The west coast of Scotland boasts some of the most spectacular, unspoiled and beautiful scenery in the world; sheltered coastal waters, innumerable lochs, remote uninhabited islands and quaint peaceful harbours and anchorage's with welcoming local hostelries. Wind your way through the Isles and the Kyle's in the west coasts unrivalled waters, considered some of the finest sailing in the world.
Sailing around Scotland's West Coast you will encounter abundant wildlife such as seals, whales and dolphins; puffins, gannets, cormorants, guillemots, skua, golden eagle and the sea eagle. The west coast is rich, not only in natural beauty but also in the history of landscapes of a bygone age. On every course (NB: full 2012 schedule here) we are on the lookout for dolphins, whale and basking shark.
Gael Sail aims to give those interested in sail cruising, instruction up to the Royal Yachting Association/Department of Transport standards for Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore.
Specifically we offer the following RYA Courses - an overview of each course may be found by clicking the 'info' links in the pricing table below. All prices are for 2012.
|Course Name||5 Days||6 Days||7 Days|
Competent Crew (info)
Day Skipper Practical (info)
Coastal Skipper Practical (info)
Yachtmaster Preparation (info)
|2-Day Practical Course||£185|
|Coastal Skipper Practical Exam ||Fee £168 (Paid to the RYA)|
|Yachtmaster Practical Exam ||Fee £194 (Paid to the RYA)|
6 Day daily attendance course
(includes lunch and coffee)
|9-Day Combined Theory/Practical Course
Theory and Practical tuition on board||£850
whole boat + skipper
|Hire of extras||Oilskins £20Boots £10|
You can now pay for 5 and 7 day courses online using PayPal
Please note that all course prices are inclusive
of VAT, food, fuel, and berthing of the yacht - there are
no hidden extras. A complete RYA schedule of courses for 2012
may be found here.
RYA courses are run all year round with
most courses starting from Troon on the Firth of Clyde, although
some Summer courses will run from Oban.
Troon is an ideal starting point for Scottish
west coast sailing. A short sail to the Isle of Arran and
its spectacular peaks, then around the Mull of Kintyre to
the Isles of Islay and Jura or up the Clyde to the picturesque
natural harbour of Tarbert on the Mull of Kintyre, the base
for the popular 'Scottish Series' races in May.
Five day practical courses start on Sunday's
at 7pm running through to Friday 5pm, with 7 day courses (Yachtmlaster
Pre Inc. exam) starting Friday at 7pm and finishing the following
Friday at 5pm.
Ron MacInnes, your Skipper and Instructor
has been sailing for twenty-five years. In the early years
his main interest was dinghy sailing when he worked as a Instructor
with Youth organisations in central Scotland.
He is experienced in yacht deliveries and
in recent years has concentrated on offshore racing and sailing