Sea Pig - Small Yacht Adventures 

The perfect way to get sailing on Windermere 

Sea Pig is our Bay Raider Expedition boat. She is designed for close inshore adventure sailing; she’s fast, nimble, responsive and hard to capsize.

This makes her an ideal lake cruising boat to teach sailing in, picnic and camp from, explore Windermere and adapt to a wide variety of specific needs.

Sea Pig is rated for 6 adults so can take 5 clients and the instructor.

With up to 4 sails, oars and an engine Sea Pig is super flexible and can meet you at your waterside accommodation freeing you from the car for the day.

We can anchor for lunch, pop up the windbreak or sprayhood and even hide below in her little cabin if it is chilly. Alternatively, we hoist the pirate flag and raid the local chip shop for a warm top-up. 

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Sail Camp 

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Take a mini sailing adventure and come back with great stories. 

A fantastic experience for families with children looking for a very different weekend. 

Sail down to our secret waterside bushcraft spot and sleep out under the stars.

This is what small boats are for; mini-adventures.

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A Taste of Sailing 

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A day spent having a go and getting a feel for what it means to sail.

Perfect for beginners, rusty old hands, and those feeling less confident. 

We set sail within minutes of your arrival, explore the lake and enjoy a lovely lunch anchored in a bay.

An exciting day of your holiday or day out. 

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Sailing  Weekends

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Our sailing weekends are all about getting a real feel and understanding for Sailing. Careful it's easy to get addicted.

Expect whoops of joy, heart in the mouth moments and a great laugh with Chris and the team.

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Learn to Sail

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Sea Pig is an ideal teaching platform. She is both a responsive and easy to handle boat underway and a stable platform for learners while stopped.

Sea Pig is self-sufficient for teaching and as such can move to the best parts of the lake or even start the lesson from your waterside accommodation.

With features of both a dinghy and a yacht, we can teach most aspects of dinghy sailing and keelboat sailing from a single vessel.

This is an excellent option for those thinking they want to begin sailing or buy a boat

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Day Yachting is great for

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Visual impairment and your own guide

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Have a visual impairment and want to come alone 

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Down's Syndrome

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Space and calm needs

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Walking sticks or aids

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Hearing needs

Coming soon 

Adaptions for head support and assistive transfers are planned for May 2022
Adaptions for electronic steering planned for Spring 2022
Delayed hoist access now scheduled for Autumn 2022

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Speak to us if you:

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Primarily communicate using sign language

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Use an electric wheelchair 

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Use a hoist to transfer

Inclusivity information

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Vision

  • Suitable for all people able to independely travel to the pickup point.

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

    We have touch labels to identify different ropes in similar locations 

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Cognition

  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or with a dedicated carer (who could drive between sites).

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc. 

  • Participants should reliably understand and following safety instructions without 1 to 1 support (or bring a supporter)

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Mobility  

  • Transfers are needed between the sailboat and your mobility aid.

    Pending arrival of the hoist Seapig is limited to those that can self-transfer to different heights in units in 20cm steps

  • The trip is possible for walking aid users.

  • We have a wide range of supportive seating. 

  • We can assist with transfers with a helping hand, extra boost or using a manual transfer sling (may require additional staffing). 

    Bum shuffling can open up additional opportunities to take on roles.

    Level access toilets, changing place and cafe at  base

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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 separated in different boats. 

A taste of sailing 

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A full day on the water having a great go of sailing.

The day starts ensuring everyone has the kit they need to be comfortable for the day and then motoring away from the shore. Very soon you will be hoisting the sails and learning the ropes. Expect to steer and operate the boat yourselves while your instructor guides you.

We spend some time making sure everyone is comfortable and has suitable seating and support before setting off for our first experience.

We all share a single boat which has a big cockpit and plenty of space.

After a hearty lunch and reflection on the morning’s introductory sail, it is time to get back out there, with more knowledge and technique to see if you can sail a triangular course - your first sailing milestone. 

Dates and Costs 

  • Book anytime or join a group

  • Arrive 10am Fell Foot Active base near Newby bridge

  • Drive Away 16:00

  • Join a Group £94 per person

    Book anytime £289 based on 4 persons

What is included?

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified Canoeing Instructors

  • Launching and Landing fees

  • Waterproofs and Gloves

    Our lovely lunch

What do we actually do?

  • Fit safety gear 

  • Look at comfortable seating and adaptions

  • Silently (electric) motor off the dock into safe space

  • Hoist the sails and learn the ropes 

  • Hand over control 

  • Anchor up for lunch

Sailing weekends

If you want to learn to sail or think sailing might be your thing: a weekend is ideal. It is enough time to start to understand the basics, enjoy plenty of time on the water and increase your confidence as you explore the lake by sail.

We do both days from the same place and leave any adaptions set up so that day 2 is much more focused on sailing time. Typically a weekend plan is:

Day One:
Focused on familiarisation on the boat: the controls, the manoeuvres and making her go. We spend time going back and forth getting the hand of turns, holding a course and sail setting, Often lunch is on anchor

Day Two
This day is typically focused on a journey and the experience of taking a lovely little boat a good long way. Invariably this is north up the lake with islands to round, headlands and ferries to contend with. Often we also deploy our fourth sail the spinnaker.

For private bookings, there is a second option for those who are more focused on learning to sail where we spend the day building independence and knowledge. The day swops distance and travelling for knowledge and practice. We cover changing the sail size, mooring, docking, anchoring and rescues. This is the typical content of our dedicated learn-to-sail 3-day course.

