Sailing opportunities

For 2022 we will be operating from both Liverpool and our new base for sailing experiences at Deganwy Quay Marina North Wales.  We have a 33 foot steel cutter Whimbrels Song located there, which offers a little more space on board and greater flexibility on river sailing times and durations.  Experience itineraries for both locations can be found below.

We offer two types of experiences – Marina and on the River at Liverpool and on the River at Deganwy.  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. The durations indicated on each event, advise of the maximum time available; events can be foreshortened to meet particular needs.

Liverpool Marina experiences

These 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 at Liverpool marina to hoist the foresail so that you get some experience of sailing under wind power.

River Mersey 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 within an hour after high tide.  The experience should be complete about 30 minutes after returning to the marina (not later than sunset).  Depending on the tide time and height, Liverpool river experiences last between one-and-a-half to three-and-a-half hours.

River Conwy experiences

Single Tide: we exit the marina via the tidal gate and sail out on the Conwy’s incoming tide.  Depending upon the wind conditions we sail using just the foresail or with foresail and mainsail.  If you have a high tolerance for ‘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 tidal gate up to two-and-a-half hours after high tide.  The experience should be complete about 30 minutes after returning to the marina.  Deganwy river experiences can be up to five-and-a-half hours, but can be tailored to suit your needs.

  • Deganwy (Harbour) – An experience taking place on the River Conwy between the Bridge and the Perch, essentially like a Liverpool marina experience in the placid water of the river adjacent to the marina and town.  Such an experience is expected to last one to two hours, offering the possibility of delivering more than one experience on a single tide for a larger group of people.
  • Deganwy (Fairway Buoy) – An experience taking place on the River Conwy between the Bridge and the Fairway buoy, essentially like a Liverpool river experience combining the placid water of the river with the feeling of the open sea beyond the Perch.  The duration can be two-and-a-half to four hours up to the limit of the tidal window.
  • Deganwy (Conwy River) – An experience up to five-and-a-half hours.  This offers a longer experience within the confines of the river.

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 times 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.  The calendar below lists viable dates for a river experience: the times indicate the maximum duration of an experience – single tide times can be tailored to suit your needs when booking.

If you want to enquire about booking one of these dates, please send an email to the coordinator, referencing the trip number (R-yyddmmNP or T-yyddmmxP) where P refers to the port: L=Liverpool and D=Deganwy.  Open the event and click “Read more” for full details of the activity times and location.

All experiences are subject to cancellation at short notice if weather conditions are unsuitable. 

Mar
11
Mon
Guillemot Trustee Meeting @ Royal Mersey Yacht Club
Mar 11 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Apr
15
Mon
R-240415-2CD
Apr 15 @ 13:15 – 19:30
R-240415-2CD

One tide trip out of Deganwy aboard Trout. This event offers the opportunity of an extended sail in the Conwy channel. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 06:14

Port: Deganwy
Vessel: Trout
HW: 16:58 @ 6.13m

Crew start: 12:45
Client start: 13:15
Gate out: 13:50
Gate in: 18:56
River time: 05:05
Client end: 19:30
Crew end: 20:00

Sunset: 20:16

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

R-240415-2L
Apr 15 @ 14:30 – 18:00
R-240415-2L

One tide trip out of Liverpool aboard Guillemot. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 06:10

Port: Liverpool
Vessel: Guillemot
HW: 16:56 @ 7.32m

Crew start: 14:00
Client start: 14:30
Lock out: 15:13
Lock in: 17:26
River time: 02:13
Client end: 18:00
Crew end: 18:30

Sunset: 20:13

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

Apr
16
Tue
R-240416-2CD
Apr 16 @ 14:30 – 20:30
R-240416-2CD

One tide trip out of Deganwy aboard Trout. This event offers the opportunity of an extended sail in the Conwy channel. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 06:12

Port: Deganwy
Vessel: Trout
HW: 18:33 @ 5.83m

Crew start: 14:00
Client start: 14:30
Gate out: 15:14
Gate in: 19:48
River time: 04:34
Client end: 20:30
Crew end: 21:00

