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Scotland Sailing
Insights into Sailing in Scotland

The 2010 Season Begins…

April 8th, 2010 alison
Yachts sailing out of Kip Marina

Yachts sailing out of Kip Marina

The Easter weekend has now been and gone, and the weather was kind to us (well, for most of it)! There was good sailing to be had on Saturday and Sunday in between the showers, but unfortunately the holiday Monday was predictably wet and windy. The later part of this week though looks like it will be better and the weekend is looking promising, so make some plans to go and float off your berth, and get some practise in for the season ahead.

Summer 2010 looks to be busy for sailing on the Clyde and West Coast. Fairlie Yacht Club’s racing starts next week, and the weekend musters not long after for both Fairlie and the Clyde Cruising Club. The Clyde Cruising Club celebrates its centenary this year with a two week cruise from Ardfern to the Outer Hebrides and back, with numerous musters, dinners and BBQs along the way, and a sail past in the Clyde.

Meanwhile, at Charter For You we’ve been getting ready for the season, promoting the corporate side of the business “Mainsail” at the Main Event Show in March and prepping and polishing the boats so they’re ready for the charterer’s coming. The first RYA course of the season started on Sunday evening and the first charter went out on Wednesday so it feels like there is more activity around the marina and that sailing season 2010 is officially open!

Also Charter For You is now on Facebook so don’t forget to look us up and become a fan!


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Christmas Shopping!

December 7th, 2009 alison

Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Why not buy somebody a daysail? We can supply vouchers for any number of people and they can book their days sailing to suit, with dates running throughout next year.

The itinerary for your day out is flexible. A standard itinerary is as below:

0930 - Arrive at Charter For You Office, Kip Marina where you will get your yachting pack of waterproofs, lifejackets, harness and harness lines. The skipper(s) will introduce themselves and give a short briefing of the day ahead, the weather expected etc. On completion your group move to the pontoon yacht and board one of our yachts.

1015 - A further short onboard safety briefing by the skipper will guide you through safety procedures afloat and you will also be introduced to the deck equipment such as winches, halyards, clutches, boom, emphasising their safe use.

1045 - Mainsail cover ready, the skipper slips the mooring and you’re now on your day sail. The skipper will helm until well outside the marina and the yacht is sailing nicely, then you will be given the opportunity to take part in sailing the yacht, if you wish. You will practice tacking and gybing and make your way towards our lunchtime anchorage. This may be at Millport on the Island of Great Cumbrae, or perhaps the bay at Rothesay or even our own mooring at Innellan. The choice of location is dependent on many factors, including the wind strength and direction on the day.

1245 - Wherever the lunchtime destination, we will aim to be there by about 1245. If more than one boat is used, yachts may raft up, weather permitting, at the anchorage. If the weather is favourable you may have lunch on deck, otherwise in the saloon. It’s a relaxing lunch but we try to keep things moving without rushing.

1400 - Making sure that all is secure, we slip or up anchor and make our way back. If there is more than one boat in the party we may have a fun race back towards our home base at Kip Marina, giving you a chance to improve those sailing skills that you picked up before lunch. Alternatively you may wish to just absorb the scenery, the wildlife and the exhilaration of moving through the water under the power of the wind.

1600 - Approaching the marina, the sails are packed, the deck is tidied and the engine goes on as we reach the marina. The skipper brings the yacht back into the marina and secures her along side.

1700 - You return your sailing pack to the office and perhaps you have a tea or coffee in the café at the marina.

Please call 01475 528 825 or contact the Charter For You office to book your day sail or to get a quotation for any specific requests, eg works outings, team building, group activities etc.

Daysails cost £90 per person and include a soup and sandwich lunch. Vouchers are also available for RYA sailing courses.

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The Kip swans are growing up…

August 20th, 2009 alison

Get in line!

Soon they’ll be white!


West Highland Yachting Week 2009

July 28th, 2009 alison
Spinnakers heading from Tobermory to Oban

Some yachts taking part in West Highland Week 2008

West Highland Yachting Week starts on Friday for those boats in the Clyde ready to make their way west. With a 9am start from outside Kip Marina the competitors will head down round Garroch Head and make their way up to Ardrishaig, ready to go through the Crinan Canal on the Saturday an dmake thier way to Craobh. Those already on the west coast may take part in a feeder race from Gigha (after some live music the night before in the Gigha Hotel) or Oban to Craobh Marina, where an evening of entertainment awaits them in the Lord of the Isles Bar and Restaurant.

On the Sunday the fleet splits into 10 classes and races to Oban. Passing Shuna,going through the Sound of Luing, leaving Easdale and Seil behind them they finish in the Sound of Kerrera and split for the night. At Oban there is a number of places where the fleet will choose to berth. Some may moor outside Oban Sailing Club, while others will tie up at Oban Marina, Kerrera, or Dunstaffnage Marina. One or two boats may even tie up alongside the North Pier, in the very centre of Oban.

