Saturday 29 February 2020

RYA Sailing Courses from Barcelona Palamos with Blue Oyster Sailing 2020 34 629 881 923

Blue Oyster Sailing RYA Sailing Courses Barcelona Palamos
New from 2020 we now deliver our RYA Sailing Courses and Power Boat Training from Club Nautic Costa Brava Marina Palamos. Training area for our RYA Sailing Courses is Port Olimpic, Palamos, L'Escala, Bay Of Rosas and Cadeques all weather permitting. RYA Courses start every Monday board on Sundays, Fast Track Day Skipper and Day Skipper Combined start every Saturday and Monday board the night before. We offer airport transfers direct to yachts and you can add any additional training that you wish from VHF SRC, Power Boat and First Aid.

Friday 25 January 2019

Fast Track Day Skipper Students pass their RYA Courses with Blue Oyster Sailing then go Mile Building!

Out on the water with Dan and Kevin at the helm
Well done to Kevin, Alexander, Kester, Benoit, Matilda and Joe who all successfully completed their RYA Day Skipper Training in January 2019 with BOS. Kevin  and Benoit then went mile building aboard SY Dogstar and are now passing through the Straits of Gibraltar en route to Portugal. The students aboard Joe, Benoit, Kevin, Eric, and Nona are all completing their 2500 offshore miles and qualifying passages for RYA Yachtmaster. Leg one completed with one stop in Marina Del Este. We offer Fast Track Courses for RYA Day Skippers Coastal Skippers and our 14/15/17 week courses for Power and Sail. Contact us here for full details.

Yacht Isavena is available exclusively for Bareboat Charters to our RYA Day Skipper Students in 2019

Isavena Jeanneau 45 availble to our Fast Track Students
Blue Oyster Sailing Students now have the opportunity to charter our Jeanneau 45 Isavena Bareboat this year. Isavena is available to holders of RYA Day Skipper Licences and BOS offers its students a discount on her charter. This year if you complete a course of training with us Isavena is available to charter from our Palamos Charter Base. Fast Track Day Skipper Courses 9 or 14 days start every week and include RYA Competent Crew RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA Day Skipper Practical. For qualifying nationals we'll help you apply for your ICC. Contact us here for further charter and RYA Course information.

Saturday 10 November 2018

Christmas RYA Courses and Fast Track Yachtmaster start every Monday from Barcelona and Gibraltar Bases

RYA Courses and Fast Track - Power and Sail 2019
Blue Oyster Sailing RYA Courses start every Monday board on Sundays all year. Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019 we have RYA practical Courses running and RYA Shore based Theory Courses. With have a range of yacht options available including training and mile building aboard our Multi hull Ginesta a stunning 40 foot catamaran based Palamos the Christmas sailing options are endless. Warm Mediterranean sunshine and easy flights into Barcelona make a holiday break this Christmas an obvious choice. Email us here for details of our Christmas Charters and RYA Training Courses or call +34 629 881 923

Sunday 25 February 2018

Tidal Mile Building and Adventure Sailing Three Weeks 1250 Qualifying Tidal Miles from Gibraltar £1785

RYA Instructor Graham with  Fast Track Jez and Shanyl
Blue Oyster Mile Building Yacht SY Dogstar MCA Coded based in Queensway Quay Gibraltar is available all year for Tidal Mile Building and Qualifying 60 Mile Passages with RYA Instructor aboard. Jez, Shanyl, Hamish, Alex and Ina have all just completed a 3 week mile build which took in Cadiz (Spain) Lagos (Portugal) and Morocco amongst many other destinations including Ceuta and Mellile. During this time they completed RYA 60 mile qualifying passages sailed by day and night under continuous RYA Instructor supervision and managed to visit 15 different ports in the period.

If you need Tidal miles for commercial use contact us here we sail every Monday all year. The tariff per 7 day week is £695 for 7 days sailing fully inclusive all meals aboard, fuel, moorings, own berth, bedding, safety gear and RYA Skipper. For further information email here.

