Visit islands, secluded anchorages and view wild life in its natural environment while making passage in a luxurious ocean going sailing yacht.Your ‘home for the weekend is the "AisligBheag" (Gaelic for small dream or vision and is pronounced AishlickVaick in a soft lilting highland accent). She is a Jeanneau Trinidad 48', which for ease of handling, has roller reefing on the foresail and lazyjacks on the mainsail. The inconspicuous pilot house is equipped with large panaoramic windows making the main saloon light and airy. She is built for speed and comfort with plenty of room for the crew to sleep, eat and relax in. The Skippers prepare the meals but need help with the washing up. For more information visit the “Cruise Ecosse Ltd” web site at www.cruise-ecosse.co.uk. Joining instructions and a kit list are sent out prior to the event.
The price includes 3 nights on board, 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.
Your favourite tipple, hire of some gear if required
Your skipper John Vickers is a professional seafarers and fully qualified RYA Offshore Yachtmaster. Cruise Ecosse have been providing Spice with sailing holidays since 1993 and know how to get everyone involved while maintaining a relaxed social atmosphere.
Arrive Friday evening 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 ObanBay. 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. It would be our intention to sail around the Island of Mull over a 3 day weekend and visit the Islands off the west of Mull like Iona and Staffa. This also applies to whether we stop for lunch or eat while sailing. Our second night will be at a remote anchorage such as Tinker’s Hole or the Island of Ulva. Our third night will probably be spent in Tobermory Bay where we can end up enjoying the local nightlife. Whatever our destinations we will stop in sheltered waters and the yacht’s inflatable tender may be used for excursions ashore. All too soon it will be Monday morning and, with the crew developing confidence in their sailing abilities, passage will be made back to Oban. 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.
You will have to bring waterproofs (these can also be hired if needed), warm clothes, a hat, sleeping bag, soft soled non-slip shoes and wellington boots.
Cars can be parked at Oban (all car parks now charge). Scotrail run a regular service between Glasgow Queen Street station and Oban.Citylink run 3 express coaches a day from Glasgow and once a day from Edinburgh.
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