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Clyde Cruise

Active sailing week aboard "Aislig Bheag", a Jeanneau Trinidad 48, is ideal for beginners through to experienced, or those just wanting to get away from it all and enjoy wonderful scenery, good company and good food.

Participate in an enjoyable trip afloat exploring Scotland's Firth of Clyde Shores while learning a range of sailing skills. Visit islands, secluded anchorages and view wild life in its natural environment while making passage in a luxurious ocean going sailing yacht, fully equipped with the latest navigation equipment. The Skippers are professional seafarers and fully qualified RYA Offshore Yachtmasters. Cruise Ecosse have been providing sailing holidays in Scotland since 1993 and really know how to get everyone involved while maintaining a relaxed social atmosphere. The Skippers also prepare the meals but needs help with the washing up.

Arrive Saturday afternoon at Rhu Marina. During the first few hours you meet the Skipper and get to know your sailing colleagues. Then it's time for a safety briefing followed by a demonstration of the yacht's equipment and, if possible, a short practice sail in sheltered waters where the Skipper will show you how to steer the yacht and handle the sails. A home cooked evening meal will be taken spent at anchor, on a mooring or at Rhu Marina.

In the morning, with a fair wind, we will set sail on the Firth of Clyde. The crew's progress in learning how to handle the yacht, and the wind direction, will decide on Sunday evening's destination. This also applies to whether we stop for lunch or eat while sailing. Our destinations during the week are likely to include the Islands of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran as well as a cruise through the Kyles of Bute to Tighnabruich. Onwards to Tarbert Loch Fyne and the coast of Kintyre, with Carradale and Campbeltown. Each destination will be dependent on the weather conditions and the growing ability of the crew. Each night we will be either anchored in quiet, sheltered bays, on a mooring or berthed in a marina. The yacht has a tender and outboard which can be used for excursions ashore. Time can be made for walks and cycle trips if required.

All too soon it will be Friday morning and passage will be made back to Rhu, probably from somewhere like Rothesay. By early afternoon the yacht will be berthed on the pontoon where after a quick lunch it's all hands on deck to wash and tidy the yacht before disembarking.

The price includes tuition, the use of all safety equipment, meals and snacks. If you have a favourite nibble or tipple you are welcome to bring it along. You will have to bring waterproofs (some help can be given with those), warm clothes, a hat, sleeping bag, soft soled non-slip shoes and wellington boots.

Cars may be parked free of charge at Rhu Marina. Scotrail run a regular service between Glasgow Queen Street station and Helensburgh. A short taxi run of less than two miles will take you from Helensburgh station to Rhu Marina.

Joining instructions and a kit list are sent out about one week prior to the event.

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