Sailing experiences

We offer two types of experiences – Marina and on the River.  We can take groups up to 3 people.  Minors 10 – 14 years of age and vulnerable adults MUST be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other chaperone.  Anyone under 18 years of age requires parental or guardian consent to participate in a sailing experience.  All participants will be required to sign a good conduct undertaking.  Details of both will be supplied upon application.  Guillemot Trust reserves the right to withdraw an offer of or curtail an experience to an individual it deems to be unsuitable to undertake the activity.

Clients should arrive at the marina at the appointed time, as any lateness ‘eats into’ the experience time – the return to the berth cannot be extended in the event of a late arrival.

Marina experiences are very much suited to anyone who might have a fear of the open river and the blustery conditions out there, or who just feel they want a gentle introduction to being on the water.   Generally we spend two hours or so cruising around the marina, to give some experience in basic boat handing.  We usually do a man-overboard drill and if the conditions are right we use our special dispensation to hoist the foresail so that you get some experience of sailing under wind power.

For river experiences (single tide), we exit the marina via Brunswick lock and sail out on the Mersey’s incoming tide.  Depending upon the wind conditions we sail using just the foresail or with foresail and mainsail.  Depending upon your tolerance of ‘excitement’ you might find your self criss-crossing the river at racing speeds under a 35 degree list or otherwise quietly bobbing along on the slackening incoming tide.  You then return to the marina via the lock just before high tide.  The experience should be complete about 30 minutes after returning to the marina (not later than high tide).

Two-Tide river experiences, are also available for those who have previous of sailing and are looking for something a little more adventurous.  These are longs days out on the River Mersey estuary, sailing up to New Brighton and possibly further depending on prevailing conditions.  The experience goes on out the morning tide and returns on the evening tide, offering between 9 and 10-and-a-half hours out on the river depending on tide height.  Consequently there are not that many days in a year on which these events can be offered.  These are usually a very early morning start with no means of an early return to the marina, so remember to bring a hearty packed lunch and hot / cold drinks to last the full day.

Note: Late arrival for a two-tide experience will mean that the whole day is cancelled, as these are scheduled to catch the last lock slot on the morning tide.

Book a marina experience

These can be run at nearly any time, please just contact the coordinator with your ideal date and time.

Book a river experience

Date and time are completely dictated by the tide, sunrise, sunset and the weather.  River experiences are only available on those days where high water(s) occurs within our operating protocols.  River experiences are subject to cancellation at short notice if weather conditions are unsuitable; in some circumstances an in-marina experience might be offered instead.  The calendar below lists viable dates for a river experience.  If you want to enquire about booking one of these dates, please send an email to the coordinator, referencing the trip number (R-yyddmm or T-yyddmm). Open the event and click “Read more” for full details of the activity times and location.

Feb
1
Thu
R-180201
Feb 1 @ 8:30 am – 12:15 pm
R-180201

Sunrise: 07:57
HW: 11:42 @ 10.1m

Crew start: 08:00
Client start: 08:30
Lock out: 09:12 (earliest)
Lock in: 11:12 (latest)
River time: 02:00 (maximum)
Client end: 12:15
Crew end: 12:45

Sunset: 16:54

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Feb
2
Fri
R-180202
Feb 2 @ 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
R-180202

Sunrise: 07:55
HW: 12:29 @ 10.1m

Crew start: 08:45
Client start: 09:15
Lock out: 09:59 (earliest)
Lock in: 11:59 (latest)
River time: 02:00 (maximum)
Client end: 13:00
Crew end: 13:30

Sunset: 16:56

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Feb
3
Sat
R-180203
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 1:45 pm
R-180203

Sunrise: 07:53
HW: 13:14 @ 10.1m

Crew start: 09:30
Client start: 10:00
Lock out: 10:44 (earliest)
Lock in: 12:44 (latest)
River time: 02:00 (maximum)
Client end: 13:45
Crew end: 14:15

Sunset: 16:58

Provisionally reserved for UKNBSA
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Feb
4
Sun
R-180204
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
R-180204

Sunrise: 07:51
HW: 13:58 @ 9.8m

Crew start: 10:30
Client start: 11:00
Lock out: 11:31 (earliest)
Lock in: 13:28 (latest)
River time: 01:57 (maximum)
Client end: 14:30
Crew end: 15:00

Sunset: 17:00

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Feb
5
Mon
R-180205
Feb 5 @ 11:45 am – 3:15 pm
R-180205

Sunrise: 07:50
HW: 14:40 @ 9.4m

Crew start: 11:15
Client start: 11:45
Lock out: 12:17 (earliest)
Lock in: 14:10 (latest)
River time: 01:53 (maximum)
Client end: 15:15
Crew end: 15:45

Sunset: 17:02

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Feb
6
Tue
R-180206
Feb 6 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
R-180206

Sunrise: 07:48
HW: 15:23 @ 8.8m

Crew start: 12:00
Client start: 12:30
Lock out: 13:06 (earliest)
Lock in: 14:53 (latest)
River time: 01:47 (maximum)
Client end: 16:00
Crew end: 16:30

Sunset: 17:04

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Feb
16
Fri
R-180216
Feb 16 @ 8:45 am – 12:30 pm
R-180216

Sunrise: 07:28
HW: 11:45 @ 9.2m

Crew start: 08:15
Client start: 08:45
Lock out: 09:23 (earliest)
Lock in: 11:15 (latest)
River time: 01:52 (maximum)
Client end: 12:30
Crew end: 13:00

