This is every testimonial we’ve had, nothing omitted. We keep them in our ship’s log, please feel free to check when you’re on board or visit!

Just fantastic. March 18

You are a brilliant teacher with obvious passion for what you do and enthusiasm for getting it across. March 18

A brilliant five days thank you. March 18

Without wanting to gush, by far the best skipper and teacher I have ever sailed with and thank you for finally teaching me how to do bowlines that sticks. Oct 17

Similar to Helen’s comments (editor note – see above) and additionally overall very pleased with the teaching ‘stand’ (sic), manner and style. Excellent demonstrations and feedback. Excellent company on the course and everything delivered in a top rate boat. Thanks Cris – Oct 17

Really enjoyed the course, made the most of really rubbish weather. Would highly recommend this course and we are looking forward to continuing. Thank you, much appreciated. Oct 17

Brilliant again! Trip of a lifetime. Never again! Ireland next time! Thank you. Oct 17

Many thanks just what I needed to brush up my skills. Looking forward to next year. Oct 17

Excellent course and first class instructor. (Editor note – instructor Ian Cheek) Oct 17

Great course. Got far more than I expected, will be recommending to friends and look forward to the next stage in my development. Sept 17

Fantastic trip – even better than the last time and I thought that would be impossible. Must just learn my ABC (editor note – this is our mantra Always Be Cool) Great instructor – learnt loads. Thanks so much. Sept 17

Great trip, training made easy to learn with Cris being Cris. No stress (shown ha ha) I certainly felt confident as his crew member and will return for more experience. Thank you. Sept 17

Wonderful course, very thorough in every aspect. I feel that my sailing skills have been greatly improved in a very positive and constructive manner Aug 17

Detailed course, very helpful in explaining aspects of sailing. Very enjoyable experience – one of my best birthday presents to date. Aug 17

Very thorough and professional course. All conducted with good humour. Fantastic crewmates. July 17

Very much enjoyed the course and experience. Everything was well taught and extremely fun. Thanks July 17

Excellent on all fronts. Great pace, v. patient skipper. I had an amazing time. Thank you… until next time! July 17

If you want to be as good as you can be then you need to be taught by the best. Cris is the best! Enough said. June 17

Second course on North Star and like the first, first class course including recognising tuition required. Professional approach and understanding. Looking forward to the next course ASAP even if taken to the edge as this time – way to go! FT June 17

Great week, thanks. Hard to watch on sometimes rather than getting involved in the Day Skipper stuff but that’s more a reflection on my nature than the syllabus. Overall a fantastic experience that has taught me huge amounts in particular how to get very wet! Many thanks Cris, hopefully I’ll be back soon. GT June 17

A first class experience which taught me a lot about being a credible mariner on a sailing yacht. Masterfully executed tuition by a seasoned skipper. I will be back TSB June 17

Thank you so much for this opportunity of a lifetime. The voyage and all of the characters on board shall never be forgotten. North Star is a fabulous yacht, it has been a pleasure sailing her and I also felt in good hands with the skipper – I hope to have the chance of another epic trip! JC May 17

Thank you North Star, Cris Miles, BOOM Sailing for an experience of a lifetime. Felt safe at all times, but we experienced a great adventure. Plenty of opportunity to practice sailing techniques with excellent coaching from Cris. Wonderful crew, plenty of laughs, long sailing passages. The visit to St Kilda was the objective, achieved, but the voyage had a thousand other highlights. Huge thanks to Cris, this will never be forgotten. BB May 17

Just been provided with one of the most amazing experiences I have waited a long time to achieve. Not only was reaching St Kilda an unbelievable moment but the chance to sail such a distance was a journey I will not forget. I had total confidence in Cris and at all times felt in safe hands. Also as a relative novice to sailing he gave me every opportunity to learn more and take part. Thank you so much RG May 17

This voyage was nothing short of superb in every respect. A crew of wonderful and fascinating characters and a skipper with more talents than anyone I’ve ever met. A cherished memory. BC May 17

