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Scotland Sailing
Insights into Sailing in Scotland

National Lottery Good Causes - able2sail

June 23rd, 2009 alison

Have you voted for your National Lottery Good Cause? Why not have a browse of who has reached the first round of public voting using the link on the right -hand side of this page and consider voting for able2sail.

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Life on the oceanwave…

June 22nd, 2009 alison

Saturday’s sail on board “Blue”, our Moody 54, went down a storm…

At the wheel..

At the wheel..

Itinerary: Kip - Rothesay - Dunoon - Kip

Chilling at the stern..

Chilling at the stern..

Max. boat speed 7.5 knots…

Max. wind speed 39.5 knots…

Cutting through the waves...

Cutting through the waves...

Other daysails available on Saturday 27th June, Friday 24th July and Saturday 29th August. Contact Charter For You for details.

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Inspiration for Father’s Day

June 16th, 2009 alison
Blue - our Moody 54 under sail

Blue - our Moody 54 under sail

If you’re looking for something a bit different for Father’s Day this year why not treat him to a day’s sailing on our Moody 54 “Blue”? Departing from Kip Marina this Saturday, 20th June at 9.30am, sail the beautiful Clyde, stopping somewhere peaceful for lunch, before returning to the marina about 4.30pm. You can take an active part in sailing the yacht, or you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. The day is all inclusive of a soup and sandwich lunch, and although we can’t promise glorious weather, the forecast at the moment, looks set for a sunny day!

Contact Charter For You on 01369 830 258 or via the contact form for further information or to book.

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My week as a sailing instructor, by John

June 10th, 2009 alison

Hi Folks,

Just completed an RYA course as Instructor for Charter For You finishing on the 5th June. Had a mixed bunch comprising of Coastal Skipper Day Skipper and Competent Crew.

We were lucky to have a great bunch of guys on the yacht and enjoyed a week of fabulous sailing weather in the Firth of Clyde in Scotland.

Monday saw us leaving Kip Marina and setting off under power, after a couple of hours pontoon bashing, towards Lamlash on the Isle of Arran.

We used the time to practice various sailing manoeuvres under power as the winds were very light, which proved to be what we had for the most of the week with no rain at all, and spent some time spotting the seals and porpoises on the way.

Lamlash Bay, Arran

Lamlash Bay, Isle of Arran

We arrived at Lamlash on the Monday evening and had our first meal on board, in sight of Holy Isle.

The Waverley at Campbeltown

The Waverley at Campbeltown

Tuesday, with the sun once again splitting the sky, saw us set off South round Pladda Lighthouse on the South of Arran towards Sanda Island at the bottom of the Mull of Kintyre. Our Coastal Skipper produced a passage plan which allowed us to circumnavigate Sanda ensuring that we arrived at the optimum time of the tide to assist us through the tidal race and after poking our nose into the small anchorage we set off for a short stay at Campbeltown before our night sail back to Lamlash.

Having set off on the Tuesday night the forecast wind from the North veered round to the East straight on the nose and picked up. Made for great night sailing which took us right through to sunrise before we anchored off the Holy Isle in Lamlash Bay.

Wednesday was a leisurely start and we were treated to a group of about 10 dolphins swimming round the yacht as we left Lamlash Bay, making our way North towards East Loch Tarbert in Loch Fyne we spent some time practising MOB techniques and checking the boat distance log as we sailed past the measured mile markers on Arran. Another beautiful day finished off by a fine meal in the Anchor Hotel in Tarbert (excellent seafood).

Thursday was pontoon bashing again and we practised setting up tow lines with one of the other Sailing Schools who were also out enjoying Scotland at its best. Thursday afternoon found us making our way through the beautiful Kyles of Bute towards Rothesay with some more anchoring practice on the way, before mooring at the pontoons in Rothesay Harbour and a visit to the renowned Victorian Toilets (honestly)!

After a night ashore Friday seemed to have arrived all too soon as we set off towards Kip Marina. Some last practice at sailing onto moorings passed the morning before we arrived at Inverkip for a debrief, final boat clean and the award of those all important certificates to the deserving students.

The crew!

The crew!

Sailing in Scotland on the Clyde, where else would you want to go?

For some additional pictures from this weeks sailing click here OR to book your sailing course click here for information.

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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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Scottish Series Photos

June 3rd, 2009 alison

Some photos from the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series 2009 are now on up our photo album page.

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Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series Tarbert 2009

June 2nd, 2009 alison

Heading back to Tarbert        Over the May holiday weekend the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series was again hosted at Tarbert. The largest UK regatta outside of Cowes, and organised by the Clyde Cruising Club this event has had close to 200 boats in the past, with many coming over from Ireland, and further afield, to participate. This year there were 160 entries and 14 classes.

The weekend brought mixed weather, with sunshine on the Friday, wind and rain on the Saturday and wind with no rain on the Sunday. On the Monday, if you were up the top of Loch Fyne with the CYCA classes there were light, variable winds, that made setting a course difficult for the committee. Further down the loch with the sportsboats, Sigmas, and IRC classes there was more wind, and an element of disbelief that there had been postponements for the start of some of the races.

You’ll find some pictures from the series on our photo album page shortly. They show the two extremes of the weather with the glorious sunshine on the Friday, and the wind on the Monday. For pictures from some of the other days the Clyde Cruising Club webpage has some photos too including some of spectaular broaches!

The southerly winds over the weekend gave some exciting racing with four masts being lost over two days. On the Saturday in particular there was a large swell to contend with for some of the smaller boats heading back to Tarbert from the north end of the Loch.

The Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series Trophy was won by Christie Cancer Care, a J109. Click here to see the winners of the other trophies. More detailed results for each class can be foundĀ here.

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