By Alexandra Richards, Private Clients Development Executive
In aid of the Scotland Boat Show this weekend, i've rounded up my top 5 Scottish sailing tips...
1. No. 1 tip is get Antares charts - unofficial large scale charts of anchorages on the west coast that work alongside digital charts on an ipad or iphone. The charts are surveyed by a real enthusiast- very professionally and provide a great resource for seeking out those anchorages that may have limited pilotage or chart detail. Link as follows http://www.antarescharts.co.uk/
2. Scalasaig on Colonsay has incredibly well stocked shop and these can be hard to find. A great place to visit with beautiful beeches although little shelter if the wind has any south in it.
3. The isle of Muck is a beautiful place to visit for many reasons – a real gem. A standout reason however is the ability to buy prawns and other seafood direct from the local fisherman in Port Mòr.
4. Loch Sunart is somehow other worldly compared to much of the rest of the West Coast – a beautiful tree lined loch with a small, lovely marina and facilities in Salen; that feels somehow more like Scandinavia or New England. Good local facilities and absolutely delicious daily baked German bread and other goodies from a lovely German baker lady in the village.
5. A morning dip to start the day – skinny or suited. Nothing better to enliven your endorphins!
6. DIY sushi mackerel straight out of the sea on and onto your plate – English mustard makes a very passable alternative to wasabi!
It costs nothing to explore your options with us. If you'd like to discuss your current boat insurance please do not hesitate to get in touch with Alexandra.Richards@brucestevenson.co.uk