About us

Sails and Summits was founded in 2006 when Sue and Stuart, her owners and skippers, decided to create their own skippered yacht charter holiday company. It was borne out of a passion for helping others to discover the wonders of sailing, the sea and the local wildlife.

Stuart had spent 30 plus years in the outdoors as an outdoor pursuits instructor and for him this was a natural progression.

They have both sailed all their lives. Over the years they have clocked up may sea miles and a vast experience, inshore, offshore, and ocean passages. They have both also been involved with the Ocean Youth Trust NW as volunteers.

After five years of skippered chartering it became obvious that many guests wanted to come back to train with them. So Stuart gained his Cruising Instructors ticket and they became an RYA registered sailing centre in 2011 and six months later he gained his Yachtmaster Instructors ticket. Then in 2016 he was invited by the RYA to do his Cruising Instructors Training ticket, making him one of he most qualified training skippers on the north west coast.

Sue focussed on the basics, qualifying as a RYA Theory Course Instructor. And crucially aboard she demonstrates her skills and talents in the galley, creating mouth-watering and sustaining meals, freshly prepared. She uses as much local and ‘in season’ produce as possible, both of which Scotland excels in, and she happily rises to the challenges of any dietary requirement her guests may request. Sue is also passionate about “no food miles”, no “palm oil”, no “GM” and aiming to become ‘plastic free’, the latter being quite a challenge!

Together they have logged many sea miles, in Britain, the Mediterranean, down the Atlantic, across the Atlantic, in the Caribbean, and of course their experience and knowledge of north west Scotland is considerable. They are both competent and confident sailors and instructors, and love nothing better than sharing their knowledge of sailing and the environment in which they live. They will gently take you through the rudiments of sailing to competency, hopefully getting you hooked on the wonders of our Blue Planet along the way.

Safety is paramount, and your comfort and enjoyment is always at the forefront on any holiday or course you book with us. Fulfilling your ‘dreams’ is our commitment.