Sailing course dates

Posted on January 30th, by admin in Course dates. No Comments

Dates for 2020

Covid 19 has of course rather got in the way to say the least! We have decided that courses will be available on any dates where the government have given the go ahead for the pubs/clubs etc to re open. If big groups of people can sit in a pub then it would be reasonable that  we can drive and go sailing in the fresh air on a catamaran. If you can’t work? come sailing?

NB. Under 70 years, no medical conditions, fit and symptom free on the day.

One and two days courses available in March and April. Just email for dates.

DSC_00299th – 14th April

Easter holiday weekend is our  first five day course. I think this one is very unlikely, but here it is. If the pubs are open and you cant fly off on hols? Come sailing in Cornwall.

19th – 24th April

Plymouth start and finish. Short passages, lots of manoeuvring. Only two places left

3rd – 8th May

Plymouth start and finish. Same as above.

8th – 18th May.

9 nights. Plymouth – Channel Islands – Dover.
In May you can smell the wild flowers of Sark from miles away! Big tides and lots of traffic. Open to all, but particularly suit Coastal skip or mile builders. Exam preps and exams possible. 2 places left

More to come!

lots of canvas

We are heading east for our adventure sailing this year.

En route, we will pass through the Dutch and German Frisian Islands. Then through the Kiel canal into the Baltic sea, to sail North East to the Swedish Archipelago.

One way courses heading east. Join us for seven or ten days – you choose.
We’ll be taking in the Dutch and German Frisian Islands – Erskine Childers country – followed by a trip through the Kiel Canal.

Once through the canal we head NE towards the Swedish Islands through the Danish Archipelago

19th – 29th May

Dover – Norddeich ( flights home from Bremen)

9 nights. After a familiarisation day we sail for Den Helder. A passage of some 160 miles through one of the busiest shipping german withyroutes in the world. ( There won’t be much sleep!) Worth it though to make land fall on Vlieland – a beautiful sandy holiday island.
From there it gets tricky. The Frisians are shallow and very tidal. Every day needs careful passage planning to get through the gats

and over the tidal flats. Every Island is different in so many ways, from transport to Language. Navigation is by “sticks in the mud” Wonderful stuff! 2 Places left

30th May – 6th June

CIMG2498Norddeich – Kiel. (Fly to Bremen)

7 nights. East through the Islands of Norderney, Langeoog, Wangerooge then into the Elbe estuary to the canal entrance at Brunsbuttel. Two days spent in the canal as we must visit Rendsburg! We may arrive in Kiel early and if so we can lock out and give you a taste of the Baltic.

Here’s a thing. It less saline so our draft changes. Yes we get deeper. Gotta watch out as its shallow enough already. 3 places left

7th – 21st June

Kiel to Stockholm Archipelago

Yes 14 nights, but there’s a lot to see! You can jump off earlier if you want to but you will have to sort your travel from wherever we are.

windmill and danish flag

The plan is to cruise the Danish Islands  to eat some eels and shoot some bridges.

“Beyond there be dragons” ( Ive never been)

We move slowly North East exploring the Swedish coastline and the myriad of Islands.


I have only seen the West coast of Sweden and can tell you it is stunningly unspoiled and pristine. Weird parking practice though. As per Norway we just come alongside the rocks!

So I’m sharpening my pitons and hunting down my old climbing chocks for mooring and sorting a good system for stern anchoring. 2 Places left

These trips are happening in reverse from :-

28th June – 23rd July. Stockholm – Kiel

We sail from Stockholm back to Kiel by what ever route suits!? We will certainly take in Gotland with a visit to Visby. This was a center of trade in the Hanseatic area and loads of Viking stuff!

I’d love to go back Rugen in old East Germany. Haven’t sailed there since 1992. I hope its still as unspoiled. Its torturous nav though. Got to have our wits about us.

That’s nearly a month. You can join us for any of it. Just call and we’ll work it out.

23rd July – 15th August

Kiel – Dover

We head back through the canal and into the Frisian Islands.

If weather gods are not with us this could be a long trip with a lot of exploring ashore, but hey that’s what Erskine did. We move when we can in sailing. We have plenty of time and its a great area. Very much suited to Yachtmaster prep with lots of tidal planning, intricate pilotage and weather routing strategy.  I can organise exams on our return to the UK. ( Ramsgate )

Within this period we have 3 places left from 23rd July through 1st August, only one place left from 1st – 8th August and 3 places from 8th – 15th

Early September

We head west for Plymouth. Normal service resumed with shorter courses if you need them.

5 days or mini cat fam courses along the way.

Old stuff under here.



Yes. that too. Gotta be done


Close quarters sailing skills  – a big part of what we do


Warping the Cat alongside












Sark at anchor

Havre Goslin on Sark in Channel Islands


now you don't see those every day

Now you don’t see these every day.












youre smiling like the Dolphin

“You’re smiling like the Dolphin” Channel Islands









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  Isle of Man, Menai Strait ( 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 rarely or never seen before!

2013 Spain adventure

Top Cat’s 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 eventually got herself 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!

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