Monday 12 February 2018

RYA Catamaran Training with RYA Instructors - Book your RYA Catamaran Instructor NOW for 2018 +34 629 881 923

RYA Tuition is available on our 40ft Catamaran
RYA Catamaran Training is available now from Blue Oyster Sailing. Our RYA Instructors are available to teach you all the differences between sailing a mono hull and getting the best out of your Catamaran Yachting Holiday this year. If you've already booked your Catamaran Holiday now is the time to book your Catamaran Training with our RYA Instructors. Our Catamaran is located near to Barcelona and can be easily reached from both Barcelona International and Girona Barcelona Airports. Ginesta is also available for bare boat and Skippered Charter just email here for details.

Thursday 21 December 2017

BOS reference from students sailing in The Bay Of Rosas Costa Brava Spain December 2017 - Happy Christmas All!

Dan FT, Chris CC, Charlie DSP, Shanyl FT Dec 2017
Hey Susie,
Just writing to thank you for a fantastic course. We got lots of sailing in despite the bad weather early in the week and I really enjoyed the experience. I have to say most of what I learned came from Dan the duty skipper as he was around all the time to answer questions and have general sailing chat after the days instruction. Steve was a great teacher and obviously very experienced, great to oversee what we were doing and keep us right. I was also very fortunate to be with guys doing Day Skipper and Yachtmaster so gained an insight into those courses. I will definitely recommend Blue Oyster Sailing to others and hope to be back for my Day Skipper Practical. It was a fantastic way to spend a December week, Edinburgh is very cold ;-)

Best wishes and thanks Chris Yorkston RYA Competent Crew BOS Barcelona December 2017

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Congratulations to Henner who successfully completed his RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail and Power with BOS today.

Dan and Henner sailing aboard SY Aurora Barcelona
At the helm on SY Aurora Henner all the way from Namibia prepping for his RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail which he successfully completed on 5th December 2017 and then passed his RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Motor Crossover with BOS Barcelona. 'Hi guys please tell David (RYA Examiner) my sincerest appreciation and thank you for everything. He has a wealth of knowledge that I want to fall back on it's beer time. Cheers to you guys thanks for all, pretty excited to tell you the truth! Thanks again a million for everything to the two of you. Really much appreciated your assistance and guidance through the last weeks. Been really cool. Hakuna Matata - Henner RYA/MCA Master Of Yachts 200gt Power and Sail

Thursday 16 November 2017

RYA Day Skipper 14 Day Fast Track and 9 Day Combined Courses with BOS Gibraltar and Barcelona 2017/18

Hi Susie 
Hans Sorensen revising aboard BOS Yacht

Now on my way back home from a very nice vacation. I joined Blue Oyster Day Skipper Practical and Theory in Gibraltar. My practical trainer a very skilled sailor and has excellent skills in teaching and passing on his knowledge. I learned a lot from him, so now I feel skilled and safe going on my own as captain on yacht. And as an extra bonus he knows the Gibraltar history and he is a very nice person to be with, great guy. We had a great crew and an amazing week that I will never forget.

My best recommendation:) RYA Day Skipper Theory with Duncan Pell. He made me work hard every day never gave me a chance to slip away. Very qualified in teaching sailing theory. Made me feel secure in navigating and all other procedures related to being a captain. Interesting person to be with we had many great talks.

Days I will never forget.
Best Regards Hans H. Sørensen BOS RYA Day Skipper.

'You can complete these courses at either of our Bases and all courses are now Tidal. With an easy transfer between Gibraltar and Barcelona you may also split the courses and sail at both bases.'

Tuesday 14 November 2017

RYA Fast Track Students Alex and Jimmy successfully completed their RYA Offshore Exams +34 629 881 923

Hi Susie, Mark, 
Sorry we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye.
Just wanted to thank you again for the course. Had a great time. Wishing you all the best… and some rest over the coming weeks.

Jimmy and Alexander completed their RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exams with BOS.

Well done to Alex and to Jimmy who are both now commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Skippers.

If you need information about our RYA Fast Track Courses email here.

