Sailing course dates
Dates for 2018
April 29th – 4th May
Plymouth start and finish. 2 places left
May 13th – 19th
Plymouth – Channel Islands- Plymouth. 7 great days training in fast tides, scary rocks and some passage making while we’re about it. 2 places left
27th -1st May
A week in Cornwall so short passages and we might start this one in Penzance and run to the Isles of Scilly for the week. Great catamaran familiarisation area!
1st – 6th July
Plymouth to Plymouth. easy start and finish
13th – 25th July.
Twelve days of adventure. Shake down and drills on the Saturday then X channel to Chanel du Four and western Brittany. Islands off Brittany are wonderful if rock bound! We will then island hop our way South East and should get down to la Rochelle. This trip will obviously suit those who need a few miles, do some longer off shore trips and get into running watches. After La Rochelle we will head north agin for the Loire and flights out of Nante. We’ve been down there a few times so look in “news” to get a taste. one or maybe two places left
19th – 24th August
All places available
2nd – 7th September
All places available
16th – 21st September
all places available
As you can see we don’t just recover the fender! its real at top cat
TopCat Scotland and back 2015
Great sailing, great training ! Heres a few pictures from a trip taking us from Plymouth along both south and north coasts of Cornwall, over
to Lundy thence to south Wales. Buryport, over to southern Ireland
( Arklow, Wicklow, Houth) Northern Ireland too. Annalong, Strangford lough. Over to Portpatrick on the Mull of Galoway. Into the firth of Clyde via AilsaCraig, Campbelltown on the Mull of kintyre, loch Ranza on Arran, Kyles of Bute then a crew change in largs.
That was just to get north. Heading south again took in Ilse of man, Menai straight ( north Wales) and back via the Scilly’s. What a summer!
You get a little more with Top Cat. No we don’t swan around the Solent. These are true Cruising courses. Passage planning big time. Real passage making. every harbour is one we have never seen!
2013 Spain adventure
Top Cats summer cruise got off to a fine start with an easy sail across the channel to L’Aberildut. I remember a right old fight getting the anchor back! tried every trick in the book and still getting nowhere. Eventually tried putting a small loop of chain around the main cable and dropping it down a tight main anchor chain. Drop the main chain and pull on the small loop. It worked! we couldn’t believe it. All stop here though as we found the starboard engine had cracked a piston? So a U turn and back over the channel via Ile de batz ( Beautiful drying anchorage in perfect shelter) Limped home, Well I call it limping, but we had sails and one engine just like half a boat!. Engine re bored etc. Mago eventualy got here self down to Northern Spain. A hard place to cruise with big swells, shallow drying entrances and harbours few and far between. Beautiful but not easy!