Set sail from Stone!

Have you ever fancied chartering a yacht and sailing off into the sunset?

Now you can start from Stone.

Of course, you could set out at sunrise – either way there is now a new opportunity for you to take the first big step to becoming an RYA-qualified sailing yacht or motor boat skipper.

Stafford Coastal Cruising Club (SCCC) has teamed up with Lichfield-based Splash Adventure to provide evening classes for the RYA Day Skipper Theory course at Oulton, Stone.

The two-hour classes start on Wednesday, October 3, and run through until April 2019 with breaks for Christmas and New Year. SCCC members will enjoy a 10 per cent discount on the course fee (normally £380).

The course is designed to teach complete beginners a wide range of traditional navigation skills, safety and weather forecasting, as well as the use of GPS chart plotters, VHF radio and other modern electronic aids to navigation and safety, which are now a large part of skippering a boat. SCCC’s Commodore, Phil Osman said:

“This new partnership between SCCC and Splash Adventure marks an exciting stage in the development of our club, providing new opportunities to study locally for RYA qualifications. We are also planning for the RYA Day Skipper practical course to be offered in partnership with Splash Adventure so that anyone who has completed the theory course will be fully prepared to charter their own yacht.”

Stafford Coastal Cruising Club members have yachts and motor launches located at various bases in the UK and overseas, but you do not have to own a boat to join the club. The club regularly arranges for members to charter yachts, and a group undertook a summer cruise in the Solent in August aboard the yacht pictured.

Anyone wishing to join the SCCC/Splash Adventure Day Skipper course at the reduced rate should contact the club Vice-Commodore, Mike Goodwin, by emailing or phoning 07817 122491. More general enquiries about club membership should be directed via the ‘contact us’ facility on the club website at