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    Posted: 23 Sep 08 at 5:59pm
Hi,

I am looking for a family watersports holiday where we can learn to sail dinghies (and enjoy other watersports).  Basically the sort of thing that SunSail, Mark Warner Neilson, etc. seem to do so well.  However family circumstances mean that we will be have to go at the end of August 2009, and all these operators seem to concentrate on places that are too hot for me, e.g. Greece / Turkey / etc.

Does anyone know any cooler destinations for such holidays?

I'm happy to stay in the UK, or go to France / North Italy / Scandinavia, etc.
If in the UK, are any RYA training places particularly good for holidays?
If abroad then I would prefer a package rather than the hassle of sorting out too much stuff locally.

Thanks for any suggestions,

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There is Loch Ken in Galloway, Scotland?

Also Cumbrae?
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I'd suggest the Island Crusing Club in Salcombe

I have worked for them in the past and still think that the organisation is great and a beautiful location, have a look at the web site http://www.icc-salcombe.co.uk/
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Originally posted by foaminatthedeck

I'd suggest the Island Crusing Club in Salcombe

I have worked for them in the past and still think that the organisation is great and a beautiful location, have a look at the web site http://www.icc-salcombe.co.uk/


I have worked there too, it's a beautiful part of the world. Good river and sea sailing, with a lovely town too, lots of food, pubs and other things to do as well.
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Tighnabruaich Sailing School in Argyll - fantastic location and really good instruction (at least it was a few years ago when my son had lessons there...)
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Osprey 1245 "Two Bob Bit"
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I have heard good things about ICC.
The RYA chose the centre to film their DVD's they launched recently.


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For the UK, it might help to know approximately where you live- as I'm guessing if you want to do the whole "holiday" part you'd rather not be somewhere on your doorstep. Also, how hot is "too hot"?

My recommendation (though based on working for them in the past, rather than from a client experience) would be Rockley Watersports- either their base in Poole (lots of traditional British seaside holiday stuff to be found in Dorset) or South West France- the centres are between Bordeaux and Biarritz, on lakes just a few miles from the Atlantic coast. Can still get pretty warm during the day (high thirties) but usually cools off at night (low teens).
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another vote for the icc
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pewat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Sep 08 at 8:48am
Hi,
Thanks for the suggestions  -  ICC at Salcombe and Rockley Watersports look worth investigating further.

I have also spotted a "family sailing" week at Plas Menai in North Wales  -  has anybody been there?

I live in NW England, and ideally I would like a bit of sunshine, but not the Mediterranean in August.  I have suffered with heat exhaustion when walking and kayaking in this country on hot days, so I don't want to risk ruining an active holiday.  In a couple of years I might be able to get away for an October half-term break - so could then look at Sunsail etc.

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I haven't been but other half has to Plas Menai. It is a great centre but does have strong tidal currants running through the Menai Straits.

The centre itself is excellent and she would return there again.

I know James (AKA Ratface) worked for Rockley last year in France, he could give you more information as to what the company is like and the holidays etc.

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