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2010 - Heron Sailing Ltd was formed by Catal Bishopp and Kirk Epps as a Yacht Charter company offering skippered charter, based in Ramsgate.

2012 - Heron Sailing Sea School was formed.  Having achieved recognition as an RYA Training Centre, we began to offer the whole range of sailing, theory and specialist courses.  We also began to work closely with the Royal Temple Yacht Club (RTYC), Ramsgate.

2013 - Heron Sailing continued to grow, expanding its repertoire into corporate packages and value-added yacht charter for group clients.  We also began to work closely with the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club (RCPYC), Dover.

2014 - Heron Sailing started working with language schools and providing short courses and charter packages which catered to groups of English Language Learners, most notably receiving groups from Kent School of English and Churchill House.

2015 - Heron Sailing relocated to Dover harbour, in order to take advantage of the shortest crossing point to France and Europe.  We also decided to deepen our relationship with RCPYC, who has since taken over the running of our RYA courses.  As such, Heron Sailing took the decision to de-recognise as an RYA training centre, instead focussing on the wide range of charter products available for corporate, educational and private groups.

All courses and charters are provided aboard our very own sailing yacht Torbellin - a Sigma 38 - moored in Dover Marina.

Catal Bishopp | Principal

Catal Bishopp | Principal

Catal Bishopp is the co-owner and Director of Heron Sailing.  He first started sailing in dinghies at Herne Bay Sailing Club and then progressed onto bigger boats with the Rona Sailing Project, where he gained the prestigious Amory Award.  Personal leisure sailing over the last decade have resulted in "Bishopp's" irrepressible passion for the sea.

He says:

"Heron Sailing is the perfect place to go yacht sailing in England.  All of our skippers are RYA-qualified Yachtmasters and we have a professional, dedicated and friendly team.

Whether you are a company looking for some corporate hospitality, a visiting school group looking to engage with the sea, or a group of friends hoping to try something different, Heron Sailing can guide and advise you to get the most out of your sailing voyage with us.  So don't hesitate - give us a call today."


Chris Bordas | Skipper

Chris Bordas

Apart from being an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, Chris Bordas was a Ships Master and has over 20 years' experience as a Ships Pilot for the Thames Estuary and Medway.  He has instructed for a number of other sailing schools as well as running his own.

We are delighted to have him on the team - adding to our reputation for excellent instruction - and as a "safe pair of hands" on skippered charters.

Qualifications to date: RYA Yachtmaster (commercially endorsed) and RYA Yachtmaster Instructor.