My name is Andy Taylor and as a Sheffield lad I was lucky to develop an early interest in the sea and sailing. Only later in life was I able to get an opportunity to convert my sailing experience and passion into a livelihood and way of life. MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) commercial skipper and RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Yachtmaster Instructor qualifications became a natural progression for my 50000 nautical miles of experience. I established SailingBreaks in 2005 to enable me to continue sailing into semi retirement in the company of people who share my love for the sea. These sailing charter holidays and RYA training weeks help me keep Brandy of Troon, my Moody 36 sailing yacht in top condition, share wonderful locations and hopefully inspire the next generation of sailors….
Andy’s Qualifications and Licences
1. MCA commercial skipper
2. RYA Yachtmaster Instructor
3. RYA SRC assessor
4. Vessel coded to MCA cat 2
5. Licensed to carry 7 persons
6. Insured for training and commercial sailing
Skipper enjoying a Scottish sunset SailingBreaks is an approved RYA regional centre
Andy’s view on good skippering…….getting the crew sailing and navigating happily while I make sure the loo is clean and the kettle is on!