Laser darts for SALE

03 Feb

An exciting opportunity to purchase a Laser dart 16 sailing catamaran. Purchased new in 2005 by Cumbrae these “cats” provide a great sense fun, exhilaration and speed while also providing a stable platform compared with many other types of dinghy. The boat comes with a set of launching trolley wheels. and the sails have been replaced since we originally purchased the boats in 2005. They are being sold on an “as seen basis”.

If you are interested and / or if you wish to come and have a look or test sail then please contact us on 01475 530 757.

We have three Dart 16s for sale which could make them an attractive “bulk” purchase for a club.

Cost each is £1,400 (this includes VAT).

By David

Get Ready For The Season - Day Skipper Theory Course - Glasgow, (Feb - March)

30 Jan

Cumbrae is running an RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course at Clyde Cruising Clubs Bardowie Loch venue. The course is being run over a series of dates; Sun 12th Feb, Sun 19th Feb, Sat 25th Feb and the weekend Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March.

This classroom based courses provides a sound introduction to; Chartwork and Navigation, Safety and Rules of the Road, Passage Planning, Weather, Tides and Pilotage. The course is being delivered by Cumbrae Instructors in Glasgow at Bardowie Loch, Milngavie. Spaces are now available on this course which has been opened out by the club to anyone wishing to take part, As this is an introductory course no prior experience is necessary although some prior experience of sailing will help with understanding of some of the theoretical concepts

The cost of the course is £240 This includes the course fee and the training pack complete with charts and exercises as well as the accompanying training almanac. candidates will need to provide their own packed lunch. To book a place on this course or for more information please call the Cumbrae centre on 01475 530 757.

By Calum

Happy New Year - We re-open on 9th January 2017

04 Jan

All the staff at Cumbrae wish you a very happy new year, While the office is closed until Monday the 9th January, our full range of 2017 course are now available to book online. Instructional and office staff will be back on the 9th Jan and will be happy to discuss courses options or group bookings with you then if you have any questions

We look forward to seeing you out on the water in 2017

By David

Natalie McWilliams, the first female Scottish Windsurf Champion, gives us some insight…

13 Dec

A catch-up with Natalie McWilliams

Natalie is a seasonal insturctor at Cumbrae and, in September, became the first female to claim the title of Scottish Windsurf Champion. She’s 21 and currently studying at Aberdeen. She recently took some time out to provide some insight to sportscotland, below:

How did you get into windsurfing?

I got into windsurfing at age 11, when my mum enrolled me in a taster course activity day at our local lake, James Hamilton Heritage Park. On this day, I tried sailing, windsurfing and canoeing but of course fell in love with windsurfing so persuaded my parents to do the Start windsurfing course and from then on I became addicted and went along to the local Team 15 club where I improved and learnt in a fun environment.

What was your experience of sport when you were younger? What were the challenges you faced?

Sport has always been a big part of my live. From very young I was part of swimming club, athletic club, as well as dancing. All of which I got to a reasonable standard with. However, being an outdoors type of girl and loving to be near the sea I took every opportunity to jump to the sport of windsurfing. Windsurfing is sometimes seen as a mainly male dominated sport and it has been great to see more girls within the sport.

What does it mean to you to have become the first female Scottish Windsurf Champion?

It’s so amazing and such an excellent achievement. The weekend consisted of hard conditions and competitors who were on bigger sails and boards than me, making it a challenge to try and beat them.However, that is part of the fun and winning this event has gave me the encouragement and determination to go further and improve my skills.

What transferable skills have you gained, both from competitive sport and being an instructor?

As an Ex Scottish Squad member for several years and being in the British youth squad, I learnt a lot and had the chance to make friends from all over the world. This understanding of how people react and respond has in turn allowed for me to adapt and encourage people intowindsurfing, as an Instructor. It has taught me to participate and work as a team as well as developing leadership skills.

How do you balance training and competing with your studies?

To make sure that my assignments are performed to the best of my ability, I start assignments as soon as they are given, allowing me to spread work over a couple of weeks, rather than crushing it into the last few days before it is due. I have found this is the best way to balance my training and competing with university work.

