Canoe Sail Loch Lomond 

19th July 2023

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Sheet in and smile

There is an amazing feeling that you get with the pull of the wind presses the float into the water and the boat kicks up its heels and scoots off accross the water. Elemental, joyous and exillerating.

The UK’s Largest body of water  

Loch Lomond  should be the sea if it wasn't for a few geological occurances  - just look at it on the map  you can literally walk to the  sea at Tarbet (which translates as a place to portage boats). 

No need to be a sailing guru 

We’re here to teach and support from our powerboat “Freedom’ there probably cannot be a more beutiful sailing classroom for a nippy light boat 

Canoe  Sailing is super inclusive

We pioneered canoe sailing as an excellent example of how with some thought sailing can be super low tech, go anywhere and inclusive of people with a huge range of needs. We can use any beach, do on land transfers and even pull the sailing canoe inside the powerboat to make on water adjustments.

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An elemental conversion of wind to joy 

Canoe Sailing - lightweight, fast and independent

We love canoe sailing we love Scotland all the ingredients for a very special day indeed.

We meet at the South end of the loch at Balloch (easy access by train). And move from there by (wheelchair accessible) powerboat to our teaching spot. And begin with a briefing about how to rig and sail your boat. For some, this will be a refresher and for others the first time they have been shown the ropes. 

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Dates and Costs 

  • 1 Days Adventure on the Lake 

  • Meet: Balloch Train Station 9 AM 19th July 2023
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    Depart: 10 AM on 19th July 2023 at Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway

  • Depart :  4pm Duncan Mills Slipway

  • £112 per person 

What is included?

  • We supply all your equipment, launch fees, waterproofs and lunch

  • Lunch Included 

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified Sailing Instructor

What do we actually do

  • Brush up your Sailing skills 

  • Paddle the  most sung about Loch in Scotland 

  • Glyde around the beutiful islands and remote inlets

  • Have a laugh as a friendly welcoming group of like-minded people

Sailfast Lomond Accessibility

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Vision

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    Suitable for people able to navigate short stretches of rough ground unaided and longer walks with assistance

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

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    Come with an adventure buddy

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    Arrange an Anyone Can volunteer guide

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Cognition

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

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc 

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    Participants should be capable of understanding and acting appropriately around at the water's edge without constant supervision 

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    Come with an adventure buddy

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Mobility  

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  • The trip is possible for walking aid users.

    Regular transfers are required.
    Normally these are between a good quality, level, floating platform and a canoe 

  • People who use wheelchairs (essential users)

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    This trip is possible for an adventurous wheelchair user who can self transfer and bum shuffle (we bring a motorboat as support)

    We have a portable toilet and privacy tent with portable handrails

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Auditory 

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    Suitable for people with most auditory impairments that do not require signing to communicate 

  • A BSL assistant instructor is occasionally available

  • We have radios and Tloop transmission  units to aid hearing when seperated in differing boats 

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    Come with an adventure buddy

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    Arrange an Anyone Can volunteer guide

From London by rail 

Hop on the Caladonian Sleeper and snuggle up. You will wake up in Glasgow on the morning - 1 stop on the Glasgow underground and hop on Balloch train

TOP TIP  look at buying a Glasgow return ticket separately which are often much cheaper and then buy singles onwards

Or

Travel up during the day before, stay overnight in Glasgow and get the Balloch train the next day.

Other places by rail

Any rail route that arrives in Glasgow is easy.  Glasgow is the Northern terminal of the West Coast main line and Edinburgh (50mins from Glasgow) is similarly the head of the East Coast mainline. This means that most of the UK is in easy reach of a train going the right way. 

By Air 

Fly into Glasgow City  (Belfast, Bristol, London, Birmingham, Manchester) one train to Centre then another to Balloch

Sounds great - let's do it

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or give us a call on 01539 310041

or drop us an email on info@anyoncan.uk

Not quite right, need different dates, want control of the itinerary or want to save money by filling your own trip?

We love commissions, requests for alternate dates and requests to make specific adaptions - in fact, we would not exist without them.

So please, if you like what you read but it's not quite there or you want something different, do get in touch and we look forward to hearing from you. 

European Start up Funded 

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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development  

Europe investing in rural areas

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 

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