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Scotland Sailing
Insights into Sailing in Scotland

Time to investigate a new destination?….The Glenuig Inn.

May 21st, 2012 alison

Glenuig Inn

The Glenuig Inn has now installed 10 Visitor Yacht Moorings in Glenuig Bay, including 2 for Yachts up to 15 tons and 8 for Yachts up to 10 tons.

The entrance to Glenuig Bay is at 56°50’N 05°49’W and our moorings are marked with Yellow Buoys. The text on the Buoys reads ‘Glenuig Inn’, ‘Pay at Bar’ & ‘Max 10 Tons’ or ‘Max 15 Tons’.

All are deep water moorings, with some outside and some inside the skerries; please call us to direct you to a suitable mooring for your needs.

Glenuig Bay has a Slipway that provides easy access for yachts, dive boats, dinghys, kayaks and fishing boats at almost all states of the tide, being both just a short walk and visible from the Inn.

Glenuig Bay

We charge £10 per 24 hours or part thereof, payable at the Bar in Glenuig Inn, which is fully refundable if you Dine with Us the same day or evening.

Glenuig Inn is open all day, every day, serving Sea-food and Home-cooked meals from 12.00pm to 9.00pm daily, all year round.

Bookings are not required, but please let us know if your party is 8 or more persons.

To slake your thirst we serve a good selection of Real Ales, Organic Wines, Malts & more for you to enjoy . . .

Please call us on 0795 735 6099 or email us on to book your mooring or for any enquiries . . . and we are pet friendly, so the ship’s dog can come ashore too!

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Get Sailing 2012

April 4th, 2012 alison

Easter is almost upon us and with it the start of the 2012 season. While some hardy folk have already been out sailing in the chillier weather, here at Mainsail we have been working away getting the boats all prepped for the forthcoming season, and waiting for some warmer weather! The first daysail is on Saturday 14th April and we still have some places left. Get the most out of your sailing season and come and join us for what will hopefully be some sunshine sailing!

Daysail relaxation

Daysail relaxation

Daysail information can be found on our Yachting Trips website.

More daysails are planned for later in the year, book 2 places during April and get 10% off!

Daysail dates: Saturday 14th April, Sunday 13th May, Saturday 2nd June, Sunday 17th June, Saturday 7th July,  Sunday 5th August, Saturday 1st September, Sunday 16th September

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2010 so far…

September 13th, 2010 alison

The 2010 season at Charter For You has been a busy one with not much blogging time, but the changing weather which suggests that the sailing season may not have long left this year has produced a lull and the chance to look back at the season so far.

Our Bavaria 44 “Pamina” had enjoyed a winter sojourn in Lanzarote and made her way back to the Clyde during April. A trip via Madiera, Portugal, France and Ireland,  saw her arriving back at the end of the month with only a few weeks left before she was due out on her first charters. An erupting volcano couldn’t stop her making it back on time! Meanwhile the first RYA courses and bareboat charters of the season were underway.

“Pamina” had an exciting start to her season with a multi-boat stag party to take care of and then a trip to Scottish Series as mother ship to one of the racing boats, along with her usual daysails and family holidays where she got to tour her familiar waters of the Clyde. The other charter boats were also cruising the west coast in style. “Iona” took a few trips up and down the west coast to Badachro, Gairloch, and “Rotozaza” did some milebuilders from Inverkip to Oban so that she could enjoy some West Coast cruising with her owners before going on to do a long West Coast charter with some visitors from Germany. “Clan” also had been taken on a few trips around the Mull and back through the Crinan Canal.

“Blue” the Moody 54 was also doing some long distance cruising this year, after a weeks charter in the Clyde she took a trip up the West Coast and out to the Outer Hebrides for the Clyde Cruising Club’s centenary cruise. She partook in their sunflower of yachts in Loch Drambuie, before dropping her guests in Oban and heading back down to Kip Marina for the rest of the season.

Later “Pamina” was out again on a multi-yacht party and could be seen tearing her way down the Clyde to Lamlash on one of the windiest weekends of the year so far.

Pamina en route to Arran

Pamina en route to Arran

Although it’s raining now, the weather has really been quite kind to us this season. There has been plenty of breeze to provide fantastic sailing and really it is hard to beat sailing up the west coast, round villages and towns… (thank you Deacon Blue). Most of the charterers have experienced wind and sunshine with the odd rain shower, and, hopefully this will continue. Rainy it may be, but it is still warm and with the weather set to improve as the week goes on we hope that the rest of the charters and courses this year will get the weather they are wanting to make their holiday something special.

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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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Preparation for Yachtmaster Ocean 2009 by John Rigby Yachtmaster Instructor

February 11th, 2010 John

Early in 2009 a decision was made to take one of the charter yachts, Pamina a Bavaria 44, operated by Charter For You based at Inverkip to the Canaries for the winter of 2009. With the yacht making the return trip in the Spring of 2010.

