Our Crew and Boat

Our Crew, Amanda and Iain, are both highly experienced skippers with years of experience. They are also fully qualified RYA Instructors and Amanda is a US Sailing Instructor.


Amanda helming - smallWith thousands of sea miles under her belt and a wealth of sailing experience Amanda is as happy skippering the yacht and commanding her crew as slaving in the galley creating something fabulous to feed her hungry shipmates.

Sailing is her passion and we’re pretty sure she has salty sea water running through her veins. A fully qualified sailing instructor, she has taught all over the world including the Caribbean, the United States, Great Britain, North Africa and The Mediterranean.

Always game for a laugh she’s a bubbly outgoing character who will keep you smiling whether she is Captain for the day or acting as galley wench and chief bottle washer.


Iain on the beach - smallKeeping you safe and sane, Iain is a salty old sea dog with thousands of sea-miles under his belt. Having trained when Nelson was tiny he now commands a wealth of sailing skills and knowledge.

Having previously worked as an instructor in Gibraltar and Germany, he also owned his own sailing school and has taught hundreds of people to sail. Many of whom have gone on to become sailing instructors in their own right.

Renowned for his booming voice which can be heard above crashing waves, he’s really just a big teddy bear!

Oh, and Nelson his cat who is now fifteen years old wears a fine patch on his left eye whenever he joins us for a sail.

Our Boat

Our boat, Great Escape, is a 36′ (11 metre) Bavaria sailing yacht. She is rigged as a sloop i.e. she has a main sail and a foresail. The foresail is roller furling and the main is loose footed with in-line slab reefing.

She has 3 cabins below deck, a well equipped galley and good sized saloon area. She also has a bathing platform and ladder for all you swimmers out there. Also most importantly she has an ice-cold fridge (essential for keeping the beer and fizz at the right temperature!)

Whilst we provide a relaxed, enjoyable and informal sailing adventure, safety is paramount. Great Escape is equipped to the highest UK MCA safety standards (Maritime & Coastguard Agency).

Along with all life saving equipment we provide life jackets and buoyancy aids for everyone on-board.