Family sailing holidays and latest news

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7th March 2018

Where is your family holiday taking you?
Stress free sailing with stunning scenery

Most family holidays take place in the summer months and at present I have a few weeks in July and August that are still available.

It is a time for family members to be together and experience a new type of adventure. Do you want to learn sailing and yachting skills? What do your family enjoy? Is it seeing wildlife close up, exploring remote islands, rocky shores and beaches, or perhaps dipping into history? All this, whilst surrounded by stunning scenery.

Our operating area offers variety and choice of destinations whether it’s south to Gigha and Jura, west to Coll, or perhaps northwards towards the Isle of Skye. During the week you will learn new skills through hands on experience as well as being involved in the planning and decision making.

You will have had a unique experience as no two trips are the same, and will go away feeling refreshed with pictures and memories of your west coast sailing holiday and a few tales to tell others.

Come and join me on your nautical holiday this summer for under £2000 for up to 5 people.

    • Five or six days duration
    • Fully catered for with plenty of fresh foods
    • Quiet, peaceful secluded anchorages
    • Learning about the area, its history and wildlife, sea eagles.
    • Time to visit ashore, sometimes places off the beaten track.
    • Being involved in the decisions throughout your cruise.
    • Ages 10 to 80s
    • Get 5 berth spaces for the price of 4

What’s been happening in the winter months at Oban Sea School?

The moorings were all lowered to the seabed then Aquila was moved over to the Kerrera marina for pre-lift preparations and then into the hoist for the winter ashore. Her underside all pressure washed clean, and then into her secure cradle for the wild months.

Work started straight away with a list of many things to do with rigging, the engine, woodwork, electrical and routine checking to get her ready and laid up prior to the worst weather. A spell of better weather gave a good chance to give a few little rust marks the full treatment to keep her tip top.

The kiwiprop propeller comes off and gets fully checked and lubricated and all underwater items thoroughly checked. The whole heads system was dismantled and all cleaned up, pump, hoses, valves and fittings so as to give another fault free year. Basically there is a lot of checking and maintenance that goes on in the winter period from little details to major ones like sails. This year will see a new genoa and mainsail to power us along. Another new item will be the liferaft as the previous one had reached the age where it required annual servicing.

I sold it to a local company who do sea survival courses and they could deploy it in the swimming pool for training. The new raft will mount in a cradle at the stern and this will give a clear view forwards along the coachroof rather than the slight obstruction that it was before. I am always trying to make things the best. The days now get longer, and more work is on the cards. I try to fit this in on the better days across on the island. Launch will be around the middle of March.