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 SSI Easter event
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Scottish Sailing Institute, Largs Yacht Haven, LARGS, KA30 8EZ, Scotland
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Largs Yacht Haven is just on the edge of Largs; a short walk past the Pencil, and along the promenade into town. The main marina building has all the facilities including showers and changing room. Behind there is a pleasant, open square, with the Largs Chandlers and service and charter shops (listed below). There is also a mini-market, and the popular Aloft craft, book and souvenir shop. The Bosun's table serves tea and scones, soup and toasties, and more substantial snacks. Alongside the marina building, Regattas serves drinks and meals all day long. They have two courtesy coaches to carry diners to and from the town, a couple of minutes drive away.

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Largs Sailing Club has a new clubhouse out at the marina, with a panoramic view over the Firth of Clyde. The club has its own slip immediately opposite and adjacent to a car park. Their website has a webcam and plenty of information. Around the grounds of the marina and the sailing club there is excellent parking for cars - and boats.

The Scottish Sailing Institute (SSI) is based in the Largs Sailing Club clubhouse, and organises sailing events at Largs. They are running two big events this year (2001). The Volvo RYA UK Youth Championships were held at Easter and were very successful. The Optimist Nationals will be from the 6th - 10th August. This will involve around 175 competitors aged 8-16 year old and their families visiting the area for that week. The sailing will either be in the Largs channel or to the north of the Isle of Cumbrae.

 Moorings at Sunset

In the South Bay of Largs, off the Broomfields and Mackerston there are public Moorings, and there is Cairnie's Quay which has a slip still used for dinghies. The North Bay also has public moorings, and a slip at Barrfields right by the modern and very well equipped RNLI station. Between the two, at the centre of the town is the pier, which is owned by Calmac (Caledonian MacBrayne) and from where they operate their ferry service to Cumbrae Slip for Millport. The Waverley also visits here, fishing boats and other craft. Arrangements can be made directly with Calmac. Windsurfers park in Aubery Crescent for the North Bay, and in Warrenpark road for the South bay.

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