We kick off the year with the Bute
Jazz Festival weekend over the 30th April to the 1st of May, which
is our first cruise of the year.
At the end of May (26th May to 4th June) we
are across the Irish Sea to The Isle
Of Man to the T.T. Races. This is a great week for
sailing and motorcycle enthusiasts, beginning with a 170 mile
sail tackling the tides of the North Channel and the Point
of Ayre. We anchor in Douglas Harbour which is the centre
of all the activities in the Isle of Man during the T.T. races.
On the promenade there are pop groups, street players, stunt
bikes, cart racing and of course there are a few bars to complete
the marvellous atmosphere.
In July around the 18th we usually head round the
Mull of Kintyre to the Islands
of Gigha, Jura and Islay, on the way
to Oban. Here is a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of Scotland
and to explore an old botanical garden on Gigha.
After a crew change at Oban we plan a course
to the Classic Malts
Ceilidh at Talisker on Skye, with a stop at the spectacular anchorage
of Scavaig in the South East of Skye. Here the peaks of the
Cuillins can be seen towering above, and sightings of seals
on the rocks, and stages on the hills are common. The course
continues North through the tidal race of the Kyle Rea under
the controversial Skye Bridge to the picturesque harbour of
We return to Oban for West
Highland Week (28th July - 3rd August) which offers
a fun week of some good sailing experience with passage races
and short round the buoy races amidst wonderful scenery. Overnight
stops are scheduled at Crinan, Oban and Tobermoray, with numerous
shore side entertainment arranged for the evenings.
The homeward voyage from Round
The Mull to Clyde Marina (August 8th to 14th) is an interesting
sail offering experience in tidal races with more fascinating
places to explore including the Island of Easdale with its
deserted slate quarry and old workers houses many of which
are now holiday homes.
In September we have a weekend sailing opportunity
(24th - 25th September) which will also visit the Tarbert