Over the course of a year, over 1500 students come through the doors of Hamble School of Yachting. For some, it marks the start of a life-long journey as they look to learn a new skill whilst others are already highly experienced professionals looking to supplement and refresh their existing training. all have a passion for learning and adventure.

We caught up with donna Von Tunk,a 47-year-old chiropractor from Langford, Bedfordshire, who has spent the winter taking part in extra RYA training with us at Hamble School of Yachting, as she gears up to embark on the epic 40,000 nautical mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race this summer.

Speaking about her courses at Hamble School of Yachting, which she is doing in addition to the compulsory four levels of Clipper Race training, Donna said: “Starting in November 2018, I did the 9 day RYA Day Skipper
theory and practical course.  In December 2018, I got my RYA SRC/VHF Radio certificate and most recently in February 2019 I did my RYA Diesel engine course.

“Finally, in April, I am booked in for a 9 day run of MCA/ STCW Medical First Aid and Medical Care on Board a Ship courses.”

Donna, who caught the bug for sailing when she watched the America’s Cup Series in Portsmouth, first signed up to courses to enhance the intensive Clipper Race training. She explains: “Although Clipper Race training is excellent, I felt that, after being a circumnavigator, I wanted to have a deeper understanding of the yacht and it workings to be as useful as I can during my time at sea. That is why I have chosen to do these extra RYA courses with Hamble school of Yachting.”

And on her experience at Hamble School of Yachting, Donna adds: “The training at Hamble School of Yachting has been excellent. The knowledge and experience of the tutors shows in the quality of the lectures. Staff are patient when students are having difficulty and make sure that all students are getting the right level of information.

“The lecture facilities and equipment are all in good condition and very helpful to get a greater understanding of the subjects. Not only are the slides informative, props, like an actual diesel engine, are used. I’ve enjoyed all the courses so far, especially the RYA Day Skipper course because the weather was so challenging in November. I am also really excited about my next course of medicine at sea.

“I would recommend the Hamble School of Yachting because the range of courses they offer, cover all areas of safe yachting from meteorology and navigation to the more practical side of sailing and maintenance.”

Donna takes to the Solent in November during her RYA Day Skipper course with Hamble School of Yachting

On how it is preparing Donna for her upcoming challenge, she says: “I certainly feel more confident since learning these additional skills and would recommend it for pre race training.”

Inspired by Donna’s story? Contact the Hamble School of Yachting team or browse courses on the website to see what options will best suit your training requirements.