WHERE IS ABLE2SAIL LOCATED?
able2sail is located Inverkip Marina, Inverkip PA16 0AW which is approximately a 1-hour drive from Glasgow.
More details of how to reach Inverkip Marina by road and by rail can be found at https://www.kipmarina.co.uk/location-map/ (please note the station is a good 20-minute walk via a very steep road).
Upon arrival at Inverkip Marina please follow signs for the Chartroom Restaurant (red roofed building) and park in the main car park. Volunteers from able2sail will meet you at the gate (pictured below) which leads to the pontoons.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
You will have been told whether you are joining for a morning, afternoon or all-day session (if you are unsure, please contact us in advance to check).
Morning session – please arrive at 9.30 a.m. for a 12.30 p.m. finish
Afternoon session – please arrive at 1.30 p.m. for a 4.30 p.m. finish
All-day session – please arrive at 09.30 a.m. for a 4.30 p.m. finish
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Waterproof trousers, jackets and all safety equipment (including lifejackets) will be provided.
You should bring:
- Any medication required for the period you will be away (plus spare).
- Warm clothing (many layers are best). Spare items never go amiss- even in sunny weather it can be cold at sea.
- Soft non-marking soles on shoes or waterproof boots.
- Warm hat, gloves, sunhat, sunglasses.
- Sun cream.
- Seasickness pills- check with your pharmacist to decide on the best brand, especially if you are taking other medication.
- Personal belongings such as camera, phone*
Please pack all of the above in to a soft hold all type of bag.
*Please note that you are responsible for the safe use, storage and security of your personal equipment. able2sail cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to personal equipment.
WILL FOOD BE PROVIDED?
Light refreshments (tea, coffee, water, juice and snacks) will be available during your trip but lunch will not be provided.
You are very welcome to bring extra food and drink although please note that alcohol is not allowed aboard the yacht.
IS THERE A TOILET ON BOARD?
Yes – there are actually two and they work just like a normal toilet!
Toilets are also available ashore at Inverkip (including accessible facilities), please ask the volunteers and they will direct you to these.
WHAT ABOUT COVID-19?
Cleaning – able2sail has implemented a comprehensive cleaning routine with the yacht being cleaned between sails and participant groups.
Testing – able2sail is requesting that all adult participants complete a lateral flow test (available free of charge from the Government) prior to attending, where this is not possible (including for medical reasons) we would ask that the skipper is notified upon arrival.
Social distancing – able2sail is operating social distancing practices aboard the yacht as much as possible (noting that space constraints mean that on occasion it will not be possible to maintain 2m distance). Masks will also be worn by crew members and participants (except where a medical exemption applies) when accessing the below deck area of the yacht (e.g. for using the toilet).
Full details of our Covid-19 procedures can be viewed on our website at https://www.able2sail.org.uk/policies.