Skipper Hire and Instruction

Need a skipper or Instructor? Want to improve your boat handling or your sailing skills? However you want to improve we have the Skipper or Instructor you need!

Qualified and Commercially Endorsed Skippers and Instructors. Experienced and professional!

Here’s a list of the some of the services we provide:

  • Sail Training and Sail Trim – from absolute beginner to personalised refresher sessions
  • Boat handling Sail and Motor – Fine tune and learn to confidently execute maneauvures within the harbour where everyone is watching
  • Safety – Understanding and use of on board safety equipment is vital, not only for keeping your crew safe but also for your own peace of mind
  • Man Overboard – MOB pickup, a skill everyone needs to perfect. Hardly ever needed, but when it is, could be the difference between life and death
  • Navigation – both paper and electronic, A to B seems simple enough until you get lost!
  • Boat and Engine Maintenance – These are skills that have got us out of trouble many times, why not learn from our experiences and do the same for yourself and crew.

Have a look at our testimonials page to see some what some competent and confident sailors have to say about learning with Thumbs Up

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I had the joy and the privilege to get my day skipper licence with Matt as my instructor. Matt is not only a very knowledgeable and experienced skipper but through his personality and charisma has an amazing way of transmitting above and beyond what you would normally learn in a safe,  relaxing and friendly manner…
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Stratos Neromyliotis

Day Skipper

A friendly instructor with a relaxed but professional approach to teaching. Matt has a huge amount of knowledge and experience. Me and my daughter went on to gain our RYA qualifications and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Thumbs Up!
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Steve and Ana

Day Skipper & Competent Crew

We were a mixed group. Some of us wanted to sunbathe, some to learn to sail, some to chill and chat. Matt looked after each of us brilliantly – all while skippering the boat at the same time. He made it seem effortless and that put us all at ease.
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John Ascott

Day Skipper

CNB 76 Yacht Delivery Barcelona to Gibraltar and back

CNB 76 Yacht Delivery Barcelona to Gib and back With a really favourable forecast late in the season we didn't hesitate to get out and to sea as soon as the 3 crew had arrived. Having a total of 4 of us on board meant that we weren't too concerned about resting up...

Refit of Dehler 41 Mallorca

Pippin of Lymington is a fantastic Dehler 41 that performs fantastically under sail. The owners requested we deliver her to Greece, lying in Palma de Mallorca, we were able to go and check on her condition months before the ETD, and that turned out to be very...

Yacht Delivery Mallorca- Targa 47 – Cala d’or to Andratx for Gardiennage

It feels like its early in the season, but in honesty, we're well overdue being back out on the water. Here's a couple of photos of our delivery of a Targa 47 to Andratx, Mallorca. We took charge of the handover on the owners' request, due to them not being able to be...

Axopar 28 – Mallorca – tourism is returning and with it some work!

Great to be back to it! With clients now planning trips out to Mallorca again. It's time to get their boats ready. This Axopar 28 is now back in the water after a quick antifoul and polish. With the covid backlog we only had a few days, but it felt great to get her...

Rig Clean and Washdown Swan 78 – Badalona

Full rig clean and washdown of Swan 78. Only a few years old this incredible boat is in immaculate condition. But there's only one way to keep it like that. Regular washdowns using only manufacturer approved products. Ignoring this could potentially put the...

Gardiennage Swan 78 Storm Gloria

On board Nautor Swan 78 during Storm Gloria. We were battered  relentlessly by Storm Gloria for nearly 72 hours. See videos below to get an idea how that looks! Fortunately having someone on board 24/7 meant no damage. Unlike many of the boats around us!

Nautor Swan Yacht Delivery – Sicily to Mallorca – Mediterranean Yacht Delivery

Thumbs Up Yachting is proud to announce the delivery of a Nautor Swan 78 from Milazzo, Sicily to Porto Petro, Mallorca. A mediterranean yacht delivery in Autumn can be interesting. Average wind and rainfall is at a yearly high. Add to this the Nautor Swan 78 with its...

I completed the RYA Competent Crew course with Matthew in Spring 2019. He is a fantastic instructor who helped to build confidence and teach the course material, whilst also making the course a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Any and all questions I had were answered with clarity and patience and when tested on course content, all feedback was constructive and very helpful. 

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