Rob Gibson

Rob Gibson, Poole Sailing’s Principal, has spent the best part of a lifetime handling small boats. He is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner who has been teaching Boat Handling and Sailing techniques to many hundreds of students since 1992. His work has enabled him to cross oceans and sail in many parts of the world, and his books on the subject have been RYA ‘best sellers’ since publication. He is very active on the UK Yacht Racing circuit, sailing his racing yacht ‘Hope & Glory/UNICEF’ offshore, and ‘Addiction’ in corporate regattas.

Andy Powell

Andy has grown up around boats in Poole, he has sailed thousands of miles and gained lots of experience that he is keen to pass on.

Chris Underwood

Chris has enjoyed being on, and in, the water for more years than he cares to admit, cruising with his family and racing his trimaran from Poole Harbour. He is also a keen Wind Surfer and Paddle Boarder. When he is not running RYA practical courses for Poole Sailing on Escapade, he runs a Bare Boat Yacht Charter business.

Giles Vigar

Giles is a full time Teacher who has combined his professional skills with his passion for sailing and taught Dinghy and Yacht Sailing courses since the mid 1990’s. He will lead some weekend events for Poole Sailing and otherwise can be found racing his beloved Contessa 32.

Peter qualified as an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor in the mid nineteen nineties and has worked as a full time professional sailor ever since. He has introduced many hundreds of students to the joys of sailing, cruising and racing in a variety of boats with a friendly and relaxed style that is all his own. Peter will instruct many of our RYA practical courses and Yachtmaster preparation weeks and also skipper his own boat ‘Merlin’ for Solent based inshore regattas and race series where he enjoys considerable success.

Taz Bernard

Taz has worked on the water for some 15 years in roles ranging from Tug Crew, to Dinghy and Power Boat instructor, and Professional Yacht Captain. His range of experience has made him one of the most versatile and competent boat handlers instructing today. Taz will lead some PYRA Race events in his own laid back style.

Tim Edom

Tim has sailed most of his life enjoying a great deal of success in the GP14 class before moving on to Yachts as a Corporate Racing Skipper. He will lead many weekend events on his own yacht, Harrier and will run many of our RYA Practical and Theory courses.

Owain Peters

Owain has raced successfully on all sorts of sail boats from Super yachts to Sonatas. He is a Sail Maker by trade, but has worked ‘part time’ with Poole Sailing for several years now. Owain comes with a guaranteed smile and a nice easy style. He will lead some Racing and Corporate Events on Addiction and Escapade.