Sail Badachro

Sail Badachro, based in beautiful Badachro Bay, in the sheltered waters of Gairloch on the Minch, has the enviable position of easy accessibility to some of the most remote and beautiful sailing grounds in the UK.  Ranging the West Coast of Scotland from Iona, Tiree and Coll, up the Outer and Inner Hebrides and to further outposts such as St Kilda, Orkney Shetland.  When combined with wildlife, history and heritage, stunning scenery, excellent food, great company and beautiful sailing boat, you have the perfect ingredients for an adventure.

We offer a number of ways through which you can enjoy your sailing adventure:

Our Yacht

We are delighted to own and operate La Girafe III, a Fora Marine RM1260, the only one of her kind on the West Coast of Scotland.  RMs are unique in their design with strong lines, powerful hull shapes and rigs and comfortable, modern and light accommodation.  Designed as fast cruising yachts, they are exciting to sail, offering superb levels of comfort whilst looking after their crew with excellent sea keeping qualities.

We would be delighted to welcome you on board to spend time on a very special yacht in some of the most beautiful and remote sailing waters in the UK.

Our Staff

All our Instructors and Skippers hold a Yachtmaster Instructor qualification as a minimum. Carefully selected for their knowledge, abilities and maturity, they have years of experience running courses and cruises here on the beautiful West Coast.  To ensure we are able to maintain our ethos our staff are chosen for the following key attributes;

  • Passion for sailing
  • Personal skippering and sailing experience and high level of qualification
  • Life experience
  • Excellent social skills and ability to communicate effectively
  • Flexible teaching style

RYA sailing courses

We offer a range of RYA practical sailing courses from Start Yachting to Coastal Skipper as well as a preparation course for those wishing to sit their Yachtmaster Offshore Exam and Training and Exams for those who wish to gain the International Certificate of Competence.

Many of the UK’s sailing schools are based in the main yachting hubs of the Clyde and the South and West Coasts of England.  Sailing from our base in Badachro on the Minch we have access to some of the most beautiful and remote waters in the British Isles. We also have great flexibility afforded by the sailing area to respond to conditions and syllabus requirements. When you mix these attributes with the geography, wildlife and history you have an opportunity to experience your RYA sailing course in one of the most exciting training backdrops in the UK.

Our aim is to ensure you have a fantastic experience in a safe, supportive and relaxed sailing environment, where our staff will strive to ensure your objectives are fully met.

Skippered Charter and Themed Cruises

Your highly qualified and experienced skipper will remove the weight of responsibility and will support you to be involved in running the boat, giving you and your crew space to take turns at passage planning, skippering, navigation etc. This is especially good where you have the skills to run the boat but are looking for local knowledge and experience as a ‘safety net’.

Conversely you may wish to enjoy an adventure in a more relaxed way where the skipper will, in consultation with you, set an itinerary based on their local knowledge and the prevailing conditions.  You can then leave Skippering to us, allowing you to get involved in sailing the boat without the responsibility of safety, navigation etc.

All our skippers are experienced RYA instructors and will be happy to offer informal tuition during your charter.


These trips are aimed at those wishing to gain mileage in order to sit the Coastal or Offshore Yachtmaster exam but who don’t have the pre-requisite miles to do so.  They are also relevant to those wishing to experience passage making on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland.  The trips will involve informal tuition on any area of the RYA syllabus that participants may wish to focus.

Themed Cruises

We have a number of themed Cruises programmed each year:

  • St Kilda & Outer Hebrides Cruise
  • Skye & Outer Hebrides Cruise
  • Whisky Distillery Cruise

For further information about sailing with us visit our website or contact:

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