About Us

Over 40 years of experience combined to bring you the best in training, development & excitement on the water. As the main Haslar Sea School in The Solent, our RYA Training Centre with sailing and powerboat courses in Gosport & Portsmouth Hampshire and the South Coast, has the course for you!

On the water, online, or ashore in our modern, purpose built classroom and training facility, we never compromise on quality. Our friendly knowledgeable skippers and instructors are with you during every step of your learning experience. We have Yacht Charter yacht hire, Bareboat or Skippered hire options, why not follow our ethos of “Dream, Explore, Discover” and do something exciting with your friends or family. Bareboat Yacht Charter, Sailing Adventures, holidays, our own bespoke courses, Experience Days and lots more in the sailing, sea school and powerboating world. All our sailing school courses, and every activity we offer, are run on a friendly yet professional basis with experienced instructors who will make your sailing school lessons informative, exciting, fun, and memorable.

Meet the Team


Gemma Wheelhouse



Gemma is our RYA Principal and the reason things run as they do. She is tirelessly looking after students & guests, ensuring our standards are kept so high. Gemma has over 15 years yachting experience on a range of boats. Originally from Surrey, before taking the helm, Gemma was a customer services team manager for Hampshire County Council for 10 years prior to setting up Bacchus Yachting. She has a background in hospitality & catering having previously run public houses, and restaurants and working in the travel industry. She loves family & friends along with shoes (which girl doesn’t!) and has a passion for sailing, reading, entertaining and skiing in winter months.


Lloyd Wheelhouse

Chief Instructor


After sailing with and passing so many students over the years he has one life passion and that is the sea!. Brought up on the East Coast in Yorkshire, Lloyd was on the North Sea from age 1!. Over 40 years experience from childhood to now. Dinghy sailing, racing, powerboating and involvement in yacht sailing before moving south. He’s been a publican, worked in the motor trade and for a top UK water-skiing centre as instructor. Now a commercial Yachtmaster, Yachtmaster Instructor both practical & theory, Diesel Engine Instructor & a Powerboat Instructor & coach. Supporting students online, in the classroom and onboard. He loves motorbikes, cars, diving and snow sports. He’s sailed over 30,000 miles and has owned several larger boats, his current yacht is a Jeanneau 44.


Colin Worth

Instructor and Fleet Manager


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