Sailing course dates

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One and two day courses available weeks 17th – 21st September and 9th – 12th October. Own boat tuition any time anywhere.


Dates for 2018



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. sorry full

9th – 12th July.

One or two day cat fam courses available

26th August – 31st

Starts in Brittany.  5 days around the rocks in NW France  with big tides and a cross channel experience to Plymouth. Suit coastal’s or mile builders. This one could be a 7 dayer instead starting 24th so call or email

9th – 14th September

Plymouth start and finish. experience builder rather than RYA course sorry full

23rd – 28th September

Plymouth and Cornwall one place left

14th – 19th October

Plymouth and Cornwall. Two places left and that’s my last course of this year.






Yes. that too. Gota be done




As you can see we don’t just recover the fender! its real at top cat








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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