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The original Cardiff Yacht Company was established in 2011 whilst Peter was still a police officer, and initially provided theory learning opportunities.
In 2014 the first boat an IMX 38, aptly named X Beat established a presence on the water in the Bristol Channel mainly based at Cardiff Marina – we worked with some experience marketing companies and introduced over 150 people to sailing.
In 2015 X Beat was replaced by X Beat II a Beneteau 40.7 purchased with help from two customers – Iain and Andrew. A further 150 people had the benefit of an experience on the water.
In 2016 in partnership with Swansea Watersports RYA Sail Cruising qualifications were made available. The company focused on private tuition and skippered charter.
In 2018 a decision was made to rename the trading company as Cardiff and Swansea Yachting Company reflective of our ability to be based in two centres. This trading company will incorporate Cardiff Yachting Company which will offer RYA accredited training.
During February 2019 an application will be made to the RYA for Cardiff Yachting Company to be able to offer RYA Powerboat Training.
Cardiff & Swansea Yachting Company
For the 2019 season we will operate from bases at Cardiff and Swansea. In order to provide clarity to customers as to the types of services that are being offered the company has been split into two divisions.
Cardiff Yachting Company (Sea School) – This is a RYA Recognised Training Centre offering RYA Interactive courses for Essential Navigation and the VHF operator. The VHF course is also offered as a classroom course, and also the Diesel Engine 1 day course. The Day Skipper Theory (5 Days) and Yachtmaster Theory courses are also run (6 Days). With competition online they are also offered as 1:1 or 2:1 Tutorials. The RYA Sail Cruising Programme is being provided by Swansea Watersports and run on X Beat II. Any course can be booked and paid for online using a PayPal facility.
Cardiff Yachting Company – Based at Penarth Marina we offer private tuition and skippered charter aboard X Beat II (and in 2019 a RIB or Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat). There are organised cruises and a regatta entry arranged where you can come and join us – otherwise where we go is subject to you, your time, tides, and of course, the weather. We also offer Private Tuition aboard X Beat II (and in due course the RIB), half day and evening periods are available from Penarth Marina. This is also available on your own boat as well – power or sail. We also offer coaching for trainee skippers who work or intend to work in the commercial boat world – either sail or power. Finally, we can help customers making a purchase, refit, delivery and also managing the yacht for charter or even personal use.
Our compelling aim is to ensure that we offer the most fully rounded and comprehensive service to yachting clients from near and far and that the utmost in professional support is extended to the clients we serve.
X BEAT II and X Beat III are berthed at Penarth Marina, CF64 1TT adjacent to the Pier 64 Restaurant
Peter Pope – Managing Director
Retired as a Detective Inspector with South Wales Police at the end of 2012. He holds a Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail) & (Motor) Certificate and is an RYA Cruising Instructor (Sail), and RYA Powerboat Instructor. He is qualified to teach/assess RYA Navigation Theory courses to Yachtmaster Offshore, VHF, RADAR and Diesel Engine.
Steffan Evans – Training Associate & PB Chief Instructor
Staffan’s background is in managing the legalities of conveyancing and probate. He is a qualified RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor and also VHF instructor/assessor. His goals are to take the Yachtmaster Exams later this year.
Iain Wright – Associate
Iain retired as a Royal Artillery Major after serving 45 years man and boy. He acts as 1st Mate on the majority of the Taster Cruises and adds his considerable wealth of experience of life to the mix.
Mike Batchelor – Associate
Mike is a RYA Powerboat Instructor and will be teaching the majority of the RYA Level 2 PB courses.
Andrew O’Sullivan – Associate
Andrew is a successful software entrepreneur and has a number of business interests. He helps Peter as a mentor and advisor for Swansea Yacht Company.
Cardiff & Swansea Yacht Company Limited,
4 Coed Y Broch,
Peter Pope, Managing Director
Mobile: 07403 151561