Speaking as a complete novice who did not know one end of a boat from another this could have been a personal disaster, but it was the chance to experience a lifetime ambition to visit St Kilda. And what an experience it turned out to be. As a founder member of the Society for the Prevention of Overuse of Superlatives I can only say it was a stupendous, gob-smackingly wonderful awesome trip. And thanks for hiring the glam welsh lady to boss me around. JB May 17

Thought I knew quite a bit but I clearly don’t. A really excellent course by an excellent instructor. Will be booking more courses in the future with BOOM. MW April 17

For the first time ever I got some confidence about manouevering in marinas. Very good course, practical, friendly, entertaining with good food too and music. All on board took tasks under a well orchestrated skipper leadership so all could learn from each other. Highly recommended. Will be back. SP April 17

Had a great week on board. North Star is a lovely boat to learn and live on and Cris is a good instructor allowing us to learn in our own time. The course was very adaptable to suit abilities and conditions and delivered well. We had plenty of laughs on board with a lot of entertainment (Pinot) and the views around Anglesey. Anglesey is the perfect place to learn as we had a variety of different coastal conditions and environments. Great value (especially for me) as I came to do comp crew but managed my Day Skipper. All round had a fantastic week and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Thanks. JP April 17

Fantastic course, great variety of conditions, scenarios, training and locations. All communication very prompt and with all detail required (maybe a confirmation a few days before?). Fabulous, fast and clean boat, very well equipped. Partly lucky there was only two of us but content was well and truly covered and lots more. Cris was great, great instructor, great food and drink and good fun with entertainment! Value for money was excellent, to get round Anglesey with a few detours, to cover everything we did and get Day Skipper it was a bargain. Thank you SD April 17

Excellent in every way really enjoyed it. LH March/April 17

First class coaching, understood my issue with wind awareness and did everything in his power to get me through but… I still did not fully grasp it. MH March/April 17 (editor note – there is a happy end to this one. MH came back for a day solely to work on wind awareness, it clicked. He successfully skippered his own charter yacht later in the year)

The tuition was first class in all aspects of the course and I felt that we covered an enormous amount during the five days. Apart from Cris’ undoubted expertise the one quality that also shone through for me was his ability to understand my strengths and weaknesses and the barriers I needed to break down to improve my learning abilities SW March/April 17

I had an amazing experience, all weather conditions were endured but never once did I feel unsafe with Ian. Ian is a fantastic instructor, informative, patient and always with a tale to tell. The rest of the crew were great fun and supportive. All in all we were supposed to be going to Plas Menai but fate lended its hand and this is where we “berthed”. Thanks again Ian. AE March 17

A most enjoyable experience that gave me confidence on the water and the course exceeded all expectations. The skipper being so experienced and approachable made the 5 days even more enjoyable. Great crew, excellent company and would love to come back. Thank you Ian HE March 17

Thanks for a great course Cris. Wish I’d done it years ago and look forward to keep on developing with BOOM RP April 17

A very professional Cpt who seeks and achieves a standard greater than that which is designed within the course. GH March 17

Course went way beyond all expectations, N. Wales a fantastic place to learn with many different aspects of sailing possible to practice. Thanks Chris GS March 17

Was fantastic to go beyond CC course. Cris was an amazing instructor who made us feel confident and happy to sail. I’ll be back (maybe we’ll get fishing rods next time) RA March 17

Learnt so much with great crew and instructor, comfortable yacht which performed well in some heavy seas. Would recommend course to others. AG June 16

Obviously quite a new company but if it continues as I have seen this week I am sure it will become one of the best in the country. Good sense of humour and the will to explain points made it all very enjoyable. JA May 16

Had a fantastic week on comp crew course. Great boat to learn on and very comfortable cabins and facilities. Instructor very knowledgeable, kept the pace right for everyone despite all being at different levels. Challenging, exciting and great fun. EN May 16


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