Sunset: 17:24

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Feb
17
Sat
R-180217
Feb 17 @ 9:15 am – 1:00 pm
R-180217

Sunrise: 07:26
HW: 12:19 @ 9.3m

Crew start: 08:45
Client start: 09:15
Lock out: 09:56 (earliest)
Lock in: 11:49 (latest)
River time: 01:53 (maximum)
Client end: 13:00
Crew end: 13:30

Sunset: 17:26

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Feb
18
Sun
R-180218
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
R-180218

Sunrise: 07:24
HW: 12:53 @ 9.3m

Crew start: 09:30
Client start: 10:00
Lock out: 10:30 (earliest)
Lock in: 12:23 (latest)
River time: 01:53 (maximum)
Client end: 13:30
Crew end: 14:00

Sunset: 17:28

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Feb
19
Mon
R-180219
Feb 19 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
R-180219

Sunrise: 07:22
HW: 13:28 @ 9.3m

Crew start: 10:00
Client start: 10:30
Lock out: 11:05 (earliest)
Lock in: 12:58 (latest)
River time: 01:53 (maximum)
Client end: 14:00
Crew end: 14:30

Sunset: 17:30

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Feb
20
Tue
R-180220
Feb 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:45 pm
R-180220

Sunrise: 07:20
HW: 14:06 @ 9.3m

Crew start: 10:30
Client start: 11:00
Lock out: 11:43 (earliest)
Lock in: 13:36 (latest)
River time: 01:53 (maximum)
Client end: 14:45
Crew end: 15:15

Sunset: 17:32

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Feb
21
Wed
R-180221
Feb 21 @ 11:45 am – 3:30 pm
R-180221

Sunrise: 07:18
HW: 14:46 @ 9.1m

Crew start: 11:15
Client start: 11:45
Lock out: 12:25 (earliest)
Lock in: 14:16 (latest)
River time: 01:51 (maximum)
Client end: 15:30
Crew end: 16:00

Sunset: 17:34

Provisionally reserved for UKNBSA
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Feb
22
Thu
R-180222
Feb 22 @ 12:45 pm – 4:15 pm
R-180222

Sunrise: 07:15
HW: 15:33 @ 8.7m

Crew start: 12:15
Client start: 12:45
Lock out: 13:17 (earliest)
Lock in: 15:03 (latest)
River time: 01:46 (maximum)
Client end: 16:15
Crew end: 16:45

Sunset: 17:36

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Feb
23
Fri
R-180223
Feb 23 @ 1:45 pm – 5:00 pm
R-180223

Sunrise: 07:13
HW: 16:29 @ 8.3m

Crew start: 13:15
Client start: 13:45
Lock out: 14:21 (earliest)
Lock in: 15:59 (latest)
River time: 01:38 (maximum)
Client end: 17:00
Crew end: 17:30

Sunset: 17:38

Provisionally reserved for UKNBSA
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Mar
3
Sat
R-180303
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:45 pm
R-180303

Sunrise: 06:55
HW: 12:10 @ 10.1m

Crew start: 08:30
Client start: 09:00
Lock out: 09:40 (earliest)
Lock in: 11:40 (latest)
River time: 02:00 (maximum)
Client end: 12:45
Crew end: 13:15

Sunset: 17:53

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Mar
4
Sun
R-180304
Mar 4 @ 9:45 am – 1:30 pm
R-180304

Sunrise: 06:53
HW: 12:52 @ 10m

Crew start: 09:15
Client start: 09:45
Lock out: 10:23 (earliest)
Lock in: 12:22 (latest)
River time: 01:59 (maximum)
Client end: 13:30
Crew end: 14:00

Sunset: 17:55

Provisionally reserved for UKNBSA
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Mar
5
Mon
R-180305
Mar 5 @ 10:30 am – 2:15 pm
R-180305

Sunrise: 06:50
HW: 13:31 @ 9.7m

Crew start: 10:00
Client start: 10:30
Lock out: 11:04 (earliest)
Lock in: 13:01 (latest)
River time: 01:57 (maximum)
Client end: 14:15
Crew end: 14:45

Sunset: 17:57

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Mar
6
Tue
R-180306
Mar 6 @ 11:15 am – 2:45 pm
R-180306

Sunrise: 06:48
HW: 14:09 @ 9.3m

Crew start: 10:45
Client start: 11:15
Lock out: 11:46 (earliest)
Lock in: 13:39 (latest)
River time: 01:53 (maximum)
Client end: 14:45
Crew end: 15:15

Sunset: 17:59

Provisionally reserved for UKNBSA
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Mar
7
Wed
R-180307
Mar 7 @ 11:45 am – 3:30 pm
R-180307

Sunrise: 06:46
HW: 14:46 @ 8.8m

Crew start: 11:15
Client start: 11:45
Lock out: 12:29 (earliest)
Lock in: 14:16 (latest)
River time: 01:47 (maximum)
Client end: 15:30
Crew end: 16:00

Sunset: 18:01

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Mar
8
Thu
R-180308
Mar 8 @ 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm
R-180308

Sunrise: 06:43
HW: 15:26 @ 8.2m

Crew start: 12:15
Client start: 12:45
Lock out: 13:20 (earliest)
Lock in: 14:56 (latest)
River time: 01:36 (maximum)
Client end: 16:00
Crew end: 16:30

Sunset: 18:03

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River sailing event details are derived from data supplied by United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service.