Monday 22 May 2017

Blue Oyster Review Alan Loy and Friends returning to sail with Blue Oyster Gibraltar May 2017

Alan Loy and Friends returning to Gibraltar 
Hi Susie,
Thanks for this. We had a great day – The wind picked up from zero so had a cruise across to the beach for lunch then a tour out round Europa point. The guys all enjoyed the trip and also enjoyed meeting Graham, who had worked very hard to be there! Regards Alan Loy

Saturday 25 February 2017

BOS RYA Day Skipper Students Chris, Grazziano, Peter and Simon Sailing aboard our Beneteau Oceanis 43 17th Feb

Chris Lamer, Grazziano, Peter Henderson and Simon Ferrier
Hi Susie,
Many thanks, I arrived back just before midnight on Friday, tired but it was a smooth drive back. It was a great week, lots of good comradery and Steve was an excellent tutor. Friday afternoon's sail back from L'Escala when the wind picked up was a great finish to the week. I got lots out of the week and learnt all the things I wanted to do to start some sailing on yachts with the family this summer. I am interested in doing the coastal skipper, probably next year and will keep in touch. Kind regards, Simon

Hi Guys, Thanks . I did have a great week, and will keep in touch re future courses . Until then, Christian

Thank you, I had a great time. Steve sets a very good example. There’s so much for me to learn and I’d like to do this as soon as possible. PS.  I should have emphasised that i do very much appreciate the flexibility that you demonstrated, since I booked my course well over a year ago, and that I intend to take as many of my future courses with your school. Cheers, Peter

Sunday 12 February 2017

RYA Yachtmaster Fast Track Students Harvey and Ferran Pass their RYA/MCA Master Of Yachts 200gt Well Done!

Harvey and Ferran PASS their RYA Yachtmaster Exams
Congratulations to Harvey and Ferran both in photo far right who successfully completed their final RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exams today. Well done from all the BOS Instructors - 15 weeks Training in Gibraltar and Barcelona have been well rewarded. Harvey is heading back to work aboard his Super Yacht and Ferran to Barcelona and a new career in the Yachting Industry.

Nate (left) crewed and his RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Assessment is next after a spell sailing with our BOS Gibraltar Team aboard Sailing Yacht Dogstar. Contact us here to join our Fast Track Yachtmaster Program and 'Train for Work' in 2017.

Thursday 9 February 2017

Around the Table for a Well Deserved Evening Meal for Blue Oyster Students February 2017

Around the table aboard our Beneteau Oceanis 43 John, Noah, Nate, Grazziano, Chris and Harvey all
Nate, Grazziano, Chris, Harvey and BOS Students 
discussing the complexities of their RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Assessments......or are they? Good to see smiling faces after a day at sea and more importantly they really are studying. Today 9th February 2017 Harvey and Ferran (not in photo) are taking their final RYA Yachtmaster 200 gross ton assessments. Everyone else in the photo is offshore sailing tonight. Join us in Barcelona and Gibraltar for professional RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Training qualifications that are recognised worldwide. Email here for further information.

Wednesday 25 January 2017

Mile Build 20th February 2017 with Blue Oyster Sailing Gibraltar Morocco Portugal Spain +34 629 881 923

Mile Building 20th February Gibraltar Portugal Spain
Blue Oyster Sailing Mile Builder from Gibraltar 20th February 2017 for 1 or 2 weeks. Sailing from Queensway Quay we'll be completing Skippered Passages and Tidal Mileage Training from our base in Queensway Quay Gibraltar. You will be sailing aboard our Beneteau Oceanis 473 large ocean going yacht fully equipped to RYA/MCA Specifications. Your RYA Instructor Gerrit will be aboard and able to sign off all miles and passages. Sailing area weather permitting Gibraltar Morocco Portugal and Atlantic Coast of Spain. If you would like to join us from our Gibraltar base just email here or call +34 629 881 923 for additional information.

Wednesday 4 January 2017

Blue Oyster Sailing RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Fast TrackPLUS Course Christmas 2016/17 +34 629 881 923

John, Eddie, Jonathan and Patrick BOS Fast Track 
Congratulations to John, Eddie, Jonathan and Patrick who all successfully completed their BOS RYA/MCA Fast Track Yachtmaster Courses just before New Year 2016/17. Eddie and Jonathan went on to complete their MCA Stcw BST Courses prior to having a well earned break. Eddie is now in Australia on a 7 month gap year well qualified to work in the yachting world down under with his RYA/MCA Qualifications.

