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Skye is a great place to learn and develop your sailing skills – Portree Harbour and its backdrop of the Cuillin Hills truly is a marvellous place to sail

Cadet sailing courses

We offer a range of sailing courses through the summer holidays delivering RYA approved training. We use RYA course material and RYA Qualified Instructors for our summer school courses and provide all equipment needed.

We like to take a little more time than standard RYA courses (usually 4 days, Monday to Thursday) This allows us to spend time to build confidence on and around the water, giving a more rounded sailing skill-set and greater self-reliance which is helpful to progress in coastal waters. We also get the chance to explore the harbour, visiting beaches and sailing with the dolphins! Running sailing courses on Skye, we are at the mercy of the weather and the longer course allows us a greater degree of flexibility to adapt the course to suit the conditions.

Age 10 is our lowest unaccompanied youth limit, however, we can consider teaching younger sailors with a parent or guardian as part of a family group booking.

The RYA Youth Dinghy Sailing Training Matrix

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We run sailing courses for adults that are spread over evening and weekend sessions. This suits many adults who don’t have the luxury of school holidays!

Subject to demand we can also run 4 day courses in the summer holidays.

The RYA Adult Dinghy Sailing Training Matrix

General information

Courses and experience days begin at 10.30am and end around 4.00pm

All course participants must become members of the club. However, there is a temporary membership category which is ideal for those who do not expect to participating in the weekly club nights.

We can cater for family groups wishing to learn together. If booking as a family, we are able to begin our courses with juniors aged below 10 – but please contact us before booking to discuss details.

Courses will use various dinghies (new in 2016) and include:

Topper Taz – a great boat for juniors whether starting out or experienced

Topper Club – a single handed boat giving you full control and sometimes a swim…

Topper Race – the ubiquitous dinghy with all the string and tweaky bits for racers

RS Feva – great two-junior boat with spinnaker - can be a handful for an adult too…

Laser Bahia – perfect family boat with space for sandwiches and granddad

RS Quest – new design technology for trapeze artists and explorers alike


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You will need to bring with you:

Towel (you will get wet)

Non-marking grippy soled trainers (they will get wet)

Boardshorts or sports shorts for over the wetsuit (helps with moving around the boat)

Packed lunch

Warm clothes to change in to at the end

Enthusiasm and willingness to get wet!

We will provide:

RYA qualified Instructors

Qualified Safety Boat operators

Wetsuit if you do not have your own

Buoyancy aid

RYA Certification (if achieved) where offered as part of the course





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