“A MOST ENJOYABLE AND CHALLENGING TRIP TO ST. KILDA. THE SKIPPER HAD A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOUR AND WAS FUN TO SAIL WITH.” – CHRIS GARDINER.
This year as part of our Hebridean cruising programme we are aiming specifically to try and sail to St Kilda. We say try, because the weather at the time will play a significant part in making this trip possible, or not. By quickly crossing the Minch from Oban we hope to have our yacht positioned to make the most of any opportunities that the weather gives us to make the trip out into the Atlantic and visit the amazing set of islands and sea stacs around Village Bay.
A trip of this nature involves offshore sailing with longer passages that may involve watch keeping, and extended periods at sea on board the yacht. It is as much about the journey as the destination. With an experienced Yachtmaster Instructor on board we will do our best to reach St Kilda - but with a chance that it just may not happen you will still get plenty of sailing around the beautiful Hebridean islands.
It would be advantageous to have some practical experience although not essential. Those with a navigation course would have the chance to participate more in the navigation during the trip.
Food is provided throughout the cruise. Waterproof sets and lifejackets are on-board the yacht. All other clothing is the responsibility of the sailor. We recommend bringing warm comfortable clothing which is easy to layer, a warm hat, gloves, suitable footwear, towel and Tuileries and of course suntan lotion.
Sleeping bag and a blanket/sheet to go below your sleeping bag.
Not to forget your camera for that great shot of the sun coming up over the Western Isle or shot of Stack Lee, or one of the many 10,000 of birds that live out there, or that shot of the whales, dolphins and basking sharks that you may see.
The cruising activities are enjoyed onboard one of our 2 yachts. The Centre currently has two Solana’s a 37ft named Somerled and a 38ft named Santa Vey. Both yachts are perfectly suited to the waters around the Clyde and the west coast of Scotland. They provide up to 5 berths for client and all courses and cruises are led by one of our experienced instructors.
Food is provided throughout the cruise. Waterproof sets and lifejackets are on-board each yacht. All other clothing is the responsibility of the sailor and we recommend bringing warm comfortable clothing, which is easy to layer, a warm hat, gloves, suitable footwear, towel and toiletries and of course suntan lotion.×
Meeting point is Mallaig Yachting Marina PH41 4QB @ 1400hrs. Course will finish on last day also at Mallaig Yachting Marina ' approx. 1400hrs.
The Archipelago of St Kilda (group of islands) is the most Western part of the British Isles west of the Hebrides. The climate around these islands is renowned for inclement weather and sea conditions which can be prone to a full Atlantic swell. This swell is greater and wave length is longer than is experienced off the mainland coast and may bring on sea sickness, so please bring your favourite remedy with you!
Food provisions for the duration are on-board, you are free to bring extras that you may wish. Eating ashore is sometimes an option but is an additional personal expense and not always on offer due to location.×