Our Instructors

Orford Sailing Club is not just a small friendly sailing club but a place where young people make enduring friendships. It has become a long standing tradition that many youngsters develop a passion for sailing and go on to become qualified RYA Dinghy Instructors who inspire the next generation of sailors.

The baton passes quickly down from sibling to sibling and it’s hardly surprising to see several families with multiple relatives who have spanned several years of service and volunteering at the club.

Instructors are encouraged to start off as helpers before getting an Assistant Instructor qualification and then going on to fully qualify with the RYA. Children being taught are inspired to be Instructors by their Instructors.  It is very much a badge of honour.

What is it that unites the team?

A passion for long summers spent in Orford and the strong sense the club has of family and community spirit.  Every year it’s thrilling to see OSC members returning to the club with their own children in tow who catch the sailing bug and want to join our team.

It is a familiar pattern – and long may it last!

Whilst many sailing clubs need to recruit instructors from other clubs or areas, OSC prides itself on the description ‘home grown’.  Indeed, over the past several years we have been very fortunate to also have our own Senior Instructors and Chief Instructors.

Orford Sailing Club’s New Chief Instructor for 2022

Ruby Brint Chief Instructor 2022

Ruby is 22 and learnt to sail at Orford Sailing Club ten years ago.  For the last six years Ruby has been an Instructor.  Orford Sailing Club are delighted that Ruby is now our Chief Instructor for 2022. 

Ruby Brint Chief Instructor 2022

Suzy Cooper Chief Instructor 2018 to 2021

Suzy Cooper has brilliantly held both the Senior Instructor and Chief Instructor roles. It is with both gratitude and sadness that we realize that she needs to leave us in order to develop her own career.

Suzy Cooper
New Instructors for 2022

We are delighted that we have four new RYA Dinghy Instructors. Raffy Hollis, Matilda Sidel, Milly McCann, Isabella Waite should all be congratulated on this achievement.

Ruby Brint

Chief Instructor 2022

22 year old Ruby learnt to sail at OSC 10 years ago and has been an OSC Instructor for 6 years.

Ruby Brint

“OSC has a great sense of community, creating a friendly environment in which sailors support and help each other.

I really enjoy seeing students improve their sailing and discover a passion for it. But it is important for students to be taught properly so they can enjoy sailing safely.

I love RS Fevas because I think they are fantastic boats for beginners and I learnt to sail in one myself.

I occasionally race for fun and I love the sense of freedom that sailing gives me.

My biggest mishap sailing was when my rudder popped off in the middle of the river and I had to dive in and swim after it.

My best moment sailing was when Tom and I got the spinnaker flying on the Feva and we zoomed to Aldeburgh.

My favourite moment on the water in 2021 was sailing the Sea Race because it’s always a fun challenge and it was nice to sail it with my grandfather.”

Tom Chin

2022 Instructor

Tom is 23 and came to OSC 6 years ago from our close neighbours, Aldeburgh YC, where he learnt to sail. Tom qualified as an Instructor at OSC 5 years ago.

Tom Chin

“OSC has a great community and family feeling. It is all about having fun and developing your sailing skills.

What I love most about teaching is being able to see my students become comfortable and skilled sailors over the course as well as seeing them have fun whilst learning. 

My favourite boat is a Laser with a radial sail.

I race and I love the sense of freedom I get form being on the water.

My biggest mishap sailing was in too strong winds with a full sail. I capsized quite a bit that day, but it was still good fun!

My best moment sailing was doing the Sea Race.

My favourite moment on the water in 2021 was enjoying some fun races during the regatta.” 

Hannah Kunert

2022 Instructor

Hannah is 24 and has sailed at OSC for eleven years. This will be Hannah’s tenth year as an Instructor.

Hannah Kunert

“I love it when something about sailing suddenly clicks for a young person and they catch the sailing bug. I think that teaching sailing well is about giving each student a love of being on the water and the skills that they need to get out there by themselves and have fun, whether that’s messing about with friends or racing competitively.

My favourite boat is a Topper but I normally race a Laser.”

In 2021 Hannah bought her first Cruising boat.  See Hannah’s marvellous article about her first summer cruising by clicking here

“There’s just something very special about the freedom that comes with being out on the water and getting the most out of a boat. 

