Pippa the "Skippa"

Miramar Sailing School Chief Instructor

Who Is Pippa?

 Email: info@girlsgosailing.com»  
Tel: +1 (268) 721 3456
She is extremely good at Sail Training – Let her tell you herself.
I have been sailing for most of my life, and love teaching too. I have taught young sailors on Sail Training vessels, and adults at many different levels of skills – I am proud of the reputation I have established as a confident, competent skipper/instructor who is popular with students – as our feedback on our website confirms. Safety is one of my primary areas of focus on yachts – teaching people to love the sea and enjoy sailing responsibly. I’m never more at home than when I’m on a boat, and I look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Pippa has an impressive sailing background 

October 2010 – Present – Miramar Sailing School – Chief Instructor

  • Based in Antigua but cruising extensively throughout the Caribbean Island chain. We frequently undertake long, non-stop mile building passages. Antigua to Grenada 2 or 3 times a year for example.
  • RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, teaching all levels of Practical and Theory RYA Cruising Syllabus for Sail. I have successfully prepared many Yachtmaster candidates for exam.
  • RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Theory Instructor
  • RYA Power Boat  Instructor
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance Instructor
  • RYA SRC/VHF Instructor
  • RYA Radar Instructor
  • STCW

June 2006 – October 2010 – Miramar Sailing – Skipper, Co-Owner

  • Skippering charter yachts – around Antigua and the Leeward & Windward Islands with up to 4 guests
  • Responsible for maintaining the yacht at all times, and catering for guests

Previous Experience

  • I was first introduced to sailing in my early childhood by my Father – a passionate sailor. I had the fortune to grow up in a village on a river, where all the kids sailed dinghies at every opportunity – including in the winter months!
  • In the 1970s I worked as a Mate for the Island Cruising Club in Salcombe, S.Devon – cruising from UK to France & the Channel Islands. The yachts included “Hoshi” a 72’ Gaff Rigged Schooner and “Provident” now run by the Brixham Trawler Trust in S.Devon.
  • I sailed across the Atlantic to get my first taste of the Caribbean in 1978 – in a 30’ bilge keel boat!
  • I worked on a various vessels – mainly large sailing charter boats, including “Harbinger” a 90’ Sailing Ketch and “Fair Serae” a 100’ Schooner, as deck crew and also as cook.
  • I married a Merchant Navy Officer in 1979 and travelled with him on Commercial Cargo boats – frequently accompanying him on watch on the bridge, and participating in the duties of the watch.
  • At my kids’ school they had a dinghy club on an inland reservoir – I assisted with the running the club and the safety boat, as a volunteer.
  • The same school had an association with the Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) – I accompanied school parties on Sail Training adventures, and became a volunteer Mate with the OYT – in various 70’ ketches they had in the fleet, in different areas of the UK.
  • I went on several voyages with OYT, including sailing from Freemantle, Australia to Cape Town, South Africa on SV John Laing in 1996. My voyages with OYT spanned over 10 years, and I am still in touch with some of the students that I met on these trips.
  • After this I began sailing back in Devon – I became a mentor to a then novice female sailor who bought her own 28’ cruising yacht and wanted to ‘learn the ropes’  – she progressed to RYA Cruising Instructor, and together we have taught many women to sail informally, and enjoyed many ‘girls only’ adventures.
  • Since founding Miramar Sailing with my husband in 2006 I have sailed extensively in the Caribbean, including visits to the Grenadines, Barbados and North to the British Virgin Islands. There are not any Islands South of the BVI’s that I have not visited!
  • I skippered for an all girl race crew in Antigua Sailing Week as a relief skipper, at short notice, and we won the Best Women’s Crewed Yacht in 2012.
  • In 2017 I skippered our Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44’  “Phoenix” in the RORC Caribbean 600 Offshore race, and in 2015 I was mate of the watch on Volvo Ocean 60 “Cuba Libre” in the same event.
  • I have lost track of the nautical miles I have sailed – I stopped counting about 10 years ago, at about 50,000!

 Email: info@girlsgosailing.com»

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