Roland Bowen – Yachtmaster Examiner & Principal Instructor

Roland Bowen launched Pembrokeshire Cruising in 1994. His passion for sailing and teaching, patience and sense of humour is shared by his trusted team of RYA Instructors, ensuring a successful and enjoyable experience for all. As an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner and Yachtmaster Instructor in sail and power, Roland is Director and Principal Instructor of Pembrokeshire Cruising.

Roland’s favourite slice of cake is hunk of lemon drizzle

Meet the trusted team of RYA Instructors

David Hartshorn – Yachtmaster Instructor

Dave has been a Yachtmaster Instructor here at Pembrokeshire Cruising since 2009. Dave has equal enthusiasm for both sail cruising and yacht racing. Dave has just returned to Pembrokeshire Cruising having completed the 2017/18 Clipper Around the World Race as Race Skipper. We are delighted to have him back on the water here at Neyland Yacht Haven.

Dave’s favourite indulgence is a slice of ginger cake

Stephen Hall – Yachtmaster Instructor

Stephen grew up in a seafaring family, he started sailing and building wooden boats at a young age with his father. His business life in the music industry was just a way to fund his sailing:- racing and cruising modern and traditional craft in the UK and abroad, including Atlantic crossings. The years and miles at sea have given him a deep understanding of what you need to know to safely play on boats. His teaching style is relaxed but thorough. Stephen is a Yachtmaster Ocean and after working full time at sea on a classic Gaff Cutter became a Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor. He now spends his time enjoying life, coaching sailing and cruising with his family.

Stephen’s favourite cake rich fruit cake! Or anything chocolatey!

Charles Lyster – Yachtmaster Instructor

Charles loves the great outdoors and is a true adventurer by heart. As well as modern cruising yachts he has skippered dipping lug cutters, tall ships, Thames barges, Dutch Tjalk barges, a gaff-rigged trawler as well as his own faerings and classic yachts, so his experience on the water is extensive. Charles delivers excellent tuition along with his great sense of fun and adventure.

Charles’s favourite cake is a classic wedge of Victoria sponge.

Martin Smith – Yachtmaster Instructor

Martin is a Yachtmaster Instructor with over 30yrs of experience. His sailing adventures have seen him navigate not only UK waters but also France, Spain Portugal and Greece. Martin’s patience & enthusiasm as a valued instructor is evident whilst out on the water. In his own time he loves nothing better than to be cruising in his own boat with his wife and family.

Martin’s favourite cake is coffee and walnut….?!

Nikki Bowen – Office Administrator

Nikki is a self-confessed pleasure sailor and enjoys the simplicity life offers on the water. Happy to crew and cook on board at any opportunity she is given to get out of the office. Nikki will be your first point of contact here at Pembrokeshire Cruising and will guide you through the booking process, joining instructions and arrival procedures. She is always happy to answer any questions or queries you may have, so do not hesitate to get in touch.

Nikki’s favourite chunk of cake is Simnel (moist and fruity with melted marzipan inside)