were a group of 3 and a group of 2 - but there was no 'clique-iness' between those who knew girlsforsail and those for whom it was the first time.  Really impressed with Annie, her ethos, her teaching ability (especially day 3 after the race when we had more time); loved the way she would let people try things for themselves; loved her philosophy of looking out for each other / no such thing as a silly question / and have fun - no small feat when the gusts were 37knts at one point!" Suzy, Round the Island 2011

"Excellent tuition in a fun and relaxed atmosphere." Ellen, RYA Day Skipper June 2011

"Many thanks to the GFS team for 5 fab weeks sailing in the Caribbean - I had a wonderful time, great sailing, great parties and so many laughs with some super people and I'd do it all again in a heartbeat." Janet, Caribbean Core Crew 2011

"I had an absolute ball at St Barth's regatta racing with the Girls For Sail crew. We worked hard racing during the day, partied hard at night and discovered new friends and places. Annie is a terrific skipper, leader and motivator."  Jenni, Les Voiles 2011

"Absolutely superb Round the Island Race 2011, weather challenging to say the least but huge thanks to Annie and her team (you know who you are!) for making the race and weekend a memorable one as usual. I will be back for more sailing very soon ...." Karen, Round the Island 2011

"I just wanted to thank Rooby and Harriet at Girls for Sail for a great week in the BVI. We did a lot of fun things, I got reacquainted with sailing techniques and mostly I had a chance to relax from a very stressful job and home life." Bernie, Antigua to USVIs 2011

"I had a great time.  It was a lot of fun and I would love to do it again." Susan, Grenada Sailing Festival 2011

"It was a great 1st "real sailing" experience for me & something I'll remember forever" Joy, Caribbean Learn to Sail 2011

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