Sunset: 20:18

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

Apr
17
Wed
R-240417-2FD
Apr 17 @ 16:15 – 20:30
R-240417-2FD

One tide trip out of Deganwy aboard Trout. This event offers the opportunity to sail as far as the Perch in the Conwy channel. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 06:09

Port: Deganwy
Vessel: Trout
HW: 20:08 @ 5.92m

Crew start: 15:45
Client start: 16:15
Gate out: 16:49
Gate in: 19:49
River time: 03:00
Client end: 20:30
Crew end: 21:00

Sunset: 20:19

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

Apr
18
Thu
R-240418-1HD
Apr 18 @ 07:30 – 11:00
R-240418-1HD

One tide trip out of Deganwy aboard Trout. This event will be limited to the “harbour” area of the River Conwy. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 06:07

Port: Deganwy
Vessel: Trout
HW: 08:20 @ 6.27m

Crew start: 07:00
Client start: 07:30
Gate out: 08:00
Gate in: 10:17
River time: 02:17
Client end: 11:00
Crew end: 11:30

Sunset: 20:21

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

R-240418-2HD
Apr 18 @ 17:15 – 20:30
R-240418-2HD

One tide trip out of Deganwy aboard Trout. This event will be limited to the “harbour” area of the River Conwy. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 06:07

Port: Deganwy
Vessel: Trout
HW: 21:09 @ 6.24m

Crew start: 16:45
Client start: 17:15
Gate out: 17:48
Gate in: 19:51
River time: 02:02
Client end: 20:30
Crew end: 21:00

Sunset: 20:21

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

Apr
19
Fri
R-240419-1FD
Apr 19 @ 07:30 – 12:00
R-240419-1FD

One tide trip out of Deganwy aboard Trout. This event offers the opportunity to sail as far as the Perch in the Conwy channel. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 06:05

Port: Deganwy
Vessel: Trout
HW: 09:16 @ 6.57m

Crew start: 07:00
Client start: 07:30
Gate out: 08:00
Gate in: 11:19
River time: 03:19
Client end: 12:00
Crew end: 12:30

Sunset: 20:23

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

R-240419-1L
Apr 19 @ 07:30 – 10:30
R-240419-1L

One tide trip out of Liverpool aboard Guillemot. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 06:01

Port: Liverpool
Vessel: Guillemot
HW: 09:21 @ 7.63m

Crew start: 07:00
Client start: 07:30
Lock out: 08:00
Lock in: 09:51
River time: 01:51
Client end: 10:30
Crew end: 11:00

Sunset: 20:20

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

Apr
20
Sat
R-240420-1CD
Apr 20 @ 07:30 – 12:45
R-240420-1CD

One tide trip out of Deganwy aboard Trout. This event offers the opportunity of an extended sail in the Conwy channel. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 06:03

Port: Deganwy
Vessel: Trout
HW: 09:55 @ 6.88m

Crew start: 07:00
Client start: 07:30
Gate out: 08:00
Gate in: 12:05
River time: 04:05
Client end: 12:45
Crew end: 13:15

Sunset: 20:25

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

R-240420-1L
Apr 20 @ 07:30 – 11:15
R-240420-1L

One tide trip out of Liverpool aboard Guillemot. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 05:59

Port: Liverpool
Vessel: Guillemot
HW: 10:07 @ 8.04m

Crew start: 07:00
Client start: 07:30
Lock out: 08:04
Lock in: 10:37
River time: 02:33
Client end: 11:15
Crew end: 11:45

Sunset: 20:22

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

Apr
21
Sun
R-240421-1CD
Apr 21 @ 07:30 – 13:30
R-240421-1CD

One tide trip out of Deganwy aboard Trout. This event offers the opportunity of an extended sail in the Conwy channel. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 06:00