Sea Pig is a little small to sleep on for clients: a massive cockpit necessitates a tiny cabin.
We have a range of great suggestions for accommodation some right on the water with no need to drive to the meeting point (we can come to you). If you need transport we can arrange a package to suit which is important if you are arriving by train. 

Dates and Costs 

  • Book anytime or join a group

  • Arrive 10am Fell Foot Active base near Newby bridge

  • Drive Away Each day 16:30

  • Non-residential - we have great suggestions for where to stay

  • Join a Group £171 per person

    Book anytime £528 based on 4 persons

What is included?

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified Canoeing Instructors

  • Launching and Landing fees

  • Waterproofs and Gloves

    Our lovely lunches

What do we actually do?

  • Fit safety gear 

  • Look at comfortable seating and adaptions

  • Silently (electric) motor off the dock into safe space

  • Hoist the sails and learn the ropes 

  • Hand over control 

  • Anchor up for lunch

    Travel to new areas with new challenges

  • Spend enough time to understand the basics of sailing 

 Sailing overnight camp

Sailing is about going somewhere and one fantastic option is to go for a wild night out.

We have a fantastic wooded lakeshore spot with good access for a range of needs, cunning toileting solutions and all the overnight equipment you need.

The first day starts much like the other sailing courses apart from we don’t turn round. Lunch is somewhere new and so is dinner. The next day we keep going.

We will also teach you how to build and light a campfire which will be used for cooking over, as well as sitting around and relaxing in the evening. This is not a campsite experience but it is comfortable with privacy, great food and comfort. It is a wilderness experience, and we take everything we need for a memorable camp and carry everything out again in the morning. This does include the toilet!

Overnight camping from Sea Pig is challenging for a person with a mobility impairment - more so than Canoe Sailing; there is no pontoon or pier at the camp spot so transfers are up and over the side into shallow water. Canoe Sailing beaches to a similar height as a wheelchair seat, can utilise a mobile hoist and may be a more accessible option. Alternatively, hoisting from sailboat to wheelchair-access-powerboat on the opposite shore and returning is a possibility. There are workarounds to discuss depending on needs so please get in touch. 

Dates and Costs 

  • Book anytime

  • Arrive 10am Saturday morning (for example) at Fell Foot Active base near Newby bridge

  • Drive Away Sunday afternoon 16:00

  • Private bookings only

    Book anytime £850 based on 4 persons

What is included?

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified Canoeing Instructors

  • Launching and Landing fees

  • Waterproofs and Gloves

    Two lovely lunches, 3-course campfire evening meal and cooked breakfast

  • Sleeping bag, liners, bed mat, raised bed or hammock as needed and accessible tipi or shelter tarps as chosen.

What do we actually do?

  • Look at comfortable seating and adaptions

  • Gear up and get on the water 

  • Silently (electric) motor off the dock into safe space

  • Hoist the sails and learn the ropes 

  • Hand over control 

  • Anchor up for lunch

    Arrive at the campspot and set up camp

  • Light our cooking fires and make dinner together 

  • Sleep out under canvas 

  • Start to sail back to base, anchoring for a yummy lunch en-route

Windermere camp out Inclusivity information

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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 bring their own.

  • We can access volunteer guides given enough notice. 

  • The camp ground is uneven. 

  • We can set out guide strings from bed to toilet facilities etc. 

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Cognition

  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or with a dedicated carer (who could drive between sites).

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc. 

  • Participants should be capable of understanding and acting appropriately around fires, sharp objects and at the water's edge without constant supervision (or bring a supporter).

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Mobility  

  • The camp spot has a rough surface but with some help is accessible to manual chair users.

  • You will need to climb out of a high sided boat onto rough ground and shallow water

    By arrangement a transfer to chair can be done at a jetty arriving by ramped powerboat

  • The trip is possible for walking aid users.

  • Access back to a full changing place can be made possible during daylight hours (needs notice and some changes).

  • We have a stable toilet with handrails 

  • We can arrange a loan of a mountain trike off-road wheelchair.

  • We have raised beds or intermediate height stools to facilitate ground sleeping

  • Fires are raised and we have a selection of different height work tables 

  • Tents are height enough for Wc access, large enough to accomodate the toilet at night time  

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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 separated in different boats. 

Learn to Sail 

With 20 years of experience teaching people to sail professionally, Chris is one of the most experienced small boat sailing instructors on the lake.

Qualified as a senior sailing instructor, powerboat instructor and yacht master you are in good hands.

This boat is exactly the boat a very experienced sailing instructor would choose (funny that) for delivering the very best learning experience. The skills you use in Sea Pig are transferrable to the largest of yachts or the smallest racing dinghy.

We teach sailing as a bespoke subject and design the programme for your needs, experience and aspirations. As a guide, if you have done no sailing we would recommend 3 full days or 2 weekends. This is enough time to concentrate on the core skills and explore the different aspects of sailing - you will come away with a good understanding of where you want to go next with your sailing adventures. 

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Dates and Costs 

  • Book anytime

  • Arrive 10am each day  Fell Foot Active base near Newby bridge

  • Drive Away  16:00

  • Non-residential - we have great suggestions for where to stay

  • Bespoke bookings only this year 

    Book anytime £867 based on 4 persons

What is included?

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified Canoeing Instructors

  • Launching and Landing fees

  • Waterproofs and Gloves

    Three days instruction

    Three lovely lunches 

What do we actually do?

  • Look at comfortable seating and adaptions

  • Gear up and get on the water 

  • Silently (electric) motor off the dock into safe space

  • Hoist the sails and learn the ropes 

  • Get loads of hands on time 

  • Build independence 

  • Understand the theory, rules of the road and how to get the best out of the boat 

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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