Learn & improve with Moonfleet Sailing

Moonfleet Sailing, based in beautiful Poole, Dorset can offer you a taster weekend break, a full 5 day or 3 weekend RYA course, or one of our longer 7 day adventure sailing holidays commencing in May taking in the Brittany Coast and Channel Islands.

Experienced sailors will need no telling, but for those who have never tried it, sailing is an exhilarating way to spend a few days or longer. From complete novice to aspiring Yachtmaster Offshore, Moonfleet has the right programme for everyone.

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Browse our Calendar

Check out our calendar to see when our cruises and RYA courses are scheduled.

RYA Practical Training

Practical courses from Start Yachting through to RYA Yachtmaster.

RYA Shorebased Courses

We offer a comprehensive range of RYA Shorebased courses.

Sailing Cruises

Our cruises take you away for a long weeked or a full week.

Skippered Charter

Skippered Charter lets you charter safely when you don’t have the experience or don’t want the hassle.

Online Training

Online Learning let you choose when and for how long you study. It’s all on your terms!

What you can expect

Moonfleet Sailing operates from Cobbs Quay in Poole Harbour, an ideal base from which to explore the Dorset and Devon coastlines, the Solent, Channel Islands and France. The Moonfleet team consists of Noel Smith who is Principal and owner, a Yachtmaster Instructor with over 40 years sailing experience. who instructs all of the courses himself, previous clients will testify to his experience, skill, instructional ability and patience to ensure you receive a personal service. His wife Christine runs the office to take your call and to assist you in chosing the right course or experience.

Thank you for the best tuition available to complete my RYA Day Skipper course. The Instructor had vast experience, excellent knowledge and first class expertise.

This is the fourth RYA course I have booked for my family. Moonfleet is a clear winner in the standard of tuition, safely providing fun whilst learning.

Best value RYA practical course available. Moonfleet beats the competition hands down with its all inclusive prices, no hidden extras.


I have just passed my Yachtmaster Offshore exam after a week of expert tuition from Noel, on board his well-maintained, fast and comfortable Bavaria 36, Ultra. Noel is an excellent and highly experienced skipper. He’s seen it all and behind his gruff exterior and his willingness to leave you in no doubt at all when he thinks you’ve got it wrong is a calm and confidence-inspiring teacher with a great sense of humour and a permanent twinkle in his eye. Simon Janion

Many thanks to Noel and Christine of Moonfleet Sailing. Christine for her hard work behind the scene and Noel for his patience and vast amount of knowledge.

In quick succession I have now sailed with Noel for my RYA Competant Crew and the combined RYA Theory and Practical Day Skipper courses. I have also completed my RYA VHF Radio Course with Noel and have sailed on a five day cruise to gain more needed experience but without the pressure of skippering the boat.

Steve Phelps

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