Sailing course dates
Dates for 2019
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? One cancellation place left!
May 11th – 16th
Mileage trip up to Pwllheli north Wales from Penzance. Build those miles. Traffic schemes, the Smalls! Big tidal gates like Jack sound and Bardsey. Great training.
Three days up to Largs non stop so plenty of night hours.
May 23rd – 26th
May 26th – 31st
All courses available on this one. Around the Beautiful sheltered waters of the Firth of Clyde Islands.
I’m having June off sorry, but :-
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 August (only 3 places left)
To the Scillies! from Penzance. All courses available on these, but the Isles of Scilly are beautiful what ever we do. Lands end, traffic seperation scheme, shallow water pilotage. The isles of scilly trip has it all. Finish Penzance
11th – 16th August
Heading home. Penzance, west Cornwall and east to finish Plymouth. Tidal gates, Helford, Falmouth, Fowey, Mevagissey. Wow
25th – 30th August
Plymouth start and finish. All courses available
September courses available
“Screeching” into Fingals cave on Staffa this summer
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!