 I’ll never live down the day that I popped Oscar…” (A rib and one of the OSC Safety Boats)

“My best moment sailing was smashing through big waves in a Topper during a very breezy Sea Race. 

 My best moment of 2021 was when all the kids at the Junior Regatta cheered me on from the pontoon as I struggled in an Oppi against squally winds and a spring tide during the Instructors Race then rushed to find and rig me a Topper so that I could continue after the Oppi’s mast-sprit and tiller extension snapped off.” 

Miranda Cook

2022 Instructor

21 year old Miranda has sailed at OSC for 9 years where she completed RYA Stages 3&4, Racing and Spinnaker courses.

Miranda Cook

“I like sailing at Orford because it is quick and easy for me to rig up my Feva and I can go out in my boat whenever I like, and take out my friends too. I am able to sail to Aldeburgh or round the island if I’d like a longer trip. I know the area well and live in the village so to get down to the water to sail is a very short walk or cycle making it convenient. I am also able to use my boat to sail up to Dove Point and stop on the Ness to have picnics etc in the summer.”

Miranda has been an Instructor for 2 years.

“The joy on kids faces when they master a skill well and grow in confidence as they improve. The importance of being taught well I believe gives people the ability to go out sailing to practice, enjoy their leisure time safely or even take part in racing. Without well established skills in sailing this is not possible to a high degree. 

My favourite boat to sail with friends in Orford is an RS Feva XL.

I race regularly – but not so much in Orford anymore.

I love the sense of freedom and the adrenaline of a thrilling sail in strong winds.

My biggest mishap sailing in Orford is either getting rocks stuck in the dagger board slot jamming it halfway in when we went aground on the spit to go swimming in the sea and then couldn’t get the board back down for the sail back OR Having my partner break the spinnaker whilst sailing towards Raydon and being unable to tack due to the sail being caught under the hull round the dagger board and so sailing helplessly towards Aldeburgh.

My best moment sailing in Orford was winning the Feva Cup in the Class racing.

My favourite moment on the water in Orford this year is either the first lovely sail on my Feva with the Spinnaker up flying along OR Sailing Mary’s Orford 10-footer in the strong winds with Hannah.”

Freddie Chin

2022 Instructor

20 year old Freddie has been an Instructor for 3 years and learnt to sail at OSC 7 years ago.

Feedie Chin

“The other sailors and people at OSC are very friendly and it’s a very nice and relaxed environment 

What I enjoy most about teaching is seeing my students sailing or racing on their own, or really wanting to helm with someone else in the boat.  It shows that I made them feel comfortable on the water and that they had a great experience. 

I race and my favourite boat is a Hartley.

I love just being able to go out on your own on the water and enjoy the peace and quiet .

I once turtled the boat and got my leg stuck under the toe strap meaning I got stuck under the boat, which was a little bit scary.

My favourite moment sailing was when I completed my Instructor course.

The best part of sailing in 2021 was the whole topper two course as the students learned very quickly and had so much fun on the water.  It meant we all had fun and a wonderful time on the water.”

Willa Cole

2022 Instructor

Willa is 17 and has sailed at OSC for almost 11 years where she learnt to sail.

Willa Cole

“I started sailing Topper Ones when I was seven.

I became an Instructor this summer but I have been helping on the courses since I was 13 and I think I got my AI at fourteen.

I love the community around iOSC and I think it is a great place to sail.  It is also very convenient for me as I live in the village. 

I don’t race and I really like sailing small boats like Fevers.

I love being surrounded by the water and nature and I love sailing with another person. 

Luckily, I haven’t had too many mishaps but one time my kicker strap snapped and the boom wouldn’t stay on the mast because it was pretty windy so I had to sail without the boom. 

My best moment sailing was probably when I saw a porpoise in the river. But some of my other favourite moments have just been sailing up or back down from the spit with friends whilst listening to music. 

My favourite moment on the water in 2021 was being back teaching the courses having missed 2020 due to Covid.”

Milly McCann

2022 Instructor

Orford Sailing Club

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Isabella Waite

2022 Instructor

Orford Sailing Club

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Matilda Sidel

2022 Instructor

Orford Sailing Club

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Raffy Hollis

2022 Instructor

Orford Sailing Club

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Our Instructors 2021

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