Pamina en route

Pamina en route

Having worked for Charter For You for the past couple of seasons it was an ideal opportunity for me to work towards my Yachtmaster Ocean qualification.

I completed an intensive theory course in the spring which concentrated on celestial navigation and ocean passage making, but not without thinking that my brain was going into meltdown as I tried to get to grips with the theory behind sun sights and the use of the sextant. Bill the skipper for the whole of the voyage planned the trip in four legs. Inverkip to Southern Ireland, Northern Spain then Madeira, finally arriving in Lanzarote.

Approaching Madeira

Approaching Madeira

I joined the yacht for the leg from La Coruna to Madeira and attached is a link to the narrative log I kept for the 6 days it took to complete the passage.

The narrative log along with the ships log and sun sights taken en route were then presented to an Ocean Examiner for checking, with an oral exam of approximately 2 hours being the final part of the process, which I completed in October.

Although not intending to use the qualification in a professional manner, it was the culmination of a long held ambition of mine and well worth the effort.

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Book your charter or sailing course before 31st January and take advantage of 2009 prices!

January 13th, 2010 alison

Charter For You

Book your charter holiday with Charter For You before the 31st January and still take advantage of 2009 prices!

Details are on our website or contact the office to discuss your charter requirements.

Tel. 01475 528 825 or use the contact form.

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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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Winter Yacht Care

November 25th, 2009 alison
Snow on the water

Snow on the water

Over the winter it can be hard to fit in looking after your boat around all the festivities. Let Charter For You take the pressure off and keep an eye on your yacht for you. Based at Kip Marina we can respond to the weather when you can’t and check that lines are secure and that electrical connections and equipment such as heaters and dehumidifiers are still working. A number of Winter Care / Guardianage packages are available, and can be tailored to suit your needs. All of which means you can enjoy all the other activities which winter brings while having peace of mind that your boat is being cared for.

Details are available from Charter For You. Fill in the contact form, or call us on 01475 528 825

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Milebuilding opportunity.

November 18th, 2009 alison


As the sailing season draws to a close for most it is probably time to think about how to make the most of our time on the water next year.

Between Saturday 10th April and Sunday 18th April 2010 why not joinCharter For You on a trip from Kip Marina to Badachro, Gairloch (North of Skye). Aboard “Iona“, our Bavaria 39, it’s the perfect opportunity to gain 250+ miles and Yachtmaster qualifying passages all while experiencing the fantastic sailing waters and beautiful scenery that Scotland has to offer.

Leaving Kip on the Saturday afternoon for the short sail to Lamlash lets you get familiar with the boat before the real milebuilding begins. All stops are, of course, weather dependent, but Gigha, Islay, Oban, Loch Aline, Tobermory, Arisaig, Mallaig, Plockton and Applecross are all possibilities. Arriving at Badachro no later than the next Saturday evening you have plenty of time to make your homeward journey on the Sunday.

Places cost £550 and include all meals on board, berthing, fuel and transport from Badachro to Inverness where there are good connections to Glasgow and elsewhere.

For more information on the trip contact Charter For You using the contact us button, or call 01475 528 825.

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The great “Dileas” adventure… (Part 5)

November 2nd, 2009 alison

Read Part 4

We got up early to catch the tide down the Sound of Mull and make our way to Kerrera for some crew changes. Being close to Oban it has good transport connections and also gave us the opportunity to have a meal ashore in one of the restaurants on the North Pier.

The next day after the crew change over and some provisioning we carried on our way to Puilladobhrain where we were going to anchor for the night. Being not much more than an hours sail from Oban it makes a good stop if you can’t leave until after lunch. There was limited space there as 15 boats were already anchored, but we found a gap and enjoyed what remained of the sun while watching a seal play around the boats in the hope he would get lucky with some food.

Evening at Puilladobhrain

Sunset at Puilladobhrain

The next part of the trip was going to take us south again, although when we left Puilladobhrain we hadn’t actually decided where we were going to stop. We left early and passed Insh Island, Easdale, and retraced our steps through the Cuan Sound. We had decided we wanted a mooring or a berth rather than anchoring and that gave us options of Kilmelford Harbour and Pier, Kilmelford Yacht Haven, Craobh Marina or Crinan boatyard. After deciding that Loch Melfort would probably be more peaceful than Crinan boatyard we headed there and picked up a mooring at Kilmelford Harbour and Pier, just in time to inflate the dinghy before lunch, and to spend a leisurely afternoon on shore.

Fishing boat on the beach at Loch Melfort

Fishing boat on the beach at Loch Melfort

The final part of our trip was to take us to Ardfern where we were leaving the boat. As we got ready to leave the wind picked up and we had one of the best sails of the trip down Loch Shuna, through the Dorus Mor and up Loch Craignish, avoiding the lobster pots as we went. We were tied up in the marina about 4 and a half hours later and cleaned up the boat and ourselves before we treated ourselves to a final night dinner in the Galley of Lorne.

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