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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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Scotland Sailing Update

May 19th, 2009 alison
The East Kyle from Rothesay Bay

The East Kyle from Rothesay Bay

Some pictures from the Fairlie Yacht Club opening muster have been added to the photo page - the weather, which was forecast to be wet and windy, stayed dry and windy instead and allowed a good race from Kip to Wreck Bay. The course was from Kip to Toward Point, round Mountstuart buoy, back to Bogany Point near Rothesay and finally up the East Kyle, finishing just at Colintraive in time for the muster in Wreck Bay.

There was a good breeze and many started with reefs in the main and small headsails. The fleet tacked towards Toward and after rounding Toward Buoy headed downwind to the Mountstuart safewater mark. After that it was back to beating to make the mark at Bogany Point and, for some, a sail change was called for as the winds lightened. With all reefs shaken out the fleet headed up the East Kyle, with the winds flukey, but most managing to make it to the finish in one tack. Those towards the back of the fleet found themselves waiting for wind to fill in to make it to the finish, but it seems that it was just the hills of the Kyles providing shelter from the wind as coming up to the finish the wind filled in again properly and the yachts were able to sail through the narrows at the Burnt Isles, drop the sails and prepare to drop anchor in Wreck Bay for the evenings muster.

The rain stayed away, except for the odd shower which was quickly blown away by the wind, and everyone ventured onto the beach for the evenings festivities. Wreck Bay stayed calm until everyone returned to their yachts - chased by a downpouring of rain, but better weather could not have been asked for as the breeze kept away the midges which always seem to find where the party is.

The rain disappeared by the next morning which allowed a leisurely start, and despite the odd shower throughout the day, the fantastic sailing weather continued. Those who made an early departure from Wreck Bay got to enjoy a downwind sail towards Rothesay and as long as you were on a port tack the sun was shining! The breeze meant that Rothesay was a good stop for a long lunch and a seat in the sun, with the entertainment provided by the local yacht club racing a variety of dinghys. The Rothesay Jazz Festival provided entertainment for those who went ashore, as did the usual array of pubs, and Zavaroni’s fish and chips!

After lunch a brisk sail back to Kip was had. The 20 - 25kts of breeze allowed for a speedy sail under headsail alone, and some record breaking journey times were recorded. Those who stayed out for the Monday holiday were not so fortunate with their weather for returning home. The winds stayed, but unfortunately the rain closed in and Monday proved to be a blustery day. We hope the weather for the next May weekend and the Scottish Series Racing stays a bit drier for all 3 days!

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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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