About us

Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory located in the Caribbean. The island is located in the Leeward Islands, part of the chain of islands known as the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies.

Montserrat Yachting Association (MYA) has been established for the purpose of developing yachting in Montserrat. MYA is registered in Montserrat (registration number 01/2014).

Managing Director of MYA is Mr. Peter Robert Ainsworth, RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore and Powerboat Instructor, Drascombe Association Member, Past President and Commodore of Aberdaron Sailing Club, Governor and Lifeboat Sea Safety Officer of Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Sea Safety Advisor Trainer.

Operations Director of MYA is Mrs. Margaret Ainsworth, MSc, MIPD, MISM.

Peter started sailing with his older brother about 60 years ago. They sailed a Graduate dinghy, gunter rigged and 12 feet in length. After a couple of years they wanted a faster boat and bought an Enterprise. In the 1970s Peter and his brotherhad a small sailing cruiser, based at Abersoch and sailed the North Wales coast. Peter has cruised in the Irish Sea, the West Coast of Scotland,and sailed to Ireland, the Isle of Man and around the Isle of Anglesey. He has raced in the Three Peaks race from Barmouth in Wales to Fort William in Scotland, and in the ISORA races (Irish Sea Ocean Racing Association). He has also sailed in the English Channel and to France in a Moody 376 based in the Hamble River and many times to Cowes in the Isle of Wight, the home of British yachting.

Peter and his wife Margaret owned a 38ft cutter rigged sloop “Grey Wing”, which they kept in Jolly Harbour, Antigua for 5 years in which they visited Barbuda, Guadaloupe, Dominica, and Montserrat. Since selling Grey Wing they have spent many vacations in Montserrat. In the UK, Peter and Margaret now own a Drascombe, and every summer attend as many Drascombe Association Rallies as they can!

Overseas Instructors of Montserrat Yachting Association:

  • Eugene Platon (Ukraine)

    Eugene Platon (Ukraine), an international yachtsman and Principal of Eugene Platon Yachting School (Montenegro), participant of a number of world class sailing events, including the most prestigious Volvo Ocean Race (formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race). In 1989/90, he was a key member (watch leader) of team "Fazisi" the only Soviet Union entry to the Whitbread Round the World Race. Later, Eugene Platon brought his sailing/navigation and management experience to the Ukrainian team that for the first time in history entered Whitbread Round the World Race on board "Hetman Sahaidachny" in 1993/94. Competing with the world's top sailors, Platon was successful in skippering and navigating the Ukrainian yacht into 7th place overall, despite the fact that other competitors had significantly larger budgets. Early practical sailing and navigation experience made Eugene Platon one of the best yacht racing skippers on the Black Sea, and he got even more advanced with his sailing and navigation skills while having the experience of ocean yacht racing. Having sailed the Volvo Ocean Race twice, Platon also combined his skipper and navigator knowledge with yacht’s design and construction. "Hetman Sahaidachny" was a new generation of ocean racing yachts, - the high tech Whitbread 60 design. Using a design from top naval architect Bruce Farr, "Hetman Sahaidachny" was built under the direct management of Eugene Platon with advanced aerospace technology. For "Fazisi", Platon was also instrumental in the construction of the vessel. Eugene Platon was the leader of the Russian Project for the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race. In 2009 Platon joined as technical expert the SpeedDream project - a quest to build the fastest monohull on the planet. Platon is also known as the author of three books about ocean yacht racing: "The Russians are coming", “Formula 1 of the Oceans” and “Skipper’s Notes”. More information about Eugene Platon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Platon

  • Aleksey Petukhov (Cyprus)

    Aleksey Petukhov (Cyprus), certified Yacht Master Offshore up to 200 GT (Motor and Sailing) by Sierra Leone International Yacht Registry.

  • Yuriy Bardin (Ukraine)

    Yuriy Bardin (Ukraine), certified Deep Sea Navigator by Ukrainian Maritme Administration, Master of Yachts up to 500 GT by Ukrainian Maritime Administration, GMDSS Restricted Operator by Ukrainian Maritime Administration and Captain of Yacht (Sailing and Motor) by Ukrainian Safety Shipping River Inspectorate. Yuriy is graduated from Odessa Higher Engineering Maritime Academy in 1989.

  • Maxim Morozov (Ukraine)

    Maxim Morozov (Ukraine), certified Captain of Yacht (Sailing and Motor) by Ukrainian Safety Shipping River Inspectorate, International Bareboat Skipper (Sail) by IYT and VHF Radio Operator by IYT

  • Tom Burland (Thailand)

    Tom Burland (Thailand), certified Yacht Master Ocean Unlimited (Motor and Sailing) by Sierra Leone International Yacht Registry.

  • Gajir Ladjamurah (Qatar)

    Gajir Ladjamurah (Qatar), certified Yacht Master Ocean Unlimited (Motor) by Sierra Leone International Yacht Registry.

  • Ramis Fayzullin (Greece)

    Ramis Fayzullin (Greece), certified Captain of Yacht up to 80 GT by Russia, Skipper (Motor and Power) by IYT, ICC Skipper (Motor and Sail) by IYT, VHF Radio Operator by IYT, Sail and Power Instructor by IYT.

  • Taras Guts (Italy)

    Taras Guts (Italy), certified Captain of Yacht (Sailing and Motor) by Ukrainian State Shipping Inspectorate and VHF Radio Operator by IYT.

  • Sergio Garcia Volkov (Turkey)

    YESIL YELKEN LIMITED SIRKETI (GREEN SAILS LIMITED COMPANY)

    Fethiye, 48300, Turkey

    Sailing School and Charter Company

    Maritime Licence for Marine Agency from Turkish Government

    Owner:

    S/Y Energi - Beneteau First 27.7 - located Limassol Marina, Cyprus

    S/Y FEEL THE WIND - Beneteau First 47.7 - located YES Marina, Fethiye, Turkey

    Co- owner:

    YESIL YELKEN LTD. ( Green Sails) - Turkish private maritime company

    Licenses

    - IYT OF2824TR - yacht master offshore professional

    - ICC 1205

    - Montserrat MS 00111 - yacht master ocean

    - Sierra Leone SL 120093 - yacht master ocean

    - Russia AC 133612 - skipper motor yacht

    Average mileage per year - 5000.

    Main areas of activity:

    - sailing school

    - Sailing regattas

    - Sailing courses for youth

    - Boat inspection and registry

    - Turkish in-out formalities

  • Igor Melnyk (Russia)