With the value of the UK currency falling against the Euro and US Dollar, this could be the year to come sailing in the UK. Essentially courses or cruises are about 30% cheaper than this time last year for people booking from abroad. Most of these courses are UK based but many organisations run cruises either from the UK or their bases abroad.
One school that offers a comprehensive package of courses and cruises is the British Offshore Sailing School based on the Hamble River near Southampton. In addition to their RYA courses, BOSS run cruises to the Channel Islands, the West Country, France, Spain and Southern Ireland. All of these can be paid for in sterling, which may be a big discount on the price from previous years with the current exchange rates.
BOSS can be contacted via their website: www.boss-sail.co.uk.
British yacht brokers are also finding business far more active than might be expected in the current economic climate as purchasers from abroad are coming to the UK buy up second hand yachts at prices greatly reduced compared to those in their home country.
With all the doom and gloom in the media regarding the general economic situation, it is easy to miss the positive points. If you have wanted to take an RYA sailing course or cruise in the UK, this may be the best year to do it!