Loch sailing courses refloated

Instructor Alastair Mackay takes Campbeltown Sailing Club's venerable GP14 out on the water during 2017's courses.

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Kintyre Seasports Project hopes four weeks of its popular sailing courses will boom.

Campbeltown Sailing Club part funded by Argyll and Bute Council through the Supporting Communities fund will provide the sailing lessons for beginners and improvers from July 2-12.

The courses will run between as follows: Course one: Beginners, daily July 2-6, 10am till 1pm for participants aged eight to 16; Course two: Beginners, daily July 2-6, 2-5pm, ages 17-plus; Course three: Beginners, daily July 8-12, 10am till 1pm, ages eight to 16; Course four: Improvers, daily July 8-12, -5pm, all ages, eight-plus.

Participants must be able to swim 25 metres in open water.
The cost is £30 for U16s or those in full-time education or unemployed. For adults it is £50.

Participants who complete the course will learn to sail small dinghies independently and with another person.

Those over 16 may be assessed at RYA level one or higher. Younger sailors will be assessed at RYA Stage 1, 2, 3 or 4.

On the course, four sailors with previous experience will be able to progress onto higher levels of RYA dinghy sailing skills.

All sailing equipment and a suitable buoyancy aid will be supplied free during the course.

Potential sailors who sign up will be contacted with advice about suitable clothing and any other relevant arrangements.

In addition, participants will gain membership of Campbeltown Sailing Club until the end of December and there are a number of dinghies which may be used under supervision.
For further information call Sid Gallagher on 01586 552294.

Alternatively, Grammar school pupils can contact Mr Walker, in the science department for an application form.