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The original Cardiff Yacht Company was established in 2011 whilst Peter was still a police officer, and initially provided theory learning opportunities.
In 2014 the first boat an IMX 38, aptly named X Beat established a presence on the water in the Bristol Channel mainly based at Cardiff Marina – we worked with some experience marketing companies and introduced over 150 people to sailing.
In 2015 X Beat was replaced by X Beat II a Beneteau 40.7 purchased with help from two customers – Iain and Andrew. A further 150 people had the benefit of an experience on the water.
In 2016 in partnership with Swansea Watersports RYA Sail Cruising qualifications were made available. Peter was also being drawn into the commercial boat training world with powerboats mainly. An attempt was made to establish a base at Penarth Marina, this proved not to be a commercial undertaking.
So in 2017 a decision was made to move the company and change the name to Swansea Yacht Company.
Commercial and operational learning over the year together with new found opportunities has led the way to a complete overhaul of how the company is structured and what services will be offered from 2018:
Cardiff & Swansea Yacht Company
For the 2018 season we propose to operate from bases at Cardiff and Swansea. The company name has been changed to reflect this, and Peter Pope remains the managing director. In order to provide clarity to customers as to the types of services that are being offered the company has been split into three divisions.
Cardiff Yacht Company – This is a RYA Recognised Training Centre offering RYA Interactive courses for Essential Navigation and the VHF operator. The VHF course is also offered as a classroom course, and also the Diesel Engine 1 day course. The Day Skipper Theory (5 Days) and Yachtmaster Theory courses are also run (6 Days). With competition online they are also offered as 1:1 or 2:1 Tutorials. The RYA Sail Cruising Programme is being provided by Swansea Watersports and run on X Beat II. Any course can be booked and paid for online using a PayPal facility.
Swansea Yacht Company – Here we offer skippered charter aboard X Beat II (and coming in April 2018 a RIB or Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat). There are organised cruises and a regatta entry arranged where you can come and join us – otherwise where we go is subject to you, your time, tides, and of course, the weather. We also offer Private Tuition aboard X Beat II (and in due course the RIB), half day and evening periods are available from Penarth Marina. This is also available on your own boat as well – power or sail. There is a possibility from Mid May we may offer the RIB on a bareboat basis for half or a full day. This will be subject to minimum qualifications, security deposit and a trial drive for this persons not known personally to us. Finally, we can help customers making a purchase, refit, delivery and also managing the yacht for charter or even personal use.
SYCo Commercial Boat Training and Services – This has been set up to train skippers who work or intend to work in the commercial boat world – either sail or power. It has focus of providing this type of training in timely and effective manner with mostly two students. The second service provided under this area is commercial safety boat cover for events, filming or construction – this service will be transportable to any location on the Bristol Channel or inland.
Our compelling aim is to ensure that we offer the most fully rounded and comprehensive service to yachting clients from near and far and that the utmost in professional support is extended to the clients we serve.
‘X Beat II’ is a 2008 Beneteau First 40.7 cruiser racer sailing yacht situated at Swansea Marina for the summer season and based at Penarth Marina for the Autumn/Winter.
X Beat III
X Beat III is a 1999 Ribtec 655 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat – It was re-tubed in 2016, and has a 130hp Honda Engine. It will be commissioned as a coded vessel by mid April and will be available for training and skippered charter.
X BEAT II and X Beat III are berthed at Penarth Marina, CF64 1TT adjacent to the Pier 64 Restaurant
Further Details to follow.
Peter Pope – Managing Director
Retired as a Detective Inspector with South Wales Police at the end of 2012. He holds a Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail) & (Motor) Certificate and is an RYA Cruising Instructor (Sail). He is qualified to teach/assess RYA Navigation Theory courses to Yachtmaster Offshore, VHF and Diesel Engine.
Steffan Evans – Training Associate
Staffan’s background is in managing the legalities of conveyancing and probate. He is a qualified RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor and also VHF instructor/assessor. His goals are to take the Yachtmaster Exams later this year.
Iain Wright – Associate
Iain retired as a Royal Artillery Major after serving 45 years man and boy. He acts as 1st Mate on the majority of the Taster Cruises and adds his considerable wealth of experience of life to the mix.
Andrew O’Sullivan – Associate
Andrew is a successful software entrepreneur and has a number of business interests. He helps Peter as a mentor and advisor for Swansea Yacht Company.
Cardiff & Swansea Yacht Company Limited,
4 Coed Y Broch,
Peter Pope, Managing Director
Mobile: 07403 151561