Brian and Pippa.
They created Miramar Sailing in June, 2006, to offer you the benefit of their wealth of experience chartering and entertaining guests. They will be delighted to welcome you aboard their yachts “Miramar”, “Phoenix” or “Danae”. Their aim is to bring professional and personal service of the highest quality to make your Miramar Sailing experience unforgettable.
Brian is the Principal of Miramar Sailing School, and Pippa is the Chief Instructor.
Both are qualified to RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean, as well as being Directors of the National Sailing Academy of Antigua & Barbuda, an organisation dedicated to the promotion of youth sailing on the island, something that is close to Brian & Pippa’s hearts.
If you are intrigued by the mysteries surrounding the art of sailing then both Brian and Pippa will be more than happy to enlighten you with all the technicalities and practicalities involved! Take the helm, trim a sail, have a go, you will love it!
I’ve always had a passion for sailing since the age of 12 when I first learnt how to sail dinghies. Representing Great Britain and the British Army in high level events in dinghy sailing. Having served 25 years in the Army my wife (Tanya below!) and I decided to set out on a great adventure. We decided to get all our RYA sailing qualifications to YMI commercial standard and then bought our beautiful yacht called “Yoda”. We then set off from Falmouth, UK, heading down to Gibraltar where we instructed for 3 years. We then decided to sail across the Atlantic and visit all the wonderful islands in the Caribbean. We are now based in Antigua, Jolly Harbour and work for Brian and Pippa at Miramar Sailing School. The one thing I love about yachting is that it doesn’t matter how experienced you think you are there is always something more to learn, and in the sailing community there is such a vast array of knowledge to pick from. As for teaching people to sail, it is wonderful to see that they are really enjoying their training, and even better when they pass the course. It’s a great sense of achievement for the client and the Instructor.
My first experience on a yacht was at Cowes week and yacht sailing, instructing and cruising has been my passion ever since. There is nothing like shutting the engine off and sailing off to a new place, the word freedom comes to mind. I was instructing with a few sailing schools in Gibraltar full time for 3 years and enjoyed watching my students have “light bulb moments” and have a great time learning. My husband and I then sailed our yacht “Yoda” across the Atlantic and took a break to sail around the Caribbean. Now based in beautiful Antigua we are looking forward to sailing around the island and keep finding both beautiful and challenging places to do so.
An avid sailor for a long time, Alex discovered the Caribbean for himself after arriving here after an Atlantic crossing from the Canary Islands. Several holidays and cruises later he and his wife decided to move here permanently and set up shop in Antigua. In his home country of Austria Alex spent many years in the advertising industry giving him a deep understanding of customer focus and excellent service. Next to Joy’s Day Sailing Tours the couple are now running Mayday Restaurant where Alex serves as the head chef.
Is Guyanese but settled in Antigua many years ago and is now a well established Antiguan citizen. He heads up Miramar Sailing’s base team who look after our yachts both technically and aesthetically, ensuring that our boats are properly prepared and cleaned before every charter.