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Scotland Sailing
Insights into Sailing in Scotland

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”.


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!


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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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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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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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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Bank Holiday Relaxation

May 14th, 2009 alison


Daysail relaxation

Daysail relaxation

Why not join Charter For You for some bank holiday relaxation? There are spaces available on a special daysail with 3 course lunch. Enjoy sailing from Kip, down the Clyde, perhaps to Rothesay or up to Ardentinny where you will anchor and then be treated to a delightful meal. You can also sit back and enjoy the scenery. Hopefully the sun will shine and there will be just enough wind to make an exciting sail back to the marina after lunch. What better way to spend the holiday than cruising, with good company and good food?

Spaces available on Monday 25th May 2009. Contact Charter For You for further details.

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