FAQ

SAIL IN SCOTLAND – SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES

Q. I really want to try sailing but I’m not sure if I’ll like it. Which sailing activity would be best for me?

A. Day taster sails (full day, half day or evening) are the perfect opportunity for beginners to try out their sea legs. If you want more time to learn the ropes or are looking for an adventurous holiday with family or friends, book a 2 to 5-day charter cruise. All options are skippered by an experienced RYA Certified Skipper who will look after you, make sure you’re comfortable and teach you as much as you want to know in an informal and safe environment.

Q. I’d like to improve my sailing skills but don’t like formal lessons. What are my options?

A. It’s important to note that structured RYA Training and Recognised Qualifications are designed to be fun! Courses like Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper are continually-assessed learn-to-sail holidays rather than formal tests. If you’re not sure which course is best for you, contact us to talk it over. If you’d still rather avoid accredited courses, fear not – we also offer informal sailing tuition and can tailor bookings to focus on the sailing skills you most want to improve.

Q. I’m already into sailing and want to do more. What do you recommend?

A. If you’re looking for an adventurous holiday, book a 7 to 10-day skippered charter cruise, which will give you plenty of time to sail to and explore destinations in the Firth of Clyde and beyond. You might like to consider a bespoke or themed cruise with add-on activities. If you’re really serious about building up your sailing experience and sea miles, join in one of our mile-builder passages for lots of night sailing using a watch system. You could also consider an accredited RYA Sail Cruising course.

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GENERAL SAILING QUERIES

Q. What do I need to bring? I don’t own any sailing gear. 

A. Scottish weather can be unpredictable so it’s best to be prepared for four seasons in one day! We can provide wet weather jackets and salopettes at an additional cost of £7 per day. Life jackets are provided. The key to sailing is travelling as light as possible, but with lots of layers that can be added or removed. Thermal base layers and fleeces are ideal – warm and quick-drying. You’ll also need warm, non-slip footwear, a sleeping bag for overnight sails, sun screen and sunglasses, plus any medication that you may require during the cruise. Please read our What To Bring list for more information.

Q. Will I be safe? What happens if the weather is bad? 

A. In all sailing activities, the comfort and safety of the crew is of top importance. This means that plans can be subject to change if unfavourable weather conditions arise, but in the Firth of Clyde there are plenty of options for sailing in sheltered waters or tying up in a comfortable marina. East End Endeavour is fully equipped with MCA and RYA compliant safety equipment and is renowned as a safe and sturdy vessel, handling well in all weathers. If you’re worried about being seasick or are prone to motion sickness, we recommend taking an anti-seasickness tablet before sailing – but rest assured that all sailing plans are made with your comfort and safety in mind.

Q. I have a medical condition/disability. Will this affect my participation in sailing activities?

A. Not necessarily. Rival Sailing requires all clients to submit a confidential Medical Declaration & Consent Form prior to sailing and it is essential that you mention any medical conditions, allergies and impairments, including those that may affect your ability to sail. However, a medical condition or disability need not be a barrier to sailing – in many cases we’ll be able to safely accommodate your needs. Please contact us to discuss any concerns.

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BOOKING QUERIES

Q. How much do RYA courses and sailing activities cost?

A. You’ll find prices per person and for group bookings listed on each sailing service page. Go to Sailing Services and use the drop-down menu to find costs for RYA Courses, Day Sails, Charter Cruises and Mile-builders. For more details, see our Booking Terms & Conditions.

Q. Where can I find more information about payments and cancellations?

A. We require a 25% deposit of the total fee at the time of booking. Your booking won’t be confirmed until we have been presented with the deposit. The outstanding balance must be paid 28 days before the course or sailing activity start date. For bookings submitted within 28 days of the start date, payment must be made in full at the time of booking. You should find all the information you need about payments, costs, cancellations and refunds in our Booking Terms & Conditions but please contact us if you still have unanswered questions.

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ABOUT RIVAL SAILING

Q. Why should I book with Rival Sailing? 

A. We think there are loads of reasons! As a recognised RYA Training Centre we deliver RYA Sail Cruising courses as well as day sails, charter cruises, mile-builders and informal sailing tuition. There’s a sailing activity to suit everyone, from beginners and families to sailing enthusiasts and salty sea dogs! All sailing courses and activities are led by an experienced RYA certified skipper on board legendary sail training yacht, East End Endeavour – a boat with a great story. Find out more about us and our history here. Still not convinced? Please read the views of some of the lovely people we’ve sailed with on East End Endeavour in crew comments.

Q. What’s the difference between Rival Sailing and East End Endeavour (EEE) Ltd?

A. Rival Sailing is a registered RYA Training Centre, providing accredited RYA practical sailing courses and skippered charters (day sails, holiday cruises and mile-builders) to groups and individuals. East End Endeavour Ltd is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, managed as a social enterprise by a board of trustees. EEE Ltd’s core objective is to deliver Community Sail Challenges on board yacht East End Endeavour to people from disadvantaged areas of Scotland who would be otherwise unable, or unlikely, to experience the rewards of sailing. EEE Ltd delivers subsided services by working in partnership with public and voluntary sector organisations, securing grant funding, and generating income via Corporate Teambuilding Cruises and sponsorship agreements. EEE Ltd also offers RYA accreditation administered by Rival Sailing. Read about our history and visit www.eastendendeavour.org.uk for more details.

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VOLUNTARY, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR QUERIES

Q. I work with a youth organisation/school.  Would a sailing trip on East End Endeavour be suitable?

A. Yes – absolutely. Please visit www.eastendendeavour.org.uk for information about Community Sail Challenge services provided by East End Endeavour Ltd, a not-for-profit social enterprise aimed at delivering subsidised sailing opportunities to schools, young people, groups and individuals from socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

Q. My company’s looking for a challenging team-building opportunity. What can you offer?

A. Rival Sailing encourages companies to book socially responsible Corporate Teambuilding Cruises through East End Endeavour (EEE) Ltd, a non-profit social enterprise aimed at delivering subsidised Community Sail Challenges to schools, young people, groups and individuals. By booking with EEE Ltd your team will reap the rewards of pulling together to become an effective crew, and the profits from your cruise will help deliver subsidised sailing to disadvantaged communities. Please visit www.eastendendeavour.org.uk for more details.