Skye Sailing Club

The present 'Skye Sailing Club' is formed from the old 'Portree Sailing Club' and the old 'Skye Sailing Club' which was originally based in Armadale at the south of the Island.

The two old clubs amalgamated in 1998 to form a single club based in Portree.

In 2014 the Club bought the derilict boatshed on the Scorybreac shore, refurbished and extended it to enhance the Club's shoreside facilities with electricity (!), water, kitchen, classroom, shower and a loo. In 2015 the Club became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and in 2016, when the building work had finished, rejuvinated its fleet of boats. This was all done with the help of Coastal Communities Funding.

The aim of the Club is to promote and facilitate the sport of boating, under sail, with oars, paddles and engines, in and around the Isle of Skye.

The Club has an open-door policy encouraging anyone from any background to take up and enjoy our sport. One of the main ways we keep the club so inclusive is by keeping all fee's low – membership and course fees.

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Club nights

Every week during the Summer (May - October) the Club runs evening sailing sessions from the Boathouse on the Scorrybreac shore in Portree.

Tuesday – Adults only – Starts 6.30pm

Wednesday – Junior Cadets' Sailing – Starts 6.30pm

Thursday – Advanced Cadets' Sailing – Starts 6.30pm

Sailing at weekends

Some Saturdays / Sundays,12.00-4.00pm (or as announced on Facebook) - sailing for all with some races.

Assistance from volunteer members is always appreciated to make weekend sailing happen.

Winter sailing

Outside of the main season (May to October) some winter weekend sailing takes place. The water rarely gets below 9 degrees!

Racing

For the more experienced there are a number of opportunities to take part in races in the Harbour including the Games Week Regatta. We also travel further afield to compete against other West Coast clubs.

Please Note

The usual boat usage subs apply at all sessions (£7 Adult / £5 Cadet)

We only sail when conditions are appropriate for the skill level. Please always check the Club's Facebook page, which is updated at least one hour before a session if the session is to be cancelled. As a rule of thumb, if it is raining really, really hard or far too windy for the group we will not go out.

Skye Highland Games & Skye Saling Club - Dinghy Sailing Trophy Races 

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Early records of the Skye Games date back to 1877. It was held first in September, then after 1881, in August. In those days, many visitors came to Skye in fine, big yachts and the Games included a regatta with skiff races for the yachts. We still hold dingy racing and a keelboat race during games week.

Dinghy racing will take place on Monday 5 August, 6pm from Scorrybreac Boathouse. 

SSC members may sail club boats. Visiting sailors should sail their own boats. Crews may race single-handed on a single-handed boat or as a pair on a two person dinghy.

This is an open event for all types that have a PY (Portsmouth Yardstick) handicap. Racing will use the RRS (Racing Rules of Sailing) 2017/20.

Subject to weather conditions 3 races will be held. All entered boats will compete at the same time on the same course. 

Best Overall Crew – The Scorribreac Trophy: 

Named after the shore the Skye Sailing Club boathouse and slipway sit upon, this award will be presented to the best sailor on the day – regardless of age. 

Best Youth Crew U16 – The Sandy Rankine Trophy: 

Sandy has had an impressive teaching career in sailing and science. His role in the formation of the Skye Sailing Club in Portree was considerable and he has been behind a number of local sailing initiatives since. He continues to take part; 8 decades in and is still often seen at the helm during the Vice Admiral’s Cup and Round Raasay races – a great example to all. 

How to enter

To enter you must consider yourself competent enough to race fairly among other boats without crashing!  If you wish to use one of the Skye Sailing Club boats, you must be a Member (Annual or Temporary) and Juniors and Cadets must hold RYA Dinghy Sailor Stage Two or above. Regardless of age, you should be known to have the ability by the Club’s Principal Instructor who will make final judgement – please check. 

Entry is £10 per sailor. Entry forms can be obtained at the clubhouse on Monday.

 

 

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