Catamaran Sailing

2 days

Age 16+

Enjoy the high speed exhilaration of catamarans. The Dart 16’s that we have at Cumbrae are stable boats, ideal for developing your sailing and they can accelerate and decelerate quickly allowing you to control the boat well. An instructor will either sail with you or be close by in a safety boat encouraging you to get as much from your 2 days at Cumbrae as possible.

Multihulls provide an exhilarating sensation of speed and are great fun to sail. We will introduce you to the basics of sailing on these twin hulled craft and the adaptions that need to be made for those moving from a monohull dinghy focusing on the five essentials.

The Instructor also covers General boat handling, launch, recovery, tacking, gybing, capsize recovery and apparent wind sailing in catamarans.

Pre-requisites/experience required
RYA Basic Skills (Level 2) or equivalent.

Recommended Reading

National Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook
RYA Dinghy Sailing – Advanced Handbook

Equipment and Kit Information

Catamaran Sailing - Kit Info

The Centre has Dart 16’s. This is a catamaran and great fun to sail. Children can sail it with 3 – 4 onboard and adults would sail it with 2 people. These boats are good for learning boat handling skills and providing the experience of acceleration through the power of sail and wind.

The boats you sail at Cumbrae will be selected by the instructors to suit the objectives of your course or tailored activity.

Getting wet is unavoidable so we will make sure you have the correct gear. A wetsuit, wetsuit boots, buoyancy aid and spray top are available for your use and can be dried overnight ready for the next day’s action. In addition, we would request you bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks. Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel

Daily Schedule

Catamaran Sailing - Schedule

On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of centre facilities indicated.

Main timings of our day are:

Meals times

Lunch: 1230hrs. For residential guests - Breakfast: 0830hrs & Dinner: 1800hrs

All meals are served in the dining area.

Activity times. Your activity will run from 0930 – 1630hrs.

Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity and the content of the sessions.

Residential Guests: Evenings are generally free time unless your course has specific tutelage incorporated or activities have been pre arranged.

If you are on a single day course the 0915hrs ferry from Largs to Cumbrae will get you here in sufficient time and plan for the 1730 return crossing.


Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are not taking any course bookings at the moment. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact

Booking Options

1 Night full board accommodation included.

No places left? We strive to offer additional places on our courses.

Please call 01475 530757 for more information.

Date Price Quantity
15 Aug 20 - 16 Aug 20 £229 -


Name Price Quantity
Accommodation Friday night £31 -