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.

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!

I was living in Montserrat for 10 months and during that time I met Serge and Tirzah. I didn’t have much experience with sailing before; I was just onboard a couple times but I was always passionate about sailing. Montserrat Yachting Association gave me a priceless opportunity by giving me sailing lessons: both theoretical (thank you Mr. O’Garro!) and practical lessons for 5 months. While the association taught me about controlling the yacht, wind and weather taught me to be patient! I thoroughly recommend Montserrat Yachting Association and I want to thank all of the members for their professionalism and enthusiasm. It was a big pleasure being your first students.

I have always been curious about sailboats until I met Serge. With his team, he gave me the opportunity to learn more about them. For more than five months, they provided me sailing classes with seriousness, professionalism and safety - as a lifeguard, this point is really important to me. Now I feel really competent at sailing. I highly recommend Montserrat Yachting Association if you are looking for a unique and amazing experience.

From the very first time I met the crew at MYA they have been helpful, friendly and very professional in all that they do. They have given me the support to progress through the sailing system and to achieve instructor status with Montserrat Yachting Association. I look forward to many sailing adventures with Serge, Tirzah and the team in the future.