Craobh Haven Water Sports ‘Sailing for Gold’

Craobh Haven Water Sports is a marine tourism business that is certainly ‘Sailing for Gold’ – the title of an introductory dinghy sailing and kayaking course it held yesterday.

They had a dozen or so children and adults turn up to go on the water to try a range of aquatic sports, have a barbeque and get their first taste of competitive dinghy sailing – for £15.00 all in.

Owner instructors, Mark Hampton and Helen Buchanan – and their well qualified team demonstrated their usual professionalism in the care, focus and precision with which everything was done – and we understand from a qualified observer that ‘a heap of fun was had by all’.

Mike Story from Argyll and the Isles Tourism paid the event a visit and says:

‘I was amazed at how skilful and competitive the juniors were by the end of the day -  and the adults certainly made short work of the home baking’.

This shows what’s possible in building a confident, safe, skilful and competitive engagement for Argyll’s young folk with water sports in and on the waters that surround us.

It remains incredible that in a place so rich and varied in its waters, that one sees so relatively few people on it. How many of Argyll and the Isles’ coastal and lochside village have youngsters who can’t – and will never – sail or paddle?

For the diary – dipping the toes

Next Sunday – 29th August – the team at Craobh Haven Water Sports are holding a Croabh Haven Day as part of the Craingish Arts Festival.

We understand that Mike Story and family will be there for what they expect to be a great day out. That’s the proof of how convincing ‘Sailing for Gold’ was – and underlines the worth of another major player in Argyll’s burgeoning marine tourism sector.

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3 Responses to Craobh Haven Water Sports ‘Sailing for Gold’

  1. ‘It remains incredible that in a place so rich and varied in its waters, that one sees so relatively few people on it. How many of Argyll and the Isles’ coastal and lochside village have youngsters who can’t – and will never – sail or paddle?’

    Are you not aware of the Craignish Boat Club? Take a look at their Facebook page to find out more!

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    • Of course, Simon – and of other clubs. But one – or few swallows…

      Given the number of our coastal villages and the scale of the waters that embrace us, remarkably few people of any age have any experience of living on the water. This is a cultural development to aim for.

      An interesting – and encouraging development, is the quiet growth of communities building a rowing skiff to the design approved by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, aiming to get involved with the competitive community rowing that organisation fosters.

      There are a couple of skiffs already being built in Argyll.

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  2. I am sure that there are costal villages all over Argyll and The Isles offering fantastic watersports opportunities at many different levels. My role, and the role of Argyll and The Isles Tourism is to try to make all of them a little more visible so that all of us, locals and visitors alike can get involved.

    I also get to meet some really brilliant people!

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