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Commodore Yachting Staff, RYA Instructors and Yachts.

Commodore Yachting is a RYA Sailing school based at Gosport Marina located in the historic Portsmouth Harbour. The company offers all RYA Sailing Courses and Solent Yacht Charter.

Commodore Yachting was started in 1999 and has steadily grown over the last 20 years from one yacht to its present size with six company owned Bavaria yachts and one yacht on management.

Jon and Tom are meticulous about maintaining the highest possible standards both in the maintenance and preparation of the yachts and the experienced instructors employed to teach both theory courses and practical sailing courses.

“We cannot control the wind, tides and weather of course but our years on the water mean that we can take advantage of the conditions or at least minimize their effects ensuring that safety is always paramount whilst at the same time learning and fun are top of the agenda”

All safety equipment and procedures are frequently updated, overhauled and inspected by the RYA.

Commodore Yachting has a team of full time staff as well as a small number of highly experienced freelance instructors. We are as committed to training our staff as well as RYA sailing school students. All employees have the opportunity to learn to sail or further their RYA training. Our freelance instructors are also experienced RYA Instructors, we tend to use a small number of instructors who have worked with us for several years.

What RYA Course Students have said about Commodore Yachting

Going from a complete beginner to very confident, would highly recommend Commodore to anyone! Simon, the instructor shared his vast experience in a friendly, patient but thorough manner making sure we were confident when the tests came around! Gave me loads of great advice and ideas, I can now see sailing becoming a great passion of mine!

The Team

School Principal

Stuart Cooper YMI Instructor / Examiner (Sail and Power)

Stuart Cooper is Principal of Commodore Yachting and Senior instructor. As a YMI and RYA Examiner he is well placed to advise students and help them choose the right training. He teaches many of the more advanced RYA sailing courses but will often be seen out on the water on a Start Yachting course or teaching Day Skippers.

He has a wealth of knowledge about sailing and yachts. At the end of the season he applies this to his own yacht where he can often be found down in the bilges or at the top of the mast.

Principal - Stuart Cooper
Principal - Stuart Cooper

Tomas Price YMI Chief Instructor

Tomas Price

Tom joined Commodore Yachting in February 2019. We are delighted to welcome him to the team!

What students have said about Tom:

Tom was very calm and full of top tips. I feel a lot more confident around the marina now!

Mandy – Boat Handling, March 2019

Great Instructor – thanks Tom.

Chris – Boat Handling, March 2019

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The Yachts

Commodore Yachting own a fleet of 7 Bavaria yachts with 2 further yachts on management. All are available for charter and most are used for teaching RYA sailing courses. You can find out all about the yachts on our Solent Yacht Charter pages.