A fun week with lots of time on the water. Young people follow the appropriate RYA youth syllabus all aimed at making each individual more competent and confident in both singlehanded and double handed dinghies, depending on the conditions.
Those joining the course with prior certificates are encouraged to move onto the next level progressing through the syllabus as far as they can. Details of the Syllabus can be found in the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme logbook. Once beyond stage 4 those on the course start working towards completing the other RYA Modules such as seamanship skills, racing and spinnaker handling. Certificates are issued when each level has been achieved in this progressive scheme.
Requirements/pre course experience:
RYA Youth Dinghy Sailing Stage 3 or equivalent.
There is a wide range of dinghy sailing equipment at the Centre.
In our single handed fleet (one sailor/boat) we use the Laser Picos. These are super boats for beginners or advanced sailors as they provide progression in sailing skills and also encourage application of racing techniques. The sail can be reefed to suit the wind conditions and they are suitable for both junior and youth modules.
Our main group teaching boats where we generally have 1 instructor to 3 persons (depending on age and size) are the Laser Stratus and the RS Bahia’s. These are spacious boats with good stability and can be sailed with main and jib or for more advanced levels with the addition of the spinnaker. The boats can also be used for trapezing.
Also in our fleet we have the Dart 16’s. This is a catamaran and great fun to sail. Children can sail it with 3 – 4 onboard and older youth sailors would sail it 2 up. 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 is 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.×
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. Breakfast: 0830hrs Lunch: 1230hrs 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.
Evenings will have some free time and there will be fun activities organised by our staff.
If you are a non-residential guest on these courses and coming from the mainland, the 0915hrs ferry from Largs to Cumbrae will get you to the Centre in sufficient time.×