RELAX AND ENJOY THE SCOTTISH SAILING EXPERIENCE whilst a full time professional skipper takes care of the boat and more besides! For those who want to have a holiday afloat, but do not necessarily want the responsibility of chartering or skippering a boat themselves, one of the many companies offering comprehensive Sailing Holidays may provide the solution.
The skipper is usually the owner of the boat and will often spend the whole of the season afloat taking people on sailing holidays around the coast. Customers may book anything from a single berth to the whole boat, and need not be experienced sailors as the skipper takes responsibility for the sailing and navigation. Guests are welcome to join in as much as they wish, particularly with the washing up, although some boats also have full time crew who will take care of this as well.
These holidays are usually fully catered and take place on larger vessels. Cruises may be based around a theme such as wildlife or a tour of some of the many whisky distilleries, whilst others may have a specific aim such as reaching St Kilda or climbing a particular mountain. Many of the boats have a particular 'speciality' such as gourmet cooking, walking, mountaineering or adventure sailing; a range of water based activities such as windsurfing, waterskiing or diving are also available on some of the larger boats
Individual boats may offer guests the opportunity to take part in organised events such as the Classic Malts Cruise, Scottish Islands Peak Race or West Highland Yachting Week, whilst the option may also exist to undertake a one-way passage on a few of the boats as they cruise to alternative locations during the course of the season. During 2009 boats completed cruises to Ireland, Orkney, Shetland and the Faroes, and some are even planning passages to Scandinavia for 2010.
Sailing holidays are available for different durations, ranging from a short day sail to multi-week trips. The offered duration will often be related to the area in which the boat operates - holidays of a shorter duration are more likely to be available in the Firth of Clyde and closer to the larger settlements where transport links are better. Most of the skippers will provide informal tuition for those who wish to learn, and some boats are also accredited RYA Training Centre offering a range of theory and practical courses.
There Is a wide range of boats available for these holidays, together with packages for different budgets. The variety of boats also means that visitors can return year after year and have a different sailing experience each time. The available boats include purpose built steel ketches, modern fibreglass sloops and an increasing amount of wooden classics. These include a brace of modern pilot cutters built on the lines of traditional boats, a 95’ 1920’s ketch and a 75’ gaff cutter. They all offer visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience the character that these boats provide. Whether old or new, wooden, plastic or steel, the boats are all fully equipped to ensure that you enjoy your holiday as much as possible whilst taking in the magnificent Scottish scenery and hospitality.
Scottish Series 24th May 2013
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