2024 Scottish Rally

We will be sailing in some beautiful areas of Scotland that will prove to be challenging at times for all of us. For those of you not having been that far north before, we have chosen this area as it provides a sheltered area for cruising, this is combined with very little tidal streams, affecting our cruise. There are not many areas of the country providing this level of shelter, the month of May can be unpredictable however if you look at the charts you will see that there are many options of ports and sheltered areas along the way. The west coast of Scotland provides for a beautiful area of cruising and we may circumnavigate Isles of Bute and possibly Arran as an extension cruise. The kyles of Bute are beautiful and a local sailor said I must sail in the area of Tighnabruaich, so let’s go. The Cape Cutter is a very capable boat for this trip however we will need to reef whilst under sail and upon occasions shut all hatches including putting the boards in and closing the hatch. To provide a high level of comfort we are using Marinas however we will need to get ashore at one location using tenders.

Nature is amazing too as we have seen porpoise and dolphin and many sea birds along the way. Binoculars and photography will be used a lot by many this year we are likely to see submarines and at sea that will be a first for us.

This year Ian and Cath Brett based at Hollowell sailing club in the midlands have prepared this plan, with the support of the members of the Cape Cutter Association.

We have enjoyed several cruises over the years and we hope you have as much fun on this trip as we have in the past.

Scotland sailing plan 2024 Based out of Largs (Yacht Haven) we plan to tour the Firth of Clyde upper reaches.

Thurs 23rd May – Early arrivals Largs Yacht Haven (overnight parking outside the marina available fyi no booking needed)

Fri 24th – Launch and day sail around Great Cumbrae

Sat 25th – Largs Yacht Haven, general arrival, Launch and test sailSun 26th- Rhu Marina – 18 Miles
Mon 27th – Holy Loch Marina (Sandbank) – 8/30 Miles targeting Lochgoilhead
Tue 28th – Tighnabruaich/Kames – Visitor Moorings – 20 Miles
Wed 29th – East Loch Tarbert Loch Fyne – Marina – 13 Miles
Thurs 30th – Port Bannatyne Marina (Rothesay) – 22 Miles
Fri 31st – Largs Yacht Haven Marina – 10/18 Miles targeting Cumbrae Islands circumnavigate or Loch Striven
Saturday – Pull out and return home / restock and make extension cruise plans

Distances – don’t be put off by what looks like short distances, we will be sailing all day and with exploring en route and tacking the sea miles will be high!

There are some days proposed to extend this trip to go to Loch Ranza 1st June, Campbeltown 2nd June, Lamlash/Brodick Bay 3rd June, back to Largs on 4th June.

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