Personal Sailing Testimonials

Family and Friends Testimonials

Thank you very much for a VERY enjoyable day today. You really were a fantastic host and skipper.  We were all commenting as we left what a great job you did.  I really hope that I will have the opportunity to come out with you again…Please feel free to use me as a reference for future clients if you ever need one.

Mark August 16

After 5 years away from sailing we had no hesitation in coming back to Kirsten and we would have no hesitation in recommending her.  The feedback from all the family was really positive and we have already booked to go again! Much of the success of the weekend was down to Kirsten’s relaxed and friendly approach with all the family.  She helped Laura and myself get back into sailing after a five year break but also helped Miriam, Matthew and Isaac who are newer to sailing gain confidence.’  Mark and Family April 2016

Kirsten is just a wonderful skipper.  I have taken family, friends, staff and customers out on the water with Kirsten and they invariably comment on her great insight, instruction and patience but mainly the fact that she’s just a great person to be out on the water with.  I enjoyed sailing with Kirsten so much that I went on to spend 5 days on a boat gaining my Day Skipper qualification with her!   I’m qualified now but still finding myself emailing Kirsten for availability to join us on my trips! Alastair July 14

Thank you for making our weekend, your friendship, confidence in us and steady hand with us sailing which made for fantastic weekend. The sunshine you added to the weekend was the icing on the cake. Everybody really enjoyed themselves, especially me. Great memories from the weekend. Yes, what a great job you have. It has increased my appetite for sailing and I hope the others too.  Evelyn May 13

Thank you for a fantastic couple of days, we all had a great time and the girls are both enthused and wanting to get more involved in sailing, which is great news. Simon and I really appreciated your guidance and expertise, it was great to put into practice some of what we learned in the classroom. Your patience and enthusiasm were first class. I think we we both be looking to do out practical course. I’m pretty sure we’ll be sailing again soon so will definitely be in contact to check your availability.
Matt & Family – Aug 2012

Thanks so much for your help which made the transition from students to novice skippers so much easier….
Mark & Family – Aug 2012

Just a quick note to say that everything went very well on Monday, onboard Solent Star, with Kirsten – thank you. A great day was had by all, with Kirsten being everything you had described and more – what a star she is!

I now have a nephew desperately keen to come back to the UK (he’s French) to learn how to sail and become a skipper himself. My friend’s neices and their father also had a wonderful time, and are all now keen to take a family flotilla holiday to get their mum involved also.

Thank you for being so flexible and helpful, and for the upgrade. Solent Star was very comfortable and made a very good impression on everyone. I can’t wait to sail with your company again, and will be staying in touch with the lovely Kirsten.
Family Day – Aug 2011

Many thanks for a fantastic day on Monday – Debs, James, Amelia and myself really enjoyed the day and have now got the taste to do some more sailing.
Family Day – Aug 2011

Thanks for a wonderful day sailing!! Everyone had a fab time, especially the adults! The boats were great so comfy and CLEAN! And we were so lucky with the weather. It was lovely meeting you again, you are a fab host and skipper, the kids felt so at ease with you and so did we.
Family Day – Aug 2011

Just a quick thank you for the fun & frolics on Starburst over the last two nights, and a big thank you to Kirsten who was superb with her coaching & endlessly patient with our 4 year old!
Stuart – April 2011 Family Trip

The whole trip was a real treat and will be the highlight of the summer holidays. I really hope we will do the same to Chichester next year and the kids have already insisted that you come along. You were a real star especially with Dad, how you kept so calm when we came into the berth at the end I will never know!
Harry – July 2009 Family Weekend

Stag Do Testimonials

I just wanted to say a big thanks to you, James and Paul for giving us a great weekend on the water, if im honest I was a bit worried leading up to the weekend that it was going to be a bit messy, in many ways!   As a group with no real experience of sailing give or take one or two, I was unsure how it would go.  The three of you made sure that we were all put at ease very quickly and those who were interested in getting stuck in were able to do so quickly and those who were just interested in keeping their breakfast down were allowed to sit and contemplate why they had thought this would be a good idea!!  Saturday was a glorious day for sailing and it was great fun getting the sails up and seeing what the boats could do whilst putting in a shift on the winches or having a go at the helm, Sunday obviously was a completely different type of sailing and strangely almost more enjoyable (maybe not for a few!) a strong wind to drive us along and waves crashing over the bow really made it hard work and we were all pretty done in by the time we got back to Hamble.  We are all just waiting for the world to stop rocking so we can walk in straight lines again!

Thanks again and I will recommend you to anyone looking for and excellent sailing experience with plenty of fun thrown in.  Nick July


It was absolutely amazing and I’m more than impressed with your sailing skills.  You’ve put me completely at ease despite the weather conditions.  Again – it was an amazing experience that I’m so glad I’ve had – all the guys are on facebook talking about how fantastic it was.  Kirk Aug 14

Just a quick note to thank you both for such an amazing weekend! We ALL thoroughly enjoyed every minute! Even the scary bits – we all knew we were in the safest of hands!  I had no idea what to expect – but, I think that might be because Tom left it as a surprise… And, wow – what a surprise!!!! I cannot tell you how much we all enjoyed every minute!! I think it was a great mix!! Lighter on the first day then crazy on the second!! I’m definitely hoping we make it a regular occurrence, it’s SOOOOO much fun!!!  Toby Aug 14

All in all, great fun, and everyone said you were a major factor in that – I’d definitely recommend it to anyone.

