Instructors Are Key
- Minimum two ocean crossings. Our guys know their offshore sailing;
- Minimum two seasons working with The Yacht Week. Our guys know how to have fun.
- Minimum two seasons working together. The bond between instructors is strong and the banter is real.
Working as skippers, lead skippers, route managers and instructors with The Yacht Week forms a bond that translates into the awesome culture everyone who has sailed with us talks about. For some other reasons to choose us, check out this page.
James Kell, Senior Instructor
James started sailing as a boy with his family in New Zealand. The Bay of Islands contains fantastic sailing grounds and is an excellent nursery for a sailor. Fast forward a few years, cross the Atlantic a few times, and James is now running things at Sailing Virgins.
Leaving corporate life in 2012, James spent a few summers working for legendary (and, in the best way, notorious) sailing events company The Yacht Week, including as Route Manager of Greece in 2015. James holds senior instructor qualifications with all of the top three global sailing organisations: ASA (Advanced Coastal Skipper and Catamaran Instructor), IYT and RYA (Yachtmaster Instructor).
“I love sailing and get a kick out of sharing what I know with people who are keen to learn.”
Rubrio Basilio, Sailing Instructor
Born and bred on the Portuguese island paradise of Madeira, as a boy Rubrio was never far from the water. Before he entered high school, Rubrio would sail long stretches with his father and brother in the ocean surrounding Madeira. More recently he has worked as part of the ground crew for several high profile sailing teams in the Volvo and Extreme Sailing Series. Rubrio has also worked as a skipper at The Yacht Week. Rubrio holds sailing instructor qualifications (including catamaran endorsement) with the American Sailing Association.
“Is this where I say something profound?”
Rubrio, callsign “Clooney” keeping it real
Dale Geddes, Sailing Instructor
“Is there anything better than getting smashed by a Force 9 sea-state while sitting on the rail in the dark crossing an ocean? If there is let me know.”