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  • We spent 10 days with Jolly Parrot doing our Competent Crew and Day Skipper. The entire experience was incredible - Jolly Parrot were so accommodating, the booking process was smooth and we felt so at home on the water. To top off the whole thing, we had two incredible instructors - Tom White & Trevor Walkingshaw. They were inspiring, engaging and made everything fun. We learnt so much and have come away with much knowledge, confidence & new friends! A huge thank you to Rachel, Clive, Tom & Trevor - we absolutely loved every moment of it and will definitely be signing up for a mile builder in the near future.

    Lauren & Chris x

    September 2020

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  • My 2 daughters (aged 14 and 11e and I spent a wonderful 5 days on the water, to achieve our Competent Crew accreditation, under the confident, capable care of Tom White. Instructive, inspiring and really, really good fun! Great facilities, lovely food and the company of wild dolphins - what more could anyone ask for? We loved it! Thank you Tom and all the JP team!


    August 2020

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  • Very professional outfit. Instruction is of a high standard with your safety being put first. Will be back soon.


    September 2020

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  • I’ve just completed an amazing two weeks of tuition with this company for my RYA Competent crew and RYA day skipper qualifications, passing both. I met an amazing group of fellow students and had the pleasure of sailing with them on two different vessels. The sailing yachts a Bavaria 36 and a Bavaria 37 were truly superb. The vessels are not crowded, with a limited number of students per vessel. Both vessels were clean, well fitted out and in good condition. We visited ports in mainland Spain, namely Alcaidesa, Duquesa Estepona and Ceuta in North Africa, (but kept to the rules during these troubling times, facemasks etc). There was a variety of different foods available on board which catered for all tastes. The company even went out of their way to cater for the lovely vegan couple onboard on the second week. Meal times was a bit like ‘Masterchef which added to the fun, with everyone chipping in ideas and having a go. I would even say we had food left over afterwards on both weeks! (vessels were restocked after each course with fresh produce). I come from a mainly motorboating background, through work and fancied the idea of trying something a bit different and I wasn’t disappointed I truly recommend you give it a go. It has been a great experience and thanks to the two great and very knowledgeable instructors, (Flipper & Trevor), I feel I have learnt so much in these two weeks in a relaxed environment which made learning easy, pleasant and fun. My experience has definitely sparked an interest and I hope to progress further. One thing is sure, I will definitely by using ‘Jolly Parrot Sailing’ in Gibraltar for my next RYA Coastal Skipper Course.


    September 2020

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  • I just spent 5 days doing a competent crew course with Ian and to be honest I had a great time. Josh also joined us on various nights out when all the boats were in the same place and he also made our trip, with his hilarious stories.
    I consider myself very lucky to have had a really nice couple of guys on our boat to share the week with, along with friendly people on the other yachts. We had a big 46ft yacht called Silent Years and we each had our own cabin, which I know is probably not the norm because they tell you that on their website.
    Also we saw loads of Dolphins, Pilot whales and visited some great restaurants and pubs in Gibraltar, Spain and Spanish Morocco.
    Ian and Josh showed us places you’d never find on your own and opened our eyes to what sailing in the Med is really like. We all learnt a lot from Ian and we all grew as a crew getting more confident by the day. Conditions went from flat calm to force 8 gales to perfect sailing, which for us was a great learning curve. Ian dealt with everything, as did the other instructors and that’s a real credit to them, because teaching novices isn’t easy.
    Thanks again.


    July 2019

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