Sail a yacht 

Yachts are fantastic. They provide a truly self-contained adventure machine . It is amazing to think as we cruise around the islands that it is only a change in steering direction that could have us  sailng clean across the Atlantic. There is no safety fence or barrier to a yacht to prevent it from sailing anywhere in the world, barring land locked countries.  

No need to be a Sailing guru  

In fact there is no need to have sailed before. One of the great things is new crew are useful and part of the team minutes after stepping aboard. 

Cruise through the amazing landscape 

Think you’ve seen Scotland?  We believe you haven't fully experienced it unless you have seen it from the water silently slicing along. 

Scotland is a world class sailing venue 

With over 100 islands and huge island populations, boats and sailing are part of Scotlands DNA.  There is so much to explore and so many wonderful communities to visit.

Self-sufficiency - wonderful simplicity 

Like all great adventures, living and travelling simply allows you to relax into the journey and enjoy  the moment. 

Great food 

We love good food so our trips are always well catered.  We work on a we buy and everyone mucks in principal. 

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Sail the Clyde

A yacht is a home, vehicle, and adventure.
A crew is a family, team and friendship. 

The Clyde is a great sailing venue and chosen for our mobility needs edition becuse of the wonderful options it presents. 

This coupled with a marvellous boat -  as close to designed for mobilty needs as it is possible to be whilst being a standard sailing boat makes this the ideal venue. 

The Clyde, Arran, Bute and the great Sea Lochs of Fyne and Long give an amazing venue for exploring, finding good berths and having regular stops.  This is where our personal boat lives for exactly these reasons. 

Roles for everyone

One of the great things about sailing is that every function needs many co-ordinated hands. 

The role of a crewmember on a yacht is varied and challenging. One minute someone is needed to steer, while another changes the tension of a rope, while another watches the other boat, while another is making tea, while yet another is plotting our position on the chart. All this action is co-ordinated by the Skippers John or Chris,  supporting people to run the boat. 

There are roles for everyone, for any ability, additional needs or confidence level. 

The mobilty edition

An itinerary which suits mobility needs but
everyone is welcome.

In some adventures the decisions you make favour one group more than others so to make a sailing trip work really well and meet our Anyone Can philosophy we made 3 trips!  This trip  we anchor often to allow easier movement around the boat, visits to the toilet and spend everynight in marinas where life for mobility aid users is a bit simpler. Just beacuse it is the mobilty edition doesn't mean the trip is less suitable for your other needs. Some poeple will love the opportunituy to both sail and go for a walk every night or knowing that the the days won't be too tiring.

Our remote Scotland trip goes the other way, most of the action is on the boat itself and particularly suited to those who like to learn a single environment or maintain consistant roles over time. Those with sensory impairments would probably prefer this. Our thrid trip is an intense try sail weekend where the focus is on the skills of quickly becoming a useful crew member and discovering whether coastal sailing is for you. 

Life on Board

What it like?

Everyone wakes up at a reasonable hour - we will disucss each night, the plan for the next day.

First toilet run - those who need help getting off the boat and uniting with their mobility aids (and everyone else who wants it)  work together to get off the boat.

One of the crew gets started in the galley cooking up breakfast and coffee/tea.

After breaksfast a second toilet run before briefing and deciding the days roles. 

Next we cast off. The crew manoeuvres the boat out (with help!), raises the sails and we set off for our lunch destination. 

For lunch we look for an anchorage, drop the hook or borrow a bouy and take the sails down. This steadies the boat and makes it easier to use the hoist or helping hands to get below and use the onboard facilities.

At night we utilise one of the many marinas allowing everyone to get off the boat to access the on land facilities. 

A cunning plan

We have a clever solution that we think may suit everyone….

Because the Covid 19 outbreak caused Chris’s Yachtmaster assesment to be cancelled and for the bookings on this trip to be stifled.

This will be a combined Yachtmaster assessment and mobility sailing week. It should work really well stopping at anchor and in marinas regularly, offering  the right kind of brushing up required for the assemsment AND ideal for those who regularly need a still boat and onshore facilties to help manage their needs. 