Why do you think it’s important for girls to be involved in sport and physical activity?

I think it’s important because it helps lead to happier and healthier lifestyle and you can make lots of new friends and learn new skills. Also, physical activity is a good stress buster. Thanks to windsurfing I have also travelled worldwide seeing a variety of places, such as San Francisco, Helsinki and Cesme for example.

What do you think stops some girls from getting active, and what do you think might encourage them? I feel that some feel self-conscious about what other think and I believe no matter what shape, size, appearance and goals you have. You should do everything possible to achieve it, no matter what other people think.

What advice would you have for girls considering taking up a new sport such as windsurfing?

Find a local club or enrol in a course in the many activities offered at the National Centre Cumbrae…but most of all go have fun, go out with others and don’t be afraid to ask and talk to other budding windsurfers. Everyone is friendly and helpful.

By Carla


08 Dec

NEWS RELEASE on behalf of the SSI Board


As a result of a challenging financial environment, the board of directors of The Scottish Sailing Institute (SSI) has agreed to merge the SSI with the sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae in order to sustain a Scotland wide event resource for the future. The new arrangements will ensure the SSI continues to work closely with RYA Scotland, clubs and classes to provide world class event support through out Scotland.

Utilising the marketing support available through Inverclyde and RYA Scotland, the SSI will continue to seek to bring sailing events to Scotland making the most of Scotland’s naturally varied locations and the world class championship facilities in Largs.

Continued support will include race management training, event consultancy and physical resources to enable clubs all across Scotland to benefit from the world class water sports event management experience held within the SSI. Coordination of race management training will be undertaken by RYA Scotland and will enable more courses to be delivered across Scotland. The physical resources will be accommodated by sportscotland in its facilities at Cumbrae & Inverclyde, in Largs and will be available for hire in 2017.

Further details on how to access the support and resources available will be found on the Cumbrae Website in 2017.

The SSI Board is confident that these changes will secure the skills, experience and resources of the SSI for the future and will ensure Scotland continues to attract events to our shores.

Quote from John Kent – Principal sportscotland National Centre Inverclyde & Cumbrae:

“The merger is a great opportunity for Scottish sailing to take advantage of the skills & equipment developed over 17 years of operation. By joining the SSI with sportscotland and working closely with RYA Scotland the SSI will be able to offer a truly Scottish service in 2017. sportscotland, Event Scotland and the RYA& RYA(S) will be working closely together to also attract major sailing events to Scotland and Largs. 2017 sees the SSI expanding its horizons for the benefit of Scottish sailing.”

Quote James Allan of RYA Scotland:

“The SSI has been a key element in securing major sailing events for Scotland over the years. I am pleased that the partners have been able to come together and find an arrangement that keeps the core elements of the SSI available for everyone to benefit from and maintains the commitment to Largs as the premier location in Scotland for major national and international sailing events.”

Quote Ewan Macpherson Commodore of Largs Sailing Club:

“Largs Sailing Club looks forward to continuing to work closely with RYA Scotland, sportscotland, the Scottish Sailing Institute, Largs Yacht Haven and other partners, building upon almost two decades of success in the hosting and delivering almost 200 major Scottish, UK and World Championship sailing events. Together with contributions from across Scotland we have forged a world class team with a reputation which extends across the oceans. We look forward to working closely with all of our partners to build upon this success into the future.”

By Carla

Cumbrae’s Tom shortlisted for RYAs ‘Official of the Year’ Award

01 Dec

Hard work pays off…

We’re delighted that the dedication and effort put in by Cumbrae’s Tom Thurlow is being recognised at the upcoming RYAs Annual Awards Dinner in January. Tom has been shortlisted for the ‘Official of the Year’ Award.

Congratulations and Good Luck to all the nominees!

For more information visit:

By Carla

A ‘Cumbrae Christmas’: Gift Vouchers Now on Sale!

24 Nov

Thinking of purchasing something a little bit different this Christmas?

