The Guernsey Sailing Trust was established in 1988 to enable local children from all walks of life to experience and enjoy the fun and challenges involved with sailing, as well as to make the sport accessible to all.
Over the years the Trust, with constantly improving facilities and resources, has been able to expand the training it provides to cover all aspects of sailing, seamanship and navigation.
The Guernsey Sailing Trust is a Royal Yachting Association Recognised Training Centre, which means that it is required to maintain the safety and teaching standards laid down by the RYA and undergoes annual inspections to ensure these conditions are fulfilled.
During school term time the Sailing Trust is fully occupied in teaching sailing to the Islands Secondary and Junior Schools. Throughout the school holidays, various water-based RYA courses are run and are open to anyone who would like to learn to sail, from the age of 6. These courses are extremely popular and are booked up very early in the year. To avoid disappointment, many people have joined the Friends of the Sailing Trust, which offers them priority booking and discounts when the courses are first advertised. For further information on how to become a Friend please go to the Friends page or download the Friends standing order form below.
Meet the Team
The Guernsey Sailing Trust has three full-time members of staff and many more instructors and assistant instructors during the busy summer months.
Rich Klein has been the Principle of the Guernsey Sailing Trust since 2015. He is a RYA Coach Assessor, Senior Instructor and Windsurf Trainer. " The sea is on our doorstep in Guernsey so it makes sense to me to make the most of it and learn to have safe fun out there. I really enjoy all watersports and would encourage all to have a go."
Clare is the Chief Instructor at the Sailing Trust and the Sports Development Officer. Clare takes charge of most of the school groups that visit the trust. Clare is also a Race Coach Level 3 and offers race training courses to help sailors further develop their skills.
Sarah is the Office Manager and the newest member of the Sailing Trust team. Sarah is an RYA Dingy Instructor (Racing Endorsement) and has over 10 years experience as a teaching and many more as a sailor. While predominantly running the office, she will also be found on the water and running courses.