We are delighted to be able to offer practical yacht sailing through our partners Britsail, based in Kip Marina. Britsail are experienced at delivering all forms of yacht sailing aboard their modern fleet of boats, from experience days to Yachtmaster assessments and beyond.

Kip Marina is one of the west coast of Scotland’s most accessible and modern marinas, and provides access to some of the best cruising in the world. Regular cruising grounds include the Kintyre Peninsular, the Kyles of Bute, Isle of Arran, Loch Fyne, Loch Long, and Holy Loch.

Please have a look at the course details below for more information and available dates. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 0131 319 1820 or email bookings@portedgarwatersports.com. To make a booking directly through our website CLICK HERE

Practical Yachting Packages

If you’re wanting to combine both practical and shore-based courses, we have a series of packages to help you achieve that. For details of the shore-based courses please click here.

Package 1 – £729 / £799 with weekend practical course

    • RYA Theory Dayskipper or Coastal Skipper (weekends or evenings)
    • 5 day RYA Practical course
              RYA First Aid or Diesel Engine Maintenance course included FREE

Package 2 – £869 / £929 with weekend practical course

    • RYA Theory Dayskipper or Coastal Skipper (weekends or evenings)
    • 5 day RYA Practical course
    • RYA Sea Survival or RYA Marine Radio (VHF) Course
              RYA First Aid or Diesel Engine Maintenance course included FREE

Package 3 – £969 / £1039 with weekend practical course

    • RYA Theory Dayskipper or Coastal Skipper (weekends or evenings)
    • 5 day RYA Practical course
    • RYA Sea Survival
    • RYA Marine Radio (VHF) Course
               RYA First Aid or Diesel Engine Maintenance course included FREE

To book a package please contact us on 0131 319 1820 or via bookings@portedgarwatersports.com

RYA Start Yachting

This is a 2-day course.

This practical course that provides a short introduction to sail cruising for the beginner. It isn’t mandatory to attend this course before progressing to one of the more advanced practical courses, but it is an excellent starting point. By the end of this course, you will have steered a yacht, controlled the sails, completed rope work and learned about on board safety.

2017 Dates: weekends available from 16-17 June, 23-25 June, 7-9 July, 28-30 July, 11-13 August, 8-10 September, 15-17 September, 29-30 September
Cost: £185

To book a course Click here

RYA Competent Crew

This can be completed as a 5 day course, or over 3 weekends

This course is for beginners and those who would like to become an active crewmembers rather than just a passenger. The course covers basic seamanship, sailing and helming skills, safety and living on board. By the end of the course you will have experienced living on board and really get to know the yacht. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board. As a bonus you will visit some interesting places and have an enjoyable holiday.

2017 Dates: 5 day course available 25-30 June, 2-7 July, 13-19 August, 10-15 September

Weekend course:  16-17 June, 23-25 June, 7-9 July, 28-30 July, 11-13 August, 8-10 September, 15-17 September, 29-30 September

Cost: £495 for 5 day course  or    £185 per weekend – 3 weekends required to complete the course

To book a course Click here

RYA Day Skipper Practical

This is a 5-day course.

This course is for those who have some experience of sailing as crew and who wish to go on to skipper boats on short passages by day. The course concentrates on boat handling under power and sail, navigation, pilotage and the skills necessary to skipper a boat. Before attending this course, you

should ideally have achieved 100 miles at sea with five days on board, including a night passage. This will qualify you to apply for an International Certificate of Competence, a certificate which a lot of charter companies expect you to hold before they will trust you with a yacht.

2017 Dates: 5 day course available 25-30 June, 2-7 July, 13-19 August, 10-15 September

Weekend course available from 16-17 June, 23-25 June, 7-9 July, 28-30 July, 11-13 August, 8-10 September, 15-17 September, 29-30 September

Cost: £495 for 5 day course  or    £185 per weekend – 3 weekends required to complete the course

 

To book a course Click here

RYA Yachtmaster Practical Preparation and Assessment

This is either a  5-day or 7-day  course.

This course will prepare you for the formal RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore assessment. Five days will be spent with your instructor revising the skills on which you will be tested by the examiner, who joins the boat on day five of the course (at an additional cost). By now you should be skilled in effective passage planning and making, pilotage both by day and night, yacht handling under sail and power, and coverage of all the “what if” situations you need to be prepared for at sea. The examiner will give each candidate a minimum of eight hours in which to show his skills as a skipper at these advanced levels. Details of the pre-assessment requirements are given in the cruising log book G15.

2017 Dates: 18-20 August
Cost: £495 for 5 days and  tbc for 7 days
(additional exam fee payable direct to the RYA)

To book a course Click here

Cruising

If you would like to sail but do not want to join a course, there are a number of ways to do this. If there are berths free on a scheduled RYA course you are able to join as an extra pair of hands and help out as much or as little as you want. This is a great way to sail with different people, and get sea time.

If you would like to hire a boat with a Qualified skipper and sail, then this can be arranged.

Please contact us for prices and availability.

International Certificate of Competence

IF you are self taught or have had many years of experience sailing but never completed a RYA Certified course,you can complete your ICC by joining in with a weekend Dayskipper or Competent Crew Course to allow you to get some practice and perform tasks without coaching. This is a practical assessment however you will be asked basic questions on any part of the theory such as rules of the road during the course of the weekend.

Cost: £185 for the weekend on occasion we will offer the ICC on a day basis cost £85
2017 Dates: weekends available from 22nd April