dinghy sailing adventure days

learn to  sail a dinghy

Maximum Ratio | 1:4 per boat

Number of days | 1 day or half days

Minimum Ages | 8 yrs in accompanied family group – 10years unaccompanied

Preview |  The aim of this taster course is to give a safe and structured introduction to dinghy sailing to absolute beginners and relative novices in a controlled environment. It is hoped that students would have sufficient knowledge and confidence to carry the sport further at their own level, probably within the club situation.

Previous Experience | No previous sailing experience is assumed or  required but this can be an excellent refresher opportunity for those who have just done a little sailing before. A reasonable level of fitness will enable you to progress more rapidly and enjoyably. This also a great opportunity to progress from sailing on an enclosed area of water to the world of more open tidal water  in a unique mountain situation.

Location | Our dinghy sailing basic skills sessions  are based on the more sheltered the tidal head waters of Loch Linnhe which is on our doorstep – with a number of small islands in the tidal loch to visit – ideal for families and half day sessions, often crossing the water to Ardgour.  Easy access to the sheltered tidal waters of Loch Linnhe give access to the open sea down the length of Loch Linnhe beyond Corran Narrows. The centre’s position offers exceptional facilities for watersports enthusiasts of all levels.

Meeting Times & Dates| We meet at our base in Corpach, 4 miles from Fort William at 9.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm for a half day session. Full day sessions run from 9.30am – 12 – 4.30pm. We always aim to be back at base by 5pm. Dinghy Sailing  Taster Day  Sessions are available on weekly dedicated Thursdays & Fridays . Or at all other times by Prior Arrangement for Groups of 3 or more.

Summary |

After an introduction, issue of equipment and safety briefing these enjoyable skills  days will  gradually develop your sailing skills with the opportunity to take the helm if you are happy to do so. The aim for the day will be for you to go away able to assist in crewing a responsibly led dinghy sailing  sessions with competent leader in charge – probably in a sailing club situation. (See more in depth details or what you may get up to, need to bring, etc, below)

dinghy sailing – for beginners
      Adult   Junior: 16 yrs and under  Family Day Tickets (sample : max 2 adults & 2 juniors)
        Full day      £ 80    £ 60   £ 224.00
         1/2 day      £ 60    £ 45   £ 168.00



 Personal sailing  skills | 

  • You will learn a basic understanding of how a boat sails- how to sail in all directions
  • wind directions
  • the dinghy and its main parts
  • sail and rope handling

Have a go at |

  • Basic sailing skills & techniques
  • gaining  some experience of steering and handling the boat under supervision

Learn about

  • Knots
  • effect of tides & basic tidal predictions
  • awareness of safety on board & basic water safety
  • individual clothing, fitness, food & hydration.

We Supply:
We will supply all the specialist equipment needed to have fun whilst being safe and comfortable on the water . This includes the boats, buoyancy aids, all necessary safety gear. Flasks if you do not have one.

You may like to hire:
If you do not have them sailing  waterproofs –  trousers and jackets.

You should bring for Dinghy Sailing Sessions :
A layered system is advised for the “top half”. Long sleeved light / medium weight fleece or rugby top to wear underneath your waterproof jacket when sailing with an  extra spare fleece or warm top if it gets chilly. Water proof trousers & jacket, Trousers or tracky bottoms (not jeans). Warm hat, a Day Sac (max 35l) with Plastic container for butties. Flask – you can fill flasks here with us before leaving,  Sun block, Sun Hat, Sun Glasses!Warm cloths to put on / change into at the end of the session. Suitable footwear such as wellies or old trainers – we have plenty of spares if need be.

Our sailing dinghy feet consists of |

We have a small fleet of 16′ Devon Yawls which can take 4 students plus an instructor. These are moored at anchor in the bay just off the end of the Caledonian Canal. They are accessed by arowing dinghy from pontoons with a short row out to the moorings.
This is an exciting all weather dinghy with a drop keel which is fun to sail but is also fast and responsive for either single handed sailing or a family day out.

We also have a 21′ fixed keel Flying 15 dinghy which is also available for instruction with a maximum of 2 persons plus instructor