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.

Apr
19
Thu
R-180419
Apr 19 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
R-180419

Sunrise: 06:03
HW: 14:28 @ 9.5m

Crew start: 11:00
Client start: 11:30
Lock out: 12:04 (earliest)
Lock in: 13:58 (latest)
River time: 01:54 (maximum)
Client end: 15:00
Crew end: 15:30

Sunset: 20:19

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Apr
20
Fri
R-180420
Apr 20 @ 12:15 pm – 3:45 pm
R-180420

Sunrise: 06:01
HW: 15:13 @ 9.2m

Crew start: 11:45
Client start: 12:15
Lock out: 12:51 (earliest)
Lock in: 14:43 (latest)
River time: 01:52 (maximum)
Client end: 15:45
Crew end: 16:15

Sunset: 20:21

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Apr
21
Sat
R-180421
Apr 21 @ 1:15 pm – 4:45 pm
R-180421

Sunrise: 05:59
HW: 16:03 @ 8.7m

Crew start: 12:45
Client start: 13:15
Lock out: 13:47 (earliest)
Lock in: 15:33 (latest)
River time: 01:46 (maximum)
Client end: 16:45
Crew end: 17:15

Sunset: 20:23

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Apr
22
Sun
R-180422
Apr 22 @ 2:15 pm – 5:45 pm
R-180422

Sunrise: 05:57
HW: 17:02 @ 8.2m

Crew start: 13:45
Client start: 14:15
Lock out: 14:56 (earliest)
Lock in: 16:32 (latest)
River time: 01:36 (maximum)
Client end: 17:45
Crew end: 18:15

Sunset: 20:25

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Apr
23
Mon
R-180423
Apr 23 @ 3:45 pm – 7:00 pm
R-180423

Sunrise: 05:54
HW: 18:17 @ 7.7m

Crew start: 15:15
Client start: 15:45
Lock out: 16:20 (earliest)
Lock in: 17:47 (latest)
River time: 01:27 (maximum)
Client end: 19:00
Crew end: 19:30

Sunset: 20:27

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Apr
24
Tue
T-180424
Apr 24 @ 7:15 am – 6:30 pm
T-180424

Sunrise: 05:52
HW: 06:52 @ 7.7m
HW 2: 19:41 @ 7.7m

Crew start: 06:45
Client start: 07:15
Lock out: 08:10 (latest)
Lock in: 17:44 (earliest)
River time: 09:34 (minimum)
Client end: 18:30
Crew end: 19:00

Sunset: 20:29

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Apr
25
Wed
T-180425
Apr 25 @ 8:45 am – 7:45 pm
T-180425

Sunrise: 05:50
HW: 08:13 @ 7.9m
HW 2: 20:55 @ 8.1m

Crew start: 08:15
Client start: 08:45
Lock out: 09:37 (latest)
Lock in: 18:50 (earliest)
River time: 09:13 (minimum)
Client end: 19:45
Crew end: 20:15

Sunset: 20:30

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Apr
26
Thu
T-180426
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
T-180426

Sunrise: 05:48
HW: 09:20 @ 8.4m
HW 2: 21:54 @ 8.6m

Crew start: 09:30
Client start: 10:00
Lock out: 10:55 (latest)
Lock in: 19:40 (earliest)
River time: 08:45 (minimum)
Client end: 20:30
Crew end: 21:00

Sunset: 20:32

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Apr
29
Sun
R-180429
Apr 29 @ 8:45 am – 12:30 pm
R-180429

Sunrise: 05:42
HW: 11:47 @ 9.5m

Crew start: 08:15
Client start: 08:45
Lock out: 09:23 (earliest)
Lock in: 11:17 (latest)
River time: 01:54 (maximum)
Client end: 12:30
Crew end: 13:00

Sunset: 20:38

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Apr
30
Mon
R-180430
Apr 30 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
R-180430

Sunrise: 05:40
HW: 12:26 @ 9.5m

Crew start: 09:00
Client start: 09:30
Lock out: 10:02 (earliest)
Lock in: 11:56 (latest)
River time: 01:54 (maximum)
Client end: 13:00
Crew end: 13:30

Sunset: 20:39

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May
1
Tue
Trustee Meeting @ RMYC Wirral
May 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
R-180501
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:45 pm
R-180501

Sunrise: 05:38
HW: 13:02 @ 9.3m

Crew start: 09:30
Client start: 10:00
Lock out: 10:39 (earliest)
Lock in: 12:32 (latest)
River time: 01:53 (maximum)
Client end: 13:45
Crew end: 14:15

Sunset: 20:41

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May
2
Wed
R-180502
May 2 @ 10:45 am – 2:15 pm
R-180502

Sunrise: 05:36
HW: 13:38 @ 9.1m

Crew start: 10:15
Client start: 10:45
Lock out: 11:17 (earliest)
Lock in: 13:08 (latest)
River time: 01:51 (maximum)
Client end: 14:15
Crew end: 14:45

Sunset: 20:43

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May
3
Thu
R-180503
May 3 @ 11:15 am – 2:45 pm
R-180503

Sunrise: 05:34
HW: 14:12 @ 8.9m

Crew start: 10:45
Client start: 11:15
Lock out: 11:53 (earliest)
Lock in: 13:42 (latest)
River time: 01:49 (maximum)
Client end: 14:45
Crew end: 15:15

Sunset: 20:45

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May
4
Fri
R-180504
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
R-180504

Sunrise: 05:32
HW: 14:47 @ 8.6m

Crew start: 11:30
Client start: 12:00
Lock out: 12:33 (earliest)
Lock in: 14:17 (latest)
River time: 01:44 (maximum)
Client end: 15:30
Crew end: 16:00

Sunset: 20:46

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May
5
Sat
R-180505
May 5 @ 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm
R-180505

Sunrise: 05:30
HW: 15:24 @ 8.2m

Crew start: 12:15
Client start: 12:45
Lock out: 13:18 (earliest)
Lock in: 14:54 (latest)
River time: 01:36 (maximum)
Client end: 16:00
Crew end: 16:30

Sunset: 20:48

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May
6
Sun
R-180506
May 6 @ 1:30 pm – 4:45 pm
R-180506

Sunrise: 05:28
HW: 16:06 @ 7.7m

Crew start: 13:00
Client start: 13:30
Lock out: 14:09 (earliest)
Lock in: 15:36 (latest)
River time: 01:27 (maximum)
Client end: 16:45
Crew end: 17:15

Sunset: 20:50

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May
7
Mon
R-180507
May 7 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
R-180507

Sunrise: 05:26
HW: 16:56 @ 7.3m

Crew start: 14:00
Client start: 14:30
Lock out: 15:13 (earliest)
Lock in: 16:26 (latest)
River time: 01:13 (maximum)
Client end: 17:30
Crew end: 18:00

Sunset: 20:52

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May
8
Tue
R-180508
May 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:45 pm
R-180508

Sunrise: 05:24
HW: 18:02 @ 7m

Crew start: 15:30
Client start: 16:00
Lock out: 16:38 (earliest)
Lock in: 17:32 (latest)
River time: 00:54 (maximum)
Client end: 18:45
Crew end: 19:15

Sunset: 20:53

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May
9
Wed
T-180509
May 9 @ 6:45 am – 7:00 pm
T-180509

Sunrise: 05:22
HW: 06:38 @ 7.2m
HW 2: 19:29 @ 7m

Crew start: 06:15
Client start: 06:45
Lock out: 07:39 (latest)
Lock in: 18:05 (earliest)
River time: 10:26 (minimum)
Client end: 19:00
Crew end: 19:30

Sunset: 20:55

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