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A brief résumé of the sailing & teaching history of ABSC's instructor.

Brian at Marstal Denmark


  • CertEd. (A.P.U.) 94.
  • BoT Yachtmaster. (London) 74.
  • City and Guilds FAETC., (7307 Teaching qualification) 92.
  • RYA recognition as a shorebased teaching school,
    title: AB. Sailing Cruises. 93
  • RYA Diesel Engine Instructors Certificate, 93.
  • RYA Authority to test candidates for International Certificate of Competence, (I.C.C.)
  • VHF Radio operators licence 80.
  • GMDSS VHF DSC Short Range Certificate. Assessor's award 2001.
  • City & Guilds level 2 IT practitioners SD E-Quals (Distiction) 2004.
Kiebitz all of a rush

Brian Thompson, Principal of ABSC. 60 years of practical sailing experience: Starting in 1951 using RNSA dinghies on the river Thames at Ravens Ait, Surbiton. (S.C.C.) After which continued with chartered sailing cruisers on the Norfolk Broads from 1959 to 69. Acquiring an offshore sailing cruiser in 1969, which the family based on the river Crouch, Essex. Elected Commodore of Hullbridge Y.C. from 1982 to 86. Left the Crouch in 1987, transferring to the Walton Backwaters, an area made famous by Arthur Ransome in 'Secret Water'. Elected to the finance Committee of Walton & Frinton Yacht Club 1989, designed and installed club's first computerised database, resigned from Committee Dec’ 94. Cruised continually from 1969 in a variety of boats, culminating in an award in 89 by the Cruising Association, (The C.A.) "the Dugon Cup" for best cruise in a boat up to 25ft LOA, "Walton Backwaters to Copenhagen & return". (A "Wing" Class sloop, named 'Kiebitz' (pictured left) designed by Colin Mudie & E.G.Van de Stadt)

The 'MkII Halmatic 30'
Hans Anderson's Mermaid at Copenhagen

Brian and his wife have sailed to the Baltic on several occasions since 1989. Acquiring a new boat in 92 they sailed inside the German Ostfriesland Islands (The Wattfahrwasser) to Langeoog, via Baltram, Nordernéy and Borkum, (an area made famous in "The Riddle of the Sands" by Erskine Childers). 1994 around the Danish archipelago, via the Little Belt, Great Belt, Roskilda Fjord and the Sound. 1995 from Walton Backwaters to Sweden and return via the Göto Canal, (Mem, Slätbaken to Göteborg) logging approximately 2,350 Miles. 1997 Walton Backwaters to Norway's capital city Oslo, and back logging 2,190.  Most recent Baltic cruises; 2001, 2003 & 2004 (the Danish archipelago) Since obtaining their current vessel a "MkII HALMATIC 30" in 1992, (variously pictured right) Brian and his wife Adela have cruised in excess of 20,000nm aboard her. Due to unfortunate health problems this Halmatic has now been SOLD.

Shere Khan in Swedish waters
Collecting the 'Dugon Cup at the CA

Practical teaching experience 38 years. Starting in Sept' 1974 with the Inner London Education Authority (I.L.E.A. at The Lansbury Institute, Bow, London.) teaching basic navigation. Now, the London Boro' of Tower Hamlets, Adult Education Dept. (Lifelong Learning) Teaching RYA Dayskipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased courses, and V.H.F (DSC) radio telephone and practical Diesel engine courses. Began teaching for Essex County Council at Frinton Adult Education Centre known now as the Tendring Adult Community College (TACC) from 1988 until the Government removed funding (via the L.S.C) from Adult Ed. Brian has also taught at the Nottage Maritime Institute in Wivenhoe, Essex. Additionally RYA intensive courses are available at AB.Sailing Cruises, plus I.C.C's & CEVNI endorsements when required. You can reach us either by email using the query page, or phone 01255 674222.

Navigation area
Hydrographers Crest

If you have not sailed around the Essex & Suffolk area before here is a useful link: “Harwich Haven Authority’s” web site, where you will find much useful information about our estuaries, rivers & marina's, and to help you keep your chart folio up to date before you sail round from the South Coast or elsewhere:“The Hydrographers weekly notices to mariners” web-site, we cannot have you coming to grief on our secret sand banks in the Thames Estuary. Another area made famous by a well known yachting author; Maurice Griffiths and his charming book: the Magic of the Swatch ways, available from Amazon.

Harwich Haven Crest

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