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FAQ

Where do we sleep and eat? Do we return to Largs at night?

On all our trips or courses you sleep and eat on board throughout. Each night you will go into a new harbour, marina or anchorage. Our cabins are spacious and comfortable ensuring a good night sleep after a busy day; it is likely that you will be sharing with one other person. We provide food for all your meals whilst you are with us. We provide good quality ingredients, for a range of meals that work well in these circumstances. Any allergies should be highlighted to us when booking.

What will I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring:

  • A sleeping bag, a sheet and pillow
  • A towel
  • A range of warm clothing in layers
  • Footwear – ideally deck shoes but non marking trainers are fine
  • Sailing boots (optional depending on time of year)
  • Sailing gloves (optional)
  • A warm hat for winter or a sun hat in summer
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Retaining strap for glasses/sunglasses
  • Essential medication
  • Toiletries
  • Log book (if you have one)
  • Current passport (if you are doing an Irish trip or a milebuilder)
  • Soft bag for all your belongings (no hard suitcases please)

For clothing, remember that you will be outdoors most of the day. A range of sporty, layered clothing is best. Jeans are OK, but not ideal as they are hard to dry if they get wet. You want to be warm, comfortable and able to move easily. We can provide waterproof jackets and trousers for a nominal charge – see below.

Can I hire waterproofs?

Yes! We have quality waterproof sailing gear available to hire for £10 for a weekend and £20 for a longer course. Please indicate when booking if you require waterproof hire.

What sizes do waterproofs come in?

We have small, medium, large and extra large. If you don’t get your size spot on don’t worry, what we need at booking is just an indication.

Why should I come to Scotland? It rains!

Scotland has stunning scenery, challenging conditions and fast changing weather. It has the full range of destinations from busy ports, secluded anchorages, luxurious spas and traditional distilleries.

You will have a great time and if you can sail in Scotland, you can sail anywhere.

Are there toilets and showers on board?

Each yacht has a toilet (the heads) on board. We will alternate between marinas with access to showers and secluded anchorages. Throughout the course we will make sure we get showers when necessary so nobody ends up being too smelly

Heads (toilet and shower room) onboard

What time should I arrive for a practical sailing course?

Have a look at your joining instructions that will be sent out to you prior to your course. Some courses start at 19:30 in the evening while others start at 09:00 in the morning.

When starting in the evening, no evening meal is provided. Please eat before you arrive.

How do I get there?

The majority of our courses are run out of Largs Yacht Haven. It is easily accessible by road and rail. Glasgow airport is linked to Largs via bus and rail.

Can I park my car?

Yes, Largs marina provides long stay parking free of charge. On arrival request entry through the barrier by indicating you are participating on a course with Sailing InTuition.

What if I have dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian, wheat intolerance or allergies?

With adequate notice, we can cater for most dietary requirements without undue difficulty. Contact us to discuss any particular requirements as soon as possible.

What if I have not done Day Skipper Theory, can I still take Day Skipper Practical?

You may be in a position to still take Day Skipper Practical; it depends on your existing knowledge of tidal navigation, collision regulations etc. Get in touch to discuss.

I have done some sailing before, do I need to take the Competent Crew Course or can I go straight to Day Skipper?

This is difficult to generalise about. Email or phone to discuss.

Where will we sail to?

On an RYA course you are likely to sail to places such as Loch Fyne, Arran, Kyles of Bute and upper Firth of Clyde. There are plenty of great harbours and anchorages and the plan will be tailored to the weather.

Do I need insurance?

You are strongly advised to arrange your own insurance at the time of booking to cover against personal accident, cancellation, medical problems.
Our yacht is fully insured against accidents and third party liability.

What happens if I need to cancel my booking?

Booked dates are final. It is not possible to change dates once you have booked. You may cancel your course at any time. Written notification [email] must begiven. Cancellation will be effective on the day notification is received. Cancellation charges are as follows. Period before departure: 2 months: £50; 1 month: 50% of total; 2 weeks or less: 100% of total.