How it will work  is like this; the first couple of days would be essentially unchanged - sailing around the Clyde visiting beautiful places and anchoring for lunch etc. On Thursday we would collect the examiner to join us. The examiner would set a course he would like to see Chris direct his crew from and too probably an anchorage, via a complex navigational route and probably some night sailing to end with. Essentially it is all the jobs you have done all week. Chris might have to take the wheel for a couple of bits to prove he can actually manoeuvre  the boat as well as tell others to do it. Essentially the differences would be A: the examiner decides where to go B: Chris would have to touch the wheel a bit more (normally this would be your job), C: We might do some night sailing. 

We would look to recruit an examiner who would incorporate any additional needs into the assement - in terms of where we sleep. These kind of assements can be really fun, a test of the boat team and are typically quite light hearted - the only person quizzed on knowledge is Chris. 

If you are not comfy sailing or Chris’ Exam is causing you stress we can:
A: Scrap this plan and go back to the original plan now (Chris can find another assessment) 
B: Plan for you to have a shorter and cheaper sail trip and you finish as the assesment starts  (with an open invite to stay)
C: See how you feel at the time (and if you don’t fancy staying refund the difference and give you a lift back to the station)

Important Scotland by Sail Info

Dates and Costs 

  • 4 days adventure and 4 Nights accommodation

  • Pickup: Largs train station 21 September @ 1pm

  • Drop off:  Largs Train station 25 September @ 11am

  • £720 per person in a shared cabin

  • Private cabin suppliment £50

What is included?

  • Accommodation in a shared cabin

  • All meals from Monday evening to Friday  breakfast 

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified sailing instructors

  • Transport from and to the train stations

  • Travel light - we provide all you need

What do we actually do

  • Sail the Scottish Coast

  • Teach you to manage the boat

  • Dock, Undock, Use the radio, Start the engine, Get the sails up, Anchor, Walk the plank (not really) 

  • Go for a pint, have a laugh and relax.

  • Visit remote islands, anchorages and moorings

  • Feel the boat lift and rush on the breezes

  • Understand the charts, make a passage plan and use the navigation equipment 

Sail Scotland (mobilty edition) 

Vision

  • Suitable for all people able to manage own travel to the pickup point

  • Suitable for all those who do not need a dedicated guide or can bring their own

  • We are well staffed for this trip, a lot of help is available for support both on and off travel time

  • The boat is a great option for visually impaired people to explore without having to constantly relearn the accomodation layout

  • Great sailing is as much about the other senses than sight - you can feel, hear and sense the boats reactions to make adjustments to sail well. 

Cognition

  • Consider also the ambulant edition. There are certain advantages to the other trip - less stopping and starting, more time sleeping on anchor and moorings. Great for supporting attention spans and creating a consistant experience

  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or with a dedicated carer

  • Fantastic way to integrate into a team with jobs for all cognitive ability levels

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc 

  • Participants should be capable of understanding and able to follow rules consistantly - most sailing safety comes from some core rules. If not please bring a dedicated helper.

Mobility  

  • This is not a purpose built mobility access yacht - systems and equipment are adapted.

  • To facilitate transfers a degree of self weight bearing is required - if you can access a car seat without a hoist or minimal assistance, happy to bum shuffle around a bit - that's the right kind of level for the boat.

  • The trip is ideal for walking aid users.

  • Access to the lower levels, and between cockpit deck areas is done either manually or by hoist from the overhead boom. 

  • Access to the dock is either by stepped access through back gate or hoist over the side.

  • For comfort and convenience  we will plan to spend each night at a marina with suitable toilets. To make using the toilets on the boat easier we will plan a sails down ancorage each lunch time.

  • Onboard toilets are situated at the bottom of the lowering point from on deck. There are no grab handles but the walls are narrow to allow bracing and sail boats are built with incredibly strong sinks that double as support for all incase of rough seas.

Auditory 

  • Suitable for people with most auditory impairments that do not require signing to communicate or please  bring an interpreter. 

  • A BSL assistant instructor is occasionally available.

  • We have radios and Tloop transmission  units to aid hearing when seperated or the winds hinder hearing. 

Booking is easy and straight forward 

Just pop some details down and we will make contact, answer any questions and sort out the money. 

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Anyone Can: Connecting Transport Hubs to Lake Shores - Accessible Canoeing

Purchase of an accessible powered support and rescue vessel, and a mobile fleet of canoes with trailer

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 

Supported by the Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group