Why not give the gift of a memorable experience at Cumbrae?


It’s a gift that offers great flexibility so just call the centre on 01475 530 757 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you’d like to make a purchase.

By Carla

Know someone who’d like a Dart, Pico or Sea Kayak for Christmas?

24 Nov

Cumbrae could have your Christmas Gift sorted!

Laser Dart 16

2005 Lader Dart16
2005 Laser Dart 16


Laser Pico

2011 Laser Pico
2011 Laser Pico


Sea Kayak


Or, have you considered Cumbrae Gift Vouchers this Christmas?


If you’d like more information, or would to purchase any of the above, please contact Cumbrae on 01475 530757 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

By Carla

Vacancies - Instructor Development Scheme

04 Nov

Following our initial blog about this back in August, we just wanted to put this up again, as a reminder, as applications close on 1st Dec 2016.

Cumbrae is recruiting three people to join the 19 month The Instructor Development Scheme (IDS) starting in April 2017.

The IDS programme aims to target people who are interested in a career in the outdoors and particular within the watersports sector. Candidates may have reached a stage at which they are ready to move onto the middle tiers of instructor qualifications. Those selected may possibly have gained some work experience at an outdoor centre and hold a couple of basic National Governing Body (NGB) awards such as a paddlesports, dinghy, powerboating, windsurfing and cruising qualifications,. This level of experience and interest is desirable as the awards are pre requirements for the middle tier of instructor awards in all these disciplines. Opportunities are also provided to gain experience within the RYA cruising scheme. The centre is a busy place and a great place to learn and develop. At the end of the training period, trainees will be well qualified.

Duties and Responsibilities As part of the scheme there is a requirement to contribute to the day to day work around the centre (i.e. stores and basic maintenance) as well as staffing the reception desk on a rotational basis. You will be paid an allowance of approximately £6,000 per year from which you will be required to payback 120/month for your basic living expenses, food and accommodation. The standard number of working hours, as part of the scheme, is approximately 19 hours a week. The remaining time should be spent gaining experience, attending courses or shadowing instructors as part of a pre agreed development plan. Occasionally there will be opportunities to undertake paid work on courses (qualifications permitting) so a flexible attitude is important. You will have access to a wide range of free training opportunities worth around £6,000 - £7,000

The scheme will run from 1st April 2017 until 31st October 2018.

You must be available to start from 1st April 2017. If you are not available for these dates due to other commitments, college courses, etc. please do not apply this year. The next scheme will run from 1st April 2018 until 31st October 2019.

Who Should Apply? Applicants must be over 18 years of age. We are looking for responsible individuals with a variety of relevant outdoor interests who will work together during the height of the season as part of a team of six. We will therefore select people based on a balanced team structure of complementary skills and character. In your free time you will be expected to gain experience in order to complete a broad range of NGB training courses in paddlesports, powerboating, sailing, windsurfing and yachting.. The ability to be self-motivated in order to gain experience is an important selection criteria.

From the applications received we will interview 12 candidates, over a 2 day assessment centre. We’ll be recruiting for 3 posts. The closing date for completed applications is 1st December 2016. For an application form please click here .

By David

Cumbrae’s New Gym turns ONE!

02 Nov

Unbelievably Cumbrae’s refurbished gym is celebrating it’s FIRST BIRTHDAY already! In the past year we’ve been delighted to welcome many more new members to the gym, as well as continuing to support our members from the past. We’ve had great feedback over this past year and we’ll continue to offer you a great place to workout in over the coming winter months!

So…if you’ve not taken the plunge yet and are looking to ‘tone up’ in time for Christmas, or just want to keep active over winter, then Cumbrae Gym is for YOU! With great PAYG rates, as well as membership options to suit you, now’s the time to email us, pick up the phone or pop into ‘sportscotland Cumbrae’ to get started.

All new members will need to complete an induction before using the gym so please call the centre on 01475 530757 to book a slot (n/a to PAYG users). Inductions cost £10 per person.

For more information, visit our gym webpage.

By Carla

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