Richard (Taff) Owens

Richard (Taff) Owens


Richard (Taff) Owens RYA Coach Assessor and owner of Pembrokeshire Performance Sailing Academy


Richard (Taff) Owens has been an RYA Coach Assessor since 2004 and in the time since has spent a huge amount of time coaching and training a diverse amount of sailing skills to those wishing to take their sailing further.

His biggest love is teaching and sailing in the iconic Laser 5000, the original one design twin wire skiff to hit the headlines in the early 1990s.   In addition to his RYA Coaching qualifications, Taff is the Chairman of the Class Association and regularly delivers coaching weekends to the class as well as competing at National and European level.  In addition to the 5000, Taff has also gained experience in the 470 Class and RS400 in addition to racing in Laser 2000 with the Army.

Having worked with the Army Sailing Association and more recently with the RYA Cymru/Wales Youth Squads, Taff is keen to assist those who wish to improve their club sailing to become more competitive and thus increase competition within the various clubs throughout the country.

Richard is a true professional in his field, he is highly motivated and driven to succeed and has played a major part in developing inshore sail training in the Army over the last few years

John MetcalfeWindsurfing Training Manager, Army Sailing Assoc

Richard is an imaginative and talented Sailing Coach who uses a variety of delivery methods to achieve significant improvements in his clients. Well organised and able to adapt to changing environments he is a pleasure to work alongside and can be relied upon to deliver either ashore or on the water. With ample experience in high performance classes he has a great deal to offer to those with the drive to improve.

Wayne ShirleyRoyal Navy Sailing Manager, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

I have done a fair amount of training with PPSA and truly cannot recommend the organisation and courses highly enough! I always come away from courses at PPSA having learned loads and perhaps most importantly with my zest for sailing renewed and my enthusiasm as high as a kite! I am already signing up for courses at PPSA in 2015 and can’t wait

Dominic BrownDinghy Instructor at Cardigan Bay Watersports

Additionally, as Coach/Assessor, Taff is able to deliver RYA Dinghy Instructor, Senior Instructor and Advanced Instructor Training as well as multihull and keelboat training.

Taff is an experienced Powerboat Instructor, qualified to Advanced Instructor level and is keen to ensure Safety requirements are at the forefront of any training delivered.  Taff is also an RYA Shorbased Instructor able to deliver training in Navigation, Seamanship and Safety, Sea Survival techniques, First Aid and Marine VHF Short Range Radios.

Having gained extensive background knowledge as an instructional Officer in his previous career, Taff is now using that knowledge to deliver not only the practical ‘on water’ training that will develop skills in the individual undertaking it, but also a breadth of theory courses that enhance and improve the practical skills being taught.