Learn to sail

No experience is necessary. If you would like to learn to sail then come down to one of our Scout sailing days, we will teach you all you need to know to get you out on the water in one of our sailing dinghies.

 

Sailing Calendar 2019

For all the upcoming sailing dates please have a look at the list of activities in Upcoming Activities section.

 

Online Sailing Booking

We now have an online booking system to make it easier to manage and plan the sailing days at Largs.

If you would like to come along to one of the Summer Sailing days at Largs please use the link below to book a space. You do not need to be a registered user of the website.

Please only book the days you are 100% certain you can attend. If you book a place and then find you can't attend please email John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   and we will cancel your booking for you. People who book a place and regularly do not turn up for sailing will have all their other bookings cancelled.

** BOOK NOW **

If you would like to come along sailing but there is no space left please email John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell us which day you would like to come along on and we will see if we can find space for you.

 

RYA Sailing Courses

If you are interested in doing RYA courses with us then please let us know and we will try and arrange something for you, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will contact you to discuss your requirements.

 

Powerboat Practice

If you want to come down to Largs to do some Powerboat practice, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will try and arrange a suitable date. The sailors will have priority on sailing days but we will try and accommodate as many power boaters as possible.

The cost for a days powerboat practice is the standard sailing/powerboating charge of £12 per day per person.

 

Our training fleet

The following boat are based at Largs and are available for use:

Dinghies

  • 2 x Wayfarers
  • 6 x Toppers
  • 3 x RS Feva XL
  • 1 x RS 500

Safety Boats / Powerboats

  • 5.5m RIB with 70hp 4-stroke engine
  • 4.7m RIB with 60hp 4-stroke engine 
  • Dory with 40hp 2-stroke engine

 

Sailing Questions and Answers

Please find below some answers to the most common sailing question. If you want to know about something that is not covered below please send an email to John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Who can come sailing?
Sailing is open to anyone in the Discovery Scout Section and any Explorer Scouts.

Do I need to be able to sail?

No previous sailing experience is required. The only requirement is that participants must be able to swim 50m.

Where do we go sailing?
The majority of the 29th Glasgow's sailing is undertaken at Largs, where we are members of Largs Sailing Club. Other venues may be arranged.

How much does sailing cost?
The cost for sailing is £12 per day. This is a contribution towards the annual costs of providing transport, safety boat fuel, membership of Largs Sailing Club and the boats.

What days can I come sailing?
Please check the calendar above to see which dates are available for you to come along sailing. There are only a limited number of places each day, so please make sure you book a space.

What time is sailing from?
We meet at 10am at the Cameron Halls on the day of sailing returning at around 7.30pm. Arrival times back at the halls can vary so the normal practice is for the sailors to phone home once we have left Largs.

Who will be taking me sailing?
All sessions are run under the supervision of the 29th Glasgow Scout Groups RYA Senior Instructors, RYA Dinghy Instructors and RYA Powerboat Instructors. The Explorer Sea Scouts also help run some of the sailing sessions.

What kit do I need to bring with me?

The following kit should be brought with you when coming sailing. You do not need to wear Scout uniform on sailing days.

  • Packed lunch
  • A full change of clothes
  • A towel
  • A pair of shoes that can get wet or wellies
  • Waterproofs
  • Warm clothes
  • Swimming costume
  • A wetsuit, if you have one and are intending sailing a Topper or the RS Feva
  • A pair of shorts
  • Towel
  • Suncream, yes it is sometimes sunny and when it is you can burn very quickly on the water.
  • A little spending money if you want to get chips on the way home!


How do we get to Largs?
The majority of the time we will be using the Scout minibus to travel to and from Largs. On the few occassions the bus is in use by other sections, parents will be asked to assist with transport.

Activities this month

How to book

Booking an activity or course is easy just follow these simple instructions...

Go in to the Upcoming Activities & Book Now section. In this section you will find a list of the upcoming sailing, powerboating, kayaking and RYA Courses.

Using the filter you will be able to pick the category of activity you are looking for.

Scroll down the list and select the activity you want to take part in.

Click on the Read more button, which will then give you further information, then click on the Register button.

At the top of the registration page you will see the cost of the activity and the number of places left. Please pay for the activity on the day.

Complete the registration form as fully as possible, and click the Register button.

You will receive a confirmation message at the top of your screen.

The prices listed on this website are the activity/courses cost for members of the 29th Glasgow Scout Group and their families.