The Monday and Tuesday are spent racing out of Oban, with the whole fleet racing round Lismore in an anticlockwise direction on the Monday. On the Tuesday the fleet splits in two with those yachts flying kites going round the cans in the Firth of Lorn, and those who are in the restricted sail classes sailing a set course away from any out of control spinnaker poles! The late starts will allow for a full appreciation of the social programme, with the Kerrera barn dance on the Sunday evening, a skipper’s reception, Oban Sailing Club barbecue, and “Skerryvore” in the Skipinnish celidh house on the Monday, and the Wide Mouthed Frog at Dunstaffnage getting in on the action on the Tuesday afternoon and evening with entertainment and live music.

Wednesday sees the fleet come together once more for the race to Tobermory. The 1130 start means there’s no excuse for being late to the start line, and after passing Lismore Light, the entrance of Loch Aline, Green Island and Calve Island the fleet will settle in Tobermory Bay for the night. On the Thursday the fleet again splits into two groups for the Round the cans racing in the Sound of Mull. Entertainment in Tobermory will be the usual selection of live music and celidhs. Macgochans Pub has both “Trail West” and “Gunna Sound” playing live, and it would be a surprise if there was not some sort of live music in the Mishnish also.

On the Friday there’s the earliest race start of the week with the race from Tobermory, back down the Sound of Mull, to Oban starting at 08.30am. Hopefully this will give everyone a bit of time to get cleaned up and presentable for the final prizegiving in the Corran Halls on Friday evening.

Best of luck to everyone who’s competing in West Highland Week this year, let’s hope for fair weather and good winds! Anyone who’s interested in seeing more of the sailing instructions will find them here, and there’s lots of additional information in the West Highland Week website.

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Sunny weather and summer holidays

July 15th, 2009 alison

The recent spell of gloriously sunny weather looked set to end this week on the Clyde, but so far at Kip the rain has not managed to make a lasting appearance. Good news for the two sailing courses out! One course was out over the weekend and arrived back in this afternoon having had some rain, but also enough time to dry out before having to pack away their things and head home. The second course departed yesterday after some berthing practise. The weather forecast showed numerous low pressure systems heading their way and it seemed like they were doomed to a damp week, but it turns out that if the weather holds as it has done the last couple of days they may only get rained on in the mornings!

Looking out at Kip Marina at the moment the sun is beating down on the boats, but many of the berths are empty as people have gone on their summer cruises. This weekend the Clyde Cruising Club holds its annual Tobermory Race, a race popular with members who want to go sailing around the west coast for their holidays.  With options to sail Round the Mull to Crinan on the 17th July, or to go from Rothesay to Ardrishaig on the 18th, heading west through the Crinan Canal, to join up with the boats which have gone Round the Mull for the second part of the race from Loch Craignish to Tobermory on the 19th July. This year the tides appear to have been kind to the competitors with a 9am start rather than the 4am start it often can be.

The last Fairlie Yacht Club event was the Holy Loch Race on the 4th July. Light winds meant the racing took most of the day, but the fleet managed to avoid most of the rain showers which were gracing our shores that day. The next Fairlie event is not until the 15th August with a crew race from Largs to Ardlamont, and a muster at Portavadie marina that evening.

With so many boats away, or about to head off on their cruising adventures, the marina is quite quiet, but there was some excitment as the marina’s resident swans hatched their eggs and 4 new signets are now learning to swim in the peaceful waters of Kip.

Proud parents

Proud parents with the new additions to the Kip family

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Mylne Classic Regatta 2009

July 6th, 2009 alison
Fyfe 18

Some Fyfe Yachts racing during the 2008 Fyfe Regatta

Starting on Sunday 12th July is the Mylne Classic Regatta. In an event that may be reminiscent to some of the Fyfe Regatta last summer, these Alfred Mylne designed yachts will compete in numerous races, from Helensburgh to Rothesay, Round Bute, To Cumbrae and back from Rothesay to Rhu, meaning there will be plenty to see over the week. Let’s hope the good weather we’ve been having holds so we can see some of these yachts in their full glory! There will also be opportunities for the public to visit the yachts at each stopover.

Sure to be a sight from the land, why not get out and look at them from the water? With daysail spaces available from Kip on Saturday 18th July 2009 take the opportunity to sail the Firth of Clyde, enjoy the scenery and wildlife, and perhaps see some of these yachts as they make their way home from the regatta.

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Our new Events page

June 9th, 2009 alison

Check out our new Events page to find out about some of the sailing and waterbased events that are happening in Scotland this year. Its been a while in coming and is still getting added to, so check back for other events added shortly.

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