Frequently Asked Questions about sailing with Go West Sailing
Who is Go West Sailing?
We are an RYA recognised training centre based in Scotland.
Where are we located?
Our practical courses are run from beautiful Largs Yacht Haven, Irvine Road, Largs, KA30 8EZ
Who are our instructors?
All of our instructors are certified by the RYA, with many years of experience.
How can I pay?
Please use our booking system, or alternatively please bank transfer to Santander, Sort Code: 09-01-29 and Account Number: 16333684 and use your name as a reference.
What is included in the price of a practical course?
We are proud to offer our courses on an all onboard expenses inclusive basis. We provide all onboard meals and snacks, fuel, gas and harbour fees. It is normal for the crew to eat out a couple of times a week during RYA or adventure sails.
What is not included in price?
Optional extras are oil skin hire and meals or activities onshore. If you are doing a RYA course then you should bring your RYA logbook.
What is included in the price of a shorebased course?
Upon arrival in the classroom, or through the post if you are a Zoom student, we will supply you with your Student Pack. The contents of the pack will vary depending on the course. Items that will not be included in the pack, but which you should bring with you are: pen/pencil, eraser, notepaper and, most importantly, dividers and a (plastic) chart plotter. If you do not have dividers and a plotter we recommend an online supplier or chandler. We can supply these items but we do need to receive your order when you book the course. Although we do not supply lunch, we do have kitchen (microwave oven and sink) facilities. We do have tea/coffee available.
Can children come sailing?
Minors are welcome if accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone. Our policy on young people is available on request.
What should I bring with me?
Please bring your own sleeping bag and pillow as the weather in Scotland varies. You will also need:
- Warm, waterproof clothing
- Wet weather, non-slip shoes for on deck with white soles
- Shoes for on shore
- Warm layered clothing
There are a few other things to consider, such as:
- Mosquito repellent
- Sun cream
- Lip balm
- Flip flops
- Sun hat
- Any medicine required
Sailing gloves are highly recommended.
Which course is for me?
Do I need to be fit?
Sailing is a physical activity requiring reasonable fitness and strength. If you are unsure please call or email for advice. You can also contact your medical practitioner if you require guidance.
Can you accommodate my dietary requirement?
We can accommodate most dietary requirements. Please contact us for advice at your earliest opportunity.
When do courses usually start and finish?
Most of our courses start in Largs on Sunday evening at 19.00 and finish on Friday at 15.00.
Do I need a passport size picture?
Yes, for all skippers courses you will need to bring a passport size picture.