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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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Celebration Daysail

June 17th, 2011 alison

Meet Linda and Colin who celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with Mainsail Yachting onboard “Pamina”.

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After a slow start to Season 2011, plagued by strong winds and heavy rain, we were glad we managed to get them out for a sail and, despite the waterproofs, the day remained largely dry for them!

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Thank you for sending us your photos. Skipper John, and crew Laura, had a fab day too and we hope to see you again soon!

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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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Some good links to photographs of the Mylne Classic Regatta 2009

July 26th, 2009 alison

The Mylne Classic Regatta took place over the 12th to 16th July and it was great to see all the boats sailing about the Clyde - reminiscent of the Fyfe Regatta of last year, only with better weather!

There are now some photos up on the Mylne Regatta website and they only emphasise how attractive these yachts are. Some of them are also quite imposing, and with so many different sails and sheets sailing some of the larger Mylnes must be quite a challenge.

While browsing for photos of the regatta I came across some links to a few sites which I think are worth a look.

Andy Walters Yachting Shots

Pbase link 1

Pbase link 2

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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.

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Proud parents with the new additions to the Kip family

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Mylne Classic Regatta 2009

July 6th, 2009 alison
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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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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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Sunshine and Spinnakers

April 29th, 2009 alison

Last Wednesday’s Fairlie Yacht Club race was the first with a decent number of participants which got the competitive juices flowing for all involved. There was also a decent wind which tested the stamina and persistence of those trying to get to the windward mark.

Tonight, it looks like it’s going to be windy, and from the wind direction the windward mark’s going to be a long way away again. It’s also looking like waterproofs will be required, but it should be a fun night anyway, with an exciting spinnaker leg should any of the crews be brave enough.

The weekend just passed started off bright and sunny for the Clyde Cruising Club’s first race meet and the Round Bute Race. The course took the participants from the downwind start outside Inverkip, with spinnakers hoisted after the start line, and dropped approaching Toward Point. The next turn took them into the Kyles of Bute. Passing Rothesay and heading to the Burnt Isles on a broad reach, with the spinnakers made another appearance at Colintraive and were carried through the Burnt Isles, past the Maids of Bute, and down to Tighnabruaich. The rest of the legs were sailed under genoa as the fleet went round the west side of Inchmarnock, rounded Garroch Head and headed back to the top of Great Cumbrae Island where the spinnakers made a final appearance for the leg down to the finish line at Largs.

Meanwhile, those of us not racing were enjoying the weather in the marina, where the shelter of the breakwater meant that it was t-shirt weather. Lots of people were making use of the weather to put the finishing touches to their season preparation in time for the Mayday holiday this coming weekend. I’m sure all the members of the Clyde Cruising Club and Fairlie Yacht Club will be hoping for the weather to hold for the opening musters this weekend. Being held at Rhu and Wreck Bay they will herald the start of the sailing season for those members who cruise rather than race and we hope that they go off with a bang!

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Welcome!

March 10th, 2009 alison

Welcome to Charter For You’s Scotland Sailing Blog!

"No Stress" - our President 605

"No Stress" - our President 605

It feels like the sailing season is upon us at last! Andy’s been working on the boats over the winter getting them prepared for the season ahead and over the last couple of weeks the big spring clean has begun! Now with the first sail tomorrow it feels like the work has all been worthwhile. “Blue“, our Moody 54 and “No Stress“, our President 605, will be taking a trip from Kip, up the Clyde, to the SECC pontoon outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow, to coincide with the Main Event 2009 on Thursday. If you’re in the area why not come and pay us a visit?

With the sun splitting the skies today we’re hoping for more of the same tomorrow so we can enjoy the day and get some good photos to help keep this blog interesting. Check back soon or subscribe to the RSS feeds for updates on our trip.

All of us at Charter For You hope you will enjoy following our blog and wish you good sailing in the coming season.

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