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“James, often when your dreams come true the reality fails to live up to your imagined world. Not in this case and very largely because of the people that have helped us realise the dream. So our very sincere thanks to you for the part you have played in delivering this fantastic reality!! From a personal point of view I want to thank you for your patience, calm and very clear instruction and copious use of neutral gear in driving both boat and trainee helmsman!!”

James Brooke Academy


RYA Recognised Training Centre
Approved by Sunseeker London Ltd


 


 


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“James, thank you from all of us for such a wonderful, educational and special three days. We had such a fantastic time with you and it has been such a pleasure to have met you; we look forward to seeing you again soon!”

 
“Many thanks James for your invaluable help, it has been a lot of fun too!”

Learn how to drive a Sunseeker!


Imagine taking the controls of a brand new Sunseeker and mastering the art of boat handling with your family and friends. The James Brooke Academy offers a unique style of training for prospective owners to experience the quality of craftsmanship, luxury finish and stunning performance of these exceptional boats whilst learning about navigation, seamanship and close quarter marina handling.

With over twenty years of experience as a Yachtmaster Instructor, a former Royal Marine Commando and RNLI Lifeboat crewman, James Brooke launched the Academy with the approval of the Sunseeker London Group to provide support for new owners and to give customers an opportunity to experience training of the highest quality before making a purchase.

Brand new Sunseeker 86 Yacht and Manhattan 52 to become flagship Academy training boats


We’re delighted to announce the James Brooke Academy is taking delivery of a stunning new Sunseeker Manhattan 52 and a luxurious new Sunseeker 86 Yacht for 2017, enabling clients to learn how to manoeuvre and handle the very latest in Sunseeker’s design and technology.

A range of training packages include learning the fine art of boat handling in marinas, passage planning and offshore navigation. Courses lead to MCA / RYA Qualifications up to Yachtmaster including the ICC (International Certificate of Competence). Based on the UK’s south coast the Academy operates in an ideal location to experience tides, harbour approaches, and of course how to discover a nice anchorage for lunch!

Training


Training can be arranged on your own boat or on our Academy training boats in the UK. An ‘inclusive’ style of training encourages all family members to play a role, and you will be taught everything you’ll need to appreciate the performance, engineering and innovation of your Sunseeker.

“There are so many elements to the Academy that I feel passionately about. I love demonstrating the fine art of boat handling, showing families how to help crew, and teaching essential navigation techniques. I’m delighted we are able to offer the very highest quality of training on the finest British built boats, showing owners how to harness the power and control these phenomenal boats with their fingertips.”

James Brooke

Academy Principal

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Boat Handling

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Seamanship

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VHF Radio

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Safety Equipment

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Passage Planning

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GPS

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Tides

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Engine Checks

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Navigation

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Radar

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Meteorology

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Crewing

Yacht Sales Consultancy


Let your boating journey start here with an opportunity to try before you buy, and benefit from essential advice during your purchase to allow your dream to become reality. With a range of boats available to train on, this is an ideal way to discover which particular boat is right for you. We work hand in hand with the Sunseeker Southampton, Poole and London offices to provide all the support you and your family deserve, ensuring your boating journey is smooth and hugely enjoyable!

Testimonials


“Many thanks James for your invaluable help, it has been a lot of fun too!”

“James, often when your dreams come true the reality fails to live up to your imagined world. Not in this case and very largely because of the people that have helped us realise the dream. So our very sincere thanks to you for the part you have played in delivering this fantastic reality!! From a personal point of view I want to thank you for your patience, calm and very clear instruction and copious use of neutral gear in driving both boat and trainee helmsman!!”

“James, thank you from all of us for such a wonderful, educational and special three days. We had such a fantastic time with you and it has been such a pleasure to have met you; we look forward to seeing you again soon!”

Boat Show Family Offer

Individual courses booked at the Boat Show will include complementary training for up to four family members.

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