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.