Eddie's Father Toby sent a quick appraisal of his time here. "Dear Susie, Just a quick note to thank you for all you have done for Ed over the last months, he has become a confident young man under your guidance."

Well done to all and a big thank you to all the BOS RYA Instructors who made their success possible.

Saturday 12 November 2016

Rab passes his RYA Day Skipper Combined Course with Blue Oyster Barcelona 6th November 2016

Rab McEwan left with Kim Lucas and Evegyn
Hello Susie, 

I'm off the boat now and going to head off direct from Duncan's (BOS RYA Shorebased Theory Instructor). I have left the boat plugged in, and done a little tidy up, I hope it's all ok?

Thanks to you and Mark for a great experience it's all worked out very well so far!

Kind regards
Rab McEwan

Rab successfully completed his RYA Day Skipper Combined Course with BOS Barcelona on 6th November 2016.

Thank You! Blue Oyster Sailing +34 972 662 494 Barcelona and Gibraltar

Caroline Renfro Centre with Fast Track Harvey and Alex
Hi Susie,

I just wanted to say thank you.

I really enjoyed the Competent Crew course. Steve (RYA Instructor) was great, the experience and the comfort level I gained were incredibly rewarding.

I'd like to come back to take the day skipper course. I'm not entirely sure when but I've been thinking about spending the month of my 35th birthday (March this coming year) traveling in Spain and would love to know what availability you have (at both locations-I might want to sail from Gibraltar if the weather is too cold in Barcelona Palamós because I'm a wimp) for that month. If the timing works I think it would be a great way to celebrate my birthday. If the timing doesn't work we'll find a time that does!

Sent from my eleventyfifth iPhone because I love water and hate having money

Sunday 25 September 2016

Blue Oyster Sailing Students James from Ireland and Daria from Russia aboard BOS Yacht Dogstar September 2016

James and Daria aboard Blue Oyster Yacht SY Dogstar
Hi Susie, Thanks a million for a great week in Palamos sailing SY Dogstar last week. Great boat, great instructor and great crew. Delighted to have passed the Day Skipper course. Best regards to all at Blue Oyster Sailing and hope to see you all again soon. (Photo is James Dempsey & Daria Isaeva).

Best regards,

Facilities Manager Ireland

Sunday 18 September 2016

Alistair Russell BOS RYA Day Skipper Practical Course
Dear Susie

I would just like to give you some feedback on last weeks Day Skipper course that I attended.
The boat was ideal for the number of people on it, well stocked with all the refreshments and food we needed. The sailing route we took was spectacular, giving us a great week of sailing.

Moving on to our instruction. I would like to thank Steve for his seemingly never ending patience. His knowledge knows no bounds. I personally gained a huge amount of information and sailing experience day by day. I know this will make me a better sailor and enable me to get the most out of future sailing opportunities.

Could you please forward this to Steve as I have no contact details for him and let him know that the Reeds Skipper Handbook has been ordered and will be fully utilised. Once again many thanks for a well organised course.

I will happily recommend Blue Oyster Sailing.

Kind regards Alistair Russell BOS RYA Day Skipper Practical Course August 2016

Friday 26 August 2016

Erica, Peter and Angus pass their RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Assessments

Erica passes her RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Course with BOS
Congratulations from BOS to Erica who passed her RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Course following 7 weeks of BOS Fast Track Training and to Angus from Australia and Peter from Denmark RYA Yachtmaster Coastal. All of our students gave a first class account of themselves during the assessment. Their RYA Examiner David Gray MRIN sent this message to the students:

Hi Guys - Well done and thanks for getting on top of your Colregs. A very important part of the exam.  The quality of your training was evident. Time to do your own thinking and decision making now. Good luck in your endeavours. I enjoyed being with you.

David Gray RYA/MCA Offshore and Ocean Examiner MRIN

Sunday 29 May 2016

Will Stewart Passed his BOS RYA Fast Track Yachtmaster Course today and Ashley her Fast Track Day Skipper!

