Sailing course dates

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

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Mago Merlino is back on the water! Shaking down at present but  We are available for short courses from 4th March. Or own boat tuition or consultancy anywhere any time.


Dates for 2019


 31st March – 5th. Local Cornish trip

That’s the day the clocks change but I wouldn’t expect summer time just yet! However we will have some proper weather to learn from. Only one place left

21st – 26th April

Plymouth start and finish. Cornish peninsula.



May will take us South West down to Penzance then North to the Clyde.

May 5th – 10th


May bank holiday week and fantastic Cornish Granite once we get to the  Lizard. Might even make the Isles of  Scilly if the weather perfect? Sorry full

May 13th – 17th


Mileage trip up to Ardrossan ( Clyde) from Penzance. No RYA courses on this one, but build those miles. Quite a hike so you need to allow the possibility of 18th as well in case we get delayed.

May 23rd – 26th

Sorry full

May 26th – 31st

All  courses available on this one. Around the Beautiful sheltered waters of the Firth of Clyde Islands.

June 2nd – 9th


Fingals cave

Largs up to Badachro (Gairloch) Cruising through the Hebrides.  Suit Coastal skips or mile builders. Or folk who would like to see the Beautiful Islands of Scotland. Fly home from Inverness.

June and beyond?

Heading north Inner and outer Hebrides. Give me a call! I suspect :-

30th – 7th July

Badaccro ( Gairloch) via Skye, Mull and Harris the Uist’s and Barra. Finish Oban

7th – 14th July

Oban –  Belfast. Cruising south through the Inner Hebrides. Gota stop in Islay!   then to Northern Ireland.


There will be another mileage trip south to Penzance, but not sure of dates yet. Ask!

4th – 9th or 11th – 16th August?

Back to the Scillies! from Penzance. All courses available on these.



Yes. that too. Gota be done











Close quarters sailing skills a big part of what we do



Warping the Cat alongside

“Screeching” into Fingals cave on Staffa this summer















Sark at anchor

Harve Goslin on Sark in Channel Islands


now you don't see those every day

now you don’t see those 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  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!

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