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Escape the land and become the crew on board Tall Ship Maybe on this hands on practical sailing experience.
Spend 6 nights sailing from Dublin to Greenock,Firth of Clyde. Learn all the skills necessary to sail a traditional gaff rigged sailing boat. By the end of your journey you should be able to steer the ship, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in the day to day duties on board.
There may be opportunities to visit the Isle of Man, the scenic sea loch – Holy Loch and the beautiful Isle of Bute, at just 5 miles wide with sandy beaches, its worth the walk for tea and cake at Ettrick Bay!
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If you would like to book a place on this voyage, please leave your details and someone will get back to you to provide booking information.
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights describe, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. If the following voyage description is not fulfilled for any reason, Maybe Sailing and Maybe Sailing Youth Initiative cannot be held responsible.
During this trip we want you to develop a love of sailing, and the best way to make a start on any boat is to feel you are a vital and competent part of the crew. We will teach you the seamanship skills of steering, setting sails, reefing, and tying knots with conviction!
There is a whole new language to learn and by the end of the week you won’t be fazed by terms like sheet, fender, windlass or ‘bear away’ and all the things that make going on board a sailing vessel a bit bewildering and intimidating.
None. You can be a complete beginner that has never stepped on a boat before.
It is also good for those who have done a bit of yacht, keelboat or dinghy sailing and want to be sure they have the basics to sail bigger boats where you can go cruising and live on board.
Skills that you will cherish:
Knowledge of sea terms and parts of the boat, her rigging and sails.
Sufficient knowledge to understand orders concerning the sailing and day to day running of the boat.
Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails. Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches.
Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards. Handling warps. Ability to tie the following knots and know their correct use: figure of eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot.
Helmsmanship and Sailing.
Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing. Can steer a compass course, under sail and motor.