Port: Deganwy
Vessel: Trout
HW: 10:29 @ 7.15m

Crew start: 07:00
Client start: 07:30
Gate out: 08:00
Gate in: 12:46
River time: 04:46
Client end: 13:30
Crew end: 14:00

Sunset: 20:27

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

R-240421-1L
Apr 21 @ 08:00 – 11:45
R-240421-1L

One tide trip out of Liverpool aboard Guillemot. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 05:57

Port: Liverpool
Vessel: Guillemot
HW: 10:45 @ 8.39m

Crew start: 07:30
Client start: 08:00
Lock out: 08:37
Lock in: 11:15
River time: 02:38
Client end: 11:45
Crew end: 12:15

Sunset: 20:24

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

Apr
22
Mon
R-240422-1CD
Apr 22 @ 07:30 – 14:00
R-240422-1CD

One tide trip out of Deganwy aboard Trout. This event offers the opportunity of an extended sail in the Conwy channel. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 05:58

Port: Deganwy
Vessel: Trout
HW: 10:59 @ 7.36m

Crew start: 07:00
Client start: 07:30
Gate out: 08:00
Gate in: 13:20
River time: 05:20
Client end: 14:00
Crew end: 14:30

Sunset: 20:28

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

R-240422-1L
Apr 22 @ 08:30 – 12:30
R-240422-1L

One tide trip out of Liverpool aboard Guillemot. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 05:54

Port: Liverpool
Vessel: Guillemot
HW: 11:18 @ 8.63m

Crew start: 08:00
Client start: 08:30
Lock out: 09:04
Lock in: 11:48
River time: 02:44
Client end: 12:30
Crew end: 13:00

Sunset: 20:26

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

Guillemot Trustee Meeting @ Royal Mersey Yacht Club
Apr 22 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Apr
23
Tue
R-240423-1CD
Apr 23 @ 08:00 – 14:30
R-240423-1CD

One tide trip out of Deganwy aboard Trout. This event offers the opportunity of an extended sail in the Conwy channel. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 05:56

Port: Deganwy
Vessel: Trout
HW: 11:28 @ 7.5m

Crew start: 07:30
Client start: 08:00
Gate out: 08:34
Gate in: 13:52
River time: 05:17
Client end: 14:30
Crew end: 15:00

Sunset: 20:30

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

R-240423-1L
Apr 23 @ 09:00 – 13:00
R-240423-1L

One tide trip out of Liverpool aboard Guillemot. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 05:52

Port: Liverpool
Vessel: Guillemot
HW: 11:49 @ 8.78m

Crew start: 08:30
Client start: 09:00
Lock out: 09:33
Lock in: 12:19
River time: 02:46
Client end: 13:00
Crew end: 13:30

Sunset: 20:27

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

Apr
24
Wed
R-240424-1CD
Apr 24 @ 08:30 – 15:00
R-240424-1CD

One tide trip out of Deganwy aboard Trout. This event offers the opportunity of an extended sail in the Conwy channel. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 05:54

Port: Deganwy
Vessel: Trout
HW: 11:57 @ 7.56m

Crew start: 08:00
Client start: 08:30
Gate out: 09:03
Gate in: 14:21
River time: 05:17
Client end: 15:00
Crew end: 15:30

Sunset: 20:32

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

R-240424-2L
Apr 24 @ 09:30 – 13:30
R-240424-2L

One tide trip out of Liverpool aboard Guillemot. The content of the experience will be determined on the day, having consideration for the prevailing weather conditions.

Sunrise: 05:50

Port: Liverpool
Vessel: Guillemot
HW: 12:20 @ 8.84m

Crew start: 09:00
Client start: 09:30
Lock out: 10:03
Lock in: 12:50
River time: 02:47
Client end: 13:30
Crew end: 14:00

Sunset: 20:29

Email the coordinator to enquire about this event – click this link or see the contact details below.

River sailing event details are derived in part from material obtained from:
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service
HMNAO Websurf 2.0
Through Tide Times UK.

River sailing event details are derived from data supplied by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Tidal Prediction Service and HMNAO Websurf 2.0