Sailing at Cramond
The River Almond is tidal with access to the Firth of Forth for approximately 4-5 hours each tide. The Club caters for all types of boating enthusiasts. Dinghy and keelboat racing is organised on a handicap basis, and class racing may be arranged depending on numbers.
The Club's dinghies are available for use by suitably competent members (RYA Level 2 or Youth Stage 3) any time rescue boat cover is provided, for example during Free Sails and dinghy races. There are also opportunities for non-boat owners to crew on members' boats.
Cramond is well placed for yachts cruising the Firth of Forth and east coast of Scotland. There are many islands and small harbours in the vicinity, including Cramond Island, Inchcolm, Inchkeith, Aberdour, Limekilns and Anstruther.
The Forth and Clyde canal is easily reached, giving ready access to the West coast.
A useful pilot book, 'East Coast of Scotland Sailing Directions' is published by Imray.
This 2023 book combines two older publications: 'The Forth Pilot' by Andy Carnduff of FYCA and 'The Yachtsman's Pilot: North and East Scotland' by Martin Lawrence, both of which have been out of print for a long time.
The book can be obtained at the Bosun's Locker, Port Edgar and from online stores such as Imray, Bookharbour and Marinestore Chandlery.
Safety and Security
All Club dinghy events are covered by rescue boats with qualified drivers. All boats using Club facilities or participating in Club activities should have adequate third-party insurance cover. Members are responsible for ensuring appropriate security for their boats, tenders and equipment, which are stored or moored on Club facilities at the owners' risk.
The Club relies on the willingness and support of members to run events both on and off the water, and to maintain the Club premises and property. From time to time, members may be asked to help in various ways, including committees and work parties, and all such assistance is greatly appreciated.