The Team

The Falmouth School of Sailing instructors

Falmouth Sailing courses

We are a friendly, long-established sailing and powerboat school located in one of the largest and most beautiful natural working harbours in the world.

We are situated off the Fal Estuary, in the heart of the historical maritime town of Falmouth.

The local waters provide one of the most versatile, and picturesque locations for Watersports in Europe.

Falmouth School of Sailing is an independent, fully recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training and Chartering School. We are also licensed by Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA).


Robb Thurston

Rob Thurston.

The Training Centre's Principal

I have been in and around boats for the last 27 years, starting at a young age in dinghy sailing where I took up competitive racing. I have been teaching and coaching sailing for 16 years and powerboating for the last 11 years. I have sailed and used many different types of boats, large and small. I am an active volunteer for the RNLI Falmouth Sea Safety Team promoting and giving sea safety advice to people who use the sea.

Chris Ruberry

Chris Ruberry

Instructor

Chris has many years experience of teaching in the emergency services, commercial operators and leisure sailors. He is a Chartered Safety & Health Practioner. He is a serving fire officer and is a specialist in Firefighting and Rescue at Sea, being a member of the UK Search & Rescue Marine Incident Response Group. He is Senior Helmsman and instructor of Cornwall's Fire Boat. He has been with FSOS for the last 3 years.

Paul Greensmith

Paul Greensmith

Instructor

Paul Started racing Optimist dinghies at the age of 8 and progressing through to A-class catamarans in the mid-teens then switching to keelboat racing. Powerboats have also been apart of life for the past 30 years whilst teaching powerboating for the last 10 years. As an active volunteer for the HM Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team on The Lizard, Paul certainly has salt-water coursing through his veins!


Nickoli Woodley-Yost

Nickoli Woodley-Yost

Senior Instructor

Nickoli spending most of his younger years growing up on one of the islands off of the west coast of Scotland, was brought up around and on the sea. He first started sailing at the age of 13 when he joined the Sea Cadets in the Highlands and has continued to sail and powerboat since! In 2008 he started at the Scottish School for Sport, Exercise and Outdoor Studies studying Outdoor Education  during which he worked at a large family-run centre in South West Scotland gaining large amounts of experience and his Instructor qualifications in Sailing, Windsurfing, Powerboating and Paddlesport. After working for a few more years in Scotland, he decided to move somewhere warmer and joined FSOS at the beginning of 2012. 5 years on from gaining his qualifications Nickoli said he still love teaching watersports and enjoy the various challenges this can bring.