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Weekend Cruise from Oban

Weekend Cruise Plan – Firth of Lorne

Active sailing aboard "Aislig Bheag", a Jeanneau Trinidad 48, are ideal for beginners or those 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 Lorne 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. 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 in the afternoon at Oban. During the first evening 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 can be taken before, after (or instead of!) the evening sail. Friday night will probably be spent at a mooring in Oban Bay.

In the morning, with a fair wind, we will set sail across the Firth of Lorne. The crew's progress in learning how to handle the yacht, and the wind direction, will decide on Saturday evening's destination. This also applies to whether we stop for lunch or eat while sailing. Our second night will probably be spent in Tobermory Bay in the marina where we can end up enjoying the local nightlife. Whatever our destinations we will stop in sheltered waters and if at anchor the yacht's inflatable tender may be used for excursions ashore.

All too soon it will be Sunday morning and, with the crew developing confidence in their sailing abilities, passage will be made back down the Sound of Mull to Oban. By early afternoon the yacht will be berthed on the mooring where after a quick lunch it's all hands on deck to wash and tidy the yacht before disembarking.

If a three day weekend is undertaken then the islands off the west of Mull like Iona and Staffa can be visited. Our second night would be at a remote anchorage such as Tinker's Hole or the Island of Ulva.

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 in Oban as specific locations. Scotrail run 3 trains a day between Glasgow Queen Street station and Oban.

Joining instructions and a kit list are sent out about four weeks prior to the event.

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