sailing schools in W Scotland

TiggerToo

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Can anyone here recommend some good sailing schools (DS, cruising etc) on the West coast of Scotland? It is for a colleague of mine.
 

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Did my day skippers with the above on a Sigma 33. Instructors at the time were all
ex Fishermen. Bit grumpy, as such folk tend to be lol, but boy did they know there stuff.
And you dont get a ticket just cos you've paid the course fee. You have to be able to do it.
If you cant they will fail you. IMO as it should be. Course fee's are good.
 

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Did my day skippers with the above on a Sigma 33. Instructors at the time were all
ex Fishermen. Bit grumpy, as such folk tend to be lol, but boy did they know there stuff.
And you dont get a ticket just cos you've paid the course fee. You have to be able to do it.
If you cant they will fail you. IMO as it should be. Course fee's are good.

I instruct for WA on occasion. Second what Sandyman says - if you are not up to it you won't automatically get a ticket, and neither should you. Whoever is instructing the teaching will be good though and the ongoing assessment of your performance throughout the week honest and fair** - and the boat sails like a witch.

** Though this is true of most sailing schools of course

Also, if you fancy something different Westbound Adventures run courses from Castlebay on the Isle of Barra over the Summer months, and often manage to get out to St. Kilda.

- W
 

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Cumbrae is home to the national watersports centre for Scotland. Probably as good a place as anywhere to start. Their yachts are in Largs, on the Clyde.

Cumbrae Watersports was pretty good - did CS with them. Good instruction, good exposure to responsibility, (and interesting weather!) Boats are Largs based.
Food & company were also excellent.
To be honest - from what I've heard, there are very few bad sailing schools?

Graeme
 
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Oban Sea School

From Webcraft's list I would recommend http://www.obanseaschool.co.uk/. Great boat and dedicated, knowledgeable instructor, Robert Kincaid. A single boat school that is dedicated to tuition.

He built his current boat specifically for tuition using his experience from previous production boats as sailing schools. For example the rig is taller and has a slightly larger sail to take advantage of the lighter summer winds. Also the layout of the cockpit and saloon is specified for space when fully crewed.
 

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Did my day skippers with the above on a Sigma 33. Instructors at the time were all
ex Fishermen. Bit grumpy, as such folk tend to be lol, but boy did they know there stuff.
And you dont get a ticket just cos you've paid the course fee. You have to be able to do it.
If you cant they will fail you. IMO as it should be. Course fee's are good.

+1 excellent week and great sailing ......
 
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