We had a brilliant time, the sailing in particular but actually the whole thing was good…..I thought everyone enjoyed the sailing and being on the boat. There were definitely some that wanted more involvement than others but I think everyone took a turn doing most things. And it was definitely exciting when the wind got up a bit on Saturday.  Even Tone, who was genuinely worried about the trip as he knew he suffered from seasickness, had a good time. And hopefully I’ll be in touch about a competent crew course.  Gareth Aug 14

Just wanted to say thanks for the excellent stag do a few weeks back. It was great that everyone got involved despite the interesting weather on the Saturday! We all had a fantastic time – even the stag (when he wasn’t below decks feeling worse for wear after the night before)!  Ed April 13

A big thank you to you, you made it very easy to organise! Everyone seemed to have a really good time and I think the weather on Saturday made it more memorable. There have lots of emails going round saying what a good weekend it was. I seem to have found some muscles that I didn’t know I had, I’ve slept very well the last two nights to recover!
Phil – Stag Weekend July 2012

Just wanted to thank you for looking after us so brilliantly over the weekend. I had a fantastic time sailing on the Solent, no doubt aided by the excellent weather and the impressive boat we chartered, but mainly down to your boundless enthusiasm, good humour and sheer ability. I think everyone enjoyed the experience – even those who found Sunday’s conditions a little challenging or who would never have thought of going sailing prior to this. Also, thank you for all the assistance you gave James in organising the trip, including information about accommodation and restaurants. I know he looked at a few different firms when booking the trip, but I think it’s pretty clear we made the right choice.
Craig/James Stag – July 2012

Had a fantastic weekend sailing with 10 guys for a stag do. Having looked at a number of companies, we opted to book with Kirsten, who was extremely helpful in the lead up to our weekend with advice and planning, and was very much one of the lads on the weekend itself! I would recommend Kirsten to any group looking to book a stag do which is both cost effective and good fun. The ten of us began our weekend enjoying the various pubs Hamble has to offer, before sailing to across to Cowes on the Saturday where we began pub crawl number two! We were lucky enough to have sunny and breezy conditions for sailing back on the Sunday, and returned feeling slightly hungover but with a bit of a tan!
Simon – June 2012

Had an amazing weekend, and in no small part due to you. I’ve definitely caught the sailing bug.
Stuart Stag Weekend – April 2011

Thanks very much for these and a big thank you for the weekend too – you were a brilliant skipper and great fun (not to mention patient!!).
Stag Weekend – June 2011

I thought our skippers Kirsten & Geoff were really great especially putting up with someone taking so many photographs when they were trying to keep us from falling overboard!
Greg May 2011 Stag Weekend

Thanks Kirsten, have received the photos. Had an amazing weekend, and in no small part due to you. I’ve definitely caught the sailing bug.
Stu – April 2011 Stag Weekend

We had a great weekend and it was predominantly down to your approach to it all – very much appreciated.
Stuart – July 2010 Stag Weekend

I just want to say a huge thanks for making it such a great day out – everyone in the Starburst crew has said that it was great fun and that you were a brilliant skipper! I think we all bonded very well during the day, even if we didn’t all get our ears tickled!
Martin – July 2009 Stag Weekend

Just to say again, thanks for a great weekend, it worked out really well and everyone had a top time. You did a great job looking after everyone and hope sharing a boat with 6 lads wasnt too bad for you! I think everyone would be keen to give a sailing weekend another go so maybe see you again in the near future!
Matthew – July 2009 Stag Weekend

Ive already sent an email to Martin complementing the skippers! Thanks to yourself and Barry for an absolutely fantastic weekend. Your professionalism, skill, Friendliness and enthusiasm really was the icing on the cake to a fabulous weekend. It seems easy to forget there is a world out there to explore when stuck behind a desk for 40hrs a week (though I do wish my desk would stop rocking).
Alex May 09 Stag Weekend

Hen Do Testimonials

We had an amazing weekend and I am now trying to figure out how to do more sailing!  Saturday morning was a bit wet! I loved it and so did the hen, but a few of the other girls were a little unnerved. Andy (skipper) handled the nervous girls perfectly and by the end of Sunday everyone was converted! The sun may have helped!  And thank you so much for your packing list and hints and tips. We would have been quite unprepared without it. My cycling gloved came in very handy and the lunch suggestions were perfect.Natalie Aug 14

Oh we had so much fun! Thank you a million times for making it an unforgettable weekend and hen do.  I’ve never been swimming in anything that cold in all my life, and agree was a good effort! I! All of them want to do it again so don’t go anywhere!!! If you can possibly stand to have us back then we are thinking of setting up an annual sailing trip.  So thanks so much, again. Like I said on Sunday,- it couldn’t have been any better.  Lorna May 13

Huge thanks for a fun weekend! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the weather was spot on.  Thanks so much for a great time – you certainly helped make my job a lot easier! I’ll definitely recommend you to others – in fact I’ve already had someone in the office asking for your info! Sarah hen do June 13