Will and Ashley celebrating aboard a BOS Training Yacht.
Will Stewart successfully completed his 15 week BOS Fast Track Yachtmaster Course and is now off to work with Pavol in Croatia. With Will is Ashley who completed her Fast Track BOS RYA Day Skipper Course. Well done to both of you! Ashley Reviews her BOS course.

Susie, I am currently in beautiful Barcelona, but dreaming of being back on a student filled sail boat rocking the Costa Brava waters. I had a wonderful time and feel I learned so much in the Day Skipper course. Thank you for a great experience along with a great crew. You were so clear and concise in your lessons, Mark is very knowledgable on sea breezes, not the drink... Charlie is awesome- great and relaxed, and Steve... Probably the coolest guy in Spain. I really enjoyed all of you. On top of a great school, I feel like I met some really cool people and hope to know them for a long time. I came into Blue Oyster for an adventure on holiday, but now that I've finished my course; I'm itching to turn from my motor yachting career to a sailing one. Thanks for opening my eyes to this world. Now if you know anyone who wants a Day Skipper please open their eyes to me! 

Sincerely,  Ashley Warren

P.S. Wonderful home cooked dinners... you are quite the chef.

Sunday 8 May 2016

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skippers Pass their Blue Oyster RYA Assessments

Will and Philippe pass their RYA YM Exams May 7 2016
Congratulations to Will and Philippe who both successfully completed their RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Exams on May 7th 2016. Both are now completing the necessary paper work to endorse their licences for commercial use with BOS. Philippe is additionally completing his RYA Power Boat level 2 Course which he also intends to use commercially. Congratulations on a job well done from all the BOS Training Team. If you are looking for Commercially Endorsed Skippers for this season give BOS a call here +34 629 881 923  and we'll put you in touch.

James Kendall returned to Blue Oyster aboard his new charge Talitha. Moored in Palamos bay to the north of Barcelona we organised our RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Examiner to complete his Ocean Oral Assessment. Congratulations to James and thank you for bringing this beautiful yacht to Palamos. See more of this story and photo's here. For further information +34 629 881 923 or Email Here.

Sunday 1 May 2016

Pavol 'Lived The Dream' and Passed his RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track Course with BOS - Now to Work!

(Centre) RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Pavol Cizmar
Hi Susie
It was a pleasure to do the BOS Fast Track Yachtmaster offshore with you and your excellent instructors (Charlie and Oliver).
I want to say thank you for everything, I gained so much experience, I met fantastic people, made friends, sailed on various boats, seen places, lived a dream.
Two weeks after my RYA Yachtmaster Offshore final exam I was offered a job in Greece to skipper a boat  "which was as easy as Sunday morning" :) 

I am ready for the next step in my life and take the new challenge. 

Thank you once again.

Pavol Cizmar RYA/MCA Master Of Yachts 200gt

Blue Oyster Sailing Review by Brian Smith RYA Day Skipper Combined Course 2016 - Many Thanks +34 629 881 923

Brian Smith Day Skipper Combined Course
Hello Susie,
Just a note to thank you for the recent Combined Theory/Practical Day Skipper Course.  This was perfect for me, as it enabled me to refresh the practical skills after some years break from sailing.  Importantly, it filled in and  updated many areas, such as navigation and safety, where my knowledge was lacking.
The personal attention was excellent, and the mixing of practical and theory meant that good balance was maintained throughout the nine days.  I particularly appreciated the fact that extra support was made available when I needed it - ie - navigation!  The learning materials and workbooks were also really helpful.
The most important result has been to give me the confidence to sail safely this year, and to build on the knowledge and skills I now possess.  I would certainly hope to build on this by doing a Coastal Skipper course (hopefully in 2017):  there is no question that I would want to do this with you!  I appreciate, too, the offer of ongoing contact and support this year.

I absolutely recommend Blue Oyster Sailing (Barcelona Sailing School) to anyone wishing to learn about sailing or to improve their skills.

With thanks and very best wishes!

Brian Smith RYA Day Skipper Combined Course Blue Oyster Sailing 2016