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  these courses are not available to book online please call or email.

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.

2020 Dates:  tbc
Cost: £190

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.

2020 Dates: tbc

Cost: £495 for 5 day course  or    £190 per weekend – 3 weekends required to complete the course

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.

2020 Dates: tbc

Cost: £495 for 5 day course  or    £190 per weekend – 3 weekends required to complete the course

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical

This is a 5-day course.

This course is for advanced skippering techniques and for those that have a considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night. Each candidate will skipper more challenging passages, learn more about planning,pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.
It is important to have completed the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Shorebased course before attending and ideally have 15 days at sea, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours.

2020 Dates: tbc

Cost: £495 for 5 day course

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.

2020 Dates: tbc
Cost: £665 7 days includes yacht exam time additional exam fee payable direct to the RYA


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: £190 for the weekend on occasion we will offer the ICC on a day basis cost £95
2020 Dates: tbc