Coast and Waters 2020 – Up Date 6th January 2019 With the year of Coast and Waters 2020 just around the corner we thought we would bring you up to date with what plans we have already put in place so that you can start some early planning. Two events have been put forward and we think they tick all the boxes, in terms of fun on the water and a fair bit of socialising ashore.
Clyde Coast Event
The first event will run over the bank holiday weekend and continue to the following weekend 23rd – 29th of May 2020. The format will be musters dotted around the Clyde Coast focusing on cruising to each designated location dependent of the weather. Depending on the numbers and vessel types taking part we will cruise to a location such as a Hotel situated on the water side for lunch or beach for an impromptu BBQ where anchoring will be encouraged before setting sail again to an overnight in a pre-arranged marina stop over. We are looking at opening this up to as many yachts – motor vessels – and other means of water transport, a true festival of sails and celebration of boating. As usual the evenings will consist of quality entertainment as per SCS previous events. The second part of the event from the Tuesday morning will see the fleet set off on a leisurely cruise through the Kyles of Bute with a lunch time stop over utilising the Tighnabruich landing jetty in the centre of the village. After lunch depending on numbers cruise to Lochranza on Arran or Portavadie Marina. This part of the week will focus on Food and Drink round Loch Fyne with weather options of Tarbert and Portavadie but the challenge will be to visit the various shore side restaurants and hotels that dot the coast on the way to the head of the loch and Inveraray town – Castle visit etc and Strachur landing pontoons making our way to the head of the loch for an overnight muster close to Loch Fyne Oysters – Loch Fyne Ale’s and the Stage Coach Hotel, Cairndow. Whilst many have sailed on Loch Fyne few have sailed to the head of the loch which also offers sheltered shores and spectacular scenery.
West Coast Event
The second event will take place over a three-week period 25th July – 16th of August The event will focus on cruising the west coast following a Food and Drink trail including Whisky – Gin – Sea Food trails. The focus as we said is on cruising and social musters. The three-week period is to allow as many as possible to “Dip in and Dip out” of the event as part of their sailing holiday on the West Coast. For example, the thoughts are, fixed muster dates for whisky distilleries and seafood locations so if you only have time to join the event for a week you will be able to join at these fixed events and as we say dip in for a few days then go away and do your own thing for a few days and dip back in when it suits you. The event is envisaged as starting at Campbeltown Marina and taking in Gigha – Islay – Jura – Mull – Small Islands – Rhum – Muck – Eigg and Canna – Oban a true immersion of the best of the west coast in every way. We want to make it as easy as possible for anyone that wants to join in the fun and pick and choose what parts of the event you take part in and for how long. West Highland Yachting Week is on usually over the first weekend in August so if you are of the racing notion you could cruise either side of the week and compete in the West Highland Yachting Week as part of your west coast experience. So lots of focus on cruising in company and plenty of social musters throughout the event. This is by far the biggest event CSCS has planned and after twelve successful events that have included a total of six hundred entries and a very healthy average of circa 50 per event we are really looking forward to seeing how this develops as the months roll on. Don’t forget to join “Club Sailing Cruising Scotland” on Face Book and join over 8,000 online members enjoying every aspect of sailing (Free to Join) and also keep up to date at The event web site www.coastandwaters2020.co.uk
The Legacy of our 2020 Event
If there is a point of doing something, then do it right, but make it a good one. Our point will be to set down two identifiable sailing and cruising areas on the west coast. The first being the inner routes that include everything in the Clyde to Campbelltown – the head of Lochgoilhead and Arrochar at the top of Loch Long and as far as the top of the Gairloch and right up to the head of Loch Fyne. The second will be the west coast after rounding the Mull of Kintyre and up to the Orkney islands and including as far out as the Outer Hebrides. These routes have already been established and sign posting infrastructure and facilities as part of Sailing Scotland’s regional marine tourism groups which have now been established for over two years and contains an immense amount of data related to the areas. With the continuing growth of Club Sailing and Cruising Scotland on the East coast it will obviously follow that events will be developed as part of Coast and Waters 2020 and will be able to be supported in the same way with the already established Northern and East Coast Marine Tourism Group covering from Orkney right down the East Coast. These regional web sites allow any business that wishes to tap into Marine Tourism in their area to list their business FREE in the directory with a link back directly to their own web site. Another feature which has worked over the last two years is the “Destinations Page” which lists all coastal tourism marking groups in each of the respective areas to help with finding local information if going ashore in the area, this feature covers all Scotland.
During 2019 we are organising a Flotilla to Glasgow City Centre from James Watt Dock Marina on the 2nd May Bank Holiday weekend (Fri 25th – Mon 28th). This will act as a practise for a re run in 2020 so keep the date.
Editors Notes Club Sailing Cruising Scotland along with Sailing Scotland have been working to reform Marine Tourism in Scotland It believes that people actually drive growth on and off the water. This is backed by the massive growth on line and more importantly the engagement that the boating fraternity brings to the groups making them the most engaged in Scotland and beyond.
Typical the past sixty days stats show just over 5000 visitors from just the top 10 countries – 820 posts 8083 comments and 27k reactions and over 6599 active members in the last 60 days. Both Club Sailing and Cruising Scotland and Sailing Scotland have grown organically and free from any need for public funding or indeed support. Both organisations are membership free and all eleven events have been free to enter. We are proud of these facts and seek to change and reform the marine tourism industry by listening to what the actual sailors wish to see how their sport – pass time develops.