Sailing Virgins – What We’re About
That’s pretty simple. We’re about sharing what we love: sailing and everything that goes with it.
James Kell, Senior Instructor
James started sailing as a boy with his family in New Zealand. The Bay of Islands contains fantastic sailing grounds and is an excellent nursery for a sailor. Fast forward a few years, cross the Atlantic a few times, and James is now running things at Sailing Virgins.
Leaving corporate life in 2012, James spent a few summers working for legendary (and, in the best way, notorious) sailing events company The Yacht Week, including as Route Manager of Greece in 2015. James holds senior instructor qualifications with all of the top three global sailing organisations: ASA (Advanced Coastal Skipper and Catamaran Instructor), IYT and RYA (Yachtmaster Instructor).
“I love sailing and get a kick out of sharing what I know with people who are keen to learn.”
Rubrio Basilio, Sailing Instructor
Born and bred on the Portuguese island paradise of Madeira, as a boy Rubrio was never far from the water. Before he entered high school, Rubrio would sail long stretches with his father and brother in the ocean surrounding Madeira. More recently he has worked as part of the ground crew for several high profile sailing teams in the Volvo and Extreme Sailing Series. Rubrio has also worked as a skipper at The Yacht Week. Rubrio holds sailing instructor qualifications (including catamaran endorsement) with the American Sailing Association.
“Is this where I say something profound?”
Rubrio, callsign “Clooney” keeping it real
Rupert Covell, Sailing Instructor
This is Rupert. He’s from Yorkshire. He’s a special kid our Rupert. Like all Sailing Virgins instructors, Rupert has spent a few seasons working as a skipper for The Yacht Week. More recently he and a few partners started The BucketLust: a week of sailing plus the odd party every now and then. Rupert hails from the UK and holds instructor qualifications (including catamaran endorsement) with the American Sailing Association.
“I wish I was an Australian”
This is what happens when your quote is written by your boss. Rupert Covell, callsign “Maverick”.
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Clinton van der Linden, Sailing Instructor
Hailing from the sunny climes of South Africa, Clinton knows how to combine thoroughness in tuition with fun. Not only does Clinton have his RYA cruising instructor certification, he is also a PADI dive instructor. If you want to spice up your instruction week with a dive or two, Clinton’s your man.
“Sailing in the BVIs is the BEST. As for the diving, next level…!”
Clinton van der Linden, callsign “Medsailor”
Dale Geddes, Sailing Instructor
“Is there anything better than getting smashed by a Force 9 sea-state while sitting on the rail in the dark crossing an ocean? If there is let me know.”