The information on this page gives you a general overview of the sailing sessions run by the 29th Glasgow Scout Group, and also has answers to a few common Q&As and a general kit list for the activity.

If you have a specific question about the activity, then please either speak to their section leader or email

The 29th Glasgow Scout Group offer sailing to its members from Easter until the end of October each year. The sailing sessions are run out of Largs Yacht Haven, where we are members of Largs Sailing Club.

The sessions are open to anyone Scout age and above, who either can sail or are interested in learning to sail.

RYA sailing courses can be organised when there’s sufficient demand.

Sailing questions and answers

Sailing is open to any Scout, Explorer Scout and Explorer Sea Scout.

No previous sailing experience is required, however the number of complete beginners is limited in each session.

The majority of the 29th Glasgow’s sailing is undertaken at Largs, where we are members of Largs Sailing Club. Other venues may be arranged.

The cost for sailing is £15 per day.

This is a small contribution towards the costs of providing transport, safety boat fuel, insurance and the maintainance of the equipment.

Please check the online booking system for all available sailing dates. There are only a limited number of places each day, so please make sure you book a space.

Book sailing

We meet at 10am at the Scout Halls on the day of sailing, returning at around 7.30pm. Arrival times back at the halls can vary, so the normal practice is for the sailors to phone home once we have left Largs.

All sessions are run under the supervision of one of the 29th Glasgow Scout Groups RYA Senior Instructors with the help of other RYA Dinghy Instructors,RYA Powerboat Instructors, Skills Instructors and Leaders.

The Explorer Sea Scouts may also assist with the training of some of the beginners.

The majority of the time we will be using the Scout minibus to travel to and from Largs. On the few occassions the bus is in use by other sections, parents will be asked to assist with transport.

Covid-19 restrictions

Participants will be advised prior to the sailing day whether there is any Covid-19 measures in place for travelling in the minibus.

What kit do I need to bring with me?

We recommend that you bring with you the items listed each time you come sailing. Please bring the appropriate clothing for the weather condtions.

The Scout Group has a small selection of wetsuits and spray tops which can be borrowed each day, if you have your own please bring it.

You will be provided with a bouyancy aid.

  • A full change of clothes
  • A towel
  • A pair of shoes that can get wet or wellies if you will be a Wayfarer.
  • Waterproofs
  • Warm clothes
  • Swimming costume
  • A wetsuit, if you have one and are intending sailing a Topper or the RS Feva
  • A pair of shorts
  • Packed lunch and a drink
  • Sun protection – Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • A little spending money if you want to get chips on the way home!

Sunny weather - take extra care afloat

Sun graphic

It’s not always cold and wet in Scotland, when it is a hot summer’s day please be extra careful when spending the day at Largs. You will burn far quicker on the water as the sun is reflected off the water.

We ask that you:

  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of fluids
  • Wear sunscreen – re-apply throughout the day
  • Protect your eyes – consider wearing sun glasses
  • Cover up
  • If you feel unwell, please tell one of the Leaders.

Our training fleet

Our dinghies

  • 2 x Wayfarers
  • 6 x Toppers
  • 3 x RS Feva XLs
  • 1 x RS 500

Our powerboats

  • 5.5m RIB with 70hp 4-stroke engine
  • 4.7m RIB with 60hp 4-stroke engine
  • Dory with 40hp 2-stroke engine
Scouts sailing, Largs
Toppers and Feva