Rival Sailing is a recognised RYA training centre based at James Watt Dock Marina, Greenock (Firth of Clyde) and operated by RYA Principal and Chief Instructor Sam Paterson.

Sam is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor for Sail with commercial endorsement. He is also co-owner of sail training yacht East End Endeavour. Having first sailed on EEE aged 15, Sam is now dedicated to providing rewarding sailing opportunities to beginners and enthusiasts alike. Find out more about our history.

Rival 41C East End Endeavour is renowned as a safe and successful sail training boat. Launched in the River Clyde in 1982, East End Endeavour has a proud history. She has provided unforgettable sailing experiences to thousands of young people, groups and keen sailors. Read crew feedback and stories

Rival Sailing delivers accredited RYA Sail Cruising courses, from Start Yachting to Yachtmaster preparation. We also provide informal sailing activities to suit everyone. Choose from day taster sails, holiday cruises, mile-builder passages and sailing tuition. All courses and activities are skippered by Sam or another experienced RYA certified skipper, who’ll instruct and look after you aboard East End Endeavour.

Sam is also Development Director of East End Endeavour Ltd, a not-for-profit company. EEE Ltd was set up to keep the inclusive ethos of the boat alive and delivers subsidised Sail Challenges to young people from disadvantaged areas of Scotland. Sam holds a PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme) certificate. Accredited courses can be delivered through Rival Sailing RYA training centre.