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Anchor and Sail comes to a close

After 3 1/2 years of exciting activity across two workshops Anchor and Sail will end this month. Since June 2014 we’ve built 4 new boats; awarded 8 City and Guild apprenticeships; worked with over 80 volunteers; take 12 cultural trips; ran three small events, two large festivals and made a huge pile of wood shavings.

We’re so very grateful for the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and all our other funders. We also could not have managed it without the enthusiasm and dedication of every one of our apprentices, volunteers, participants and the staff teams of both the Clyde Maritime Trust and The GalGael Trust.

Anchor and Sail may be ending but the activity isn’t both organisations are going to keep on building boats, The Tall Ship have hired their last apprentice Marie to lead a new community boatbuilding project while the GalGael are planning a whole range of new boats in the next year. As well as that the hugely successful Clydebuilt Festival will be happening again on the 15th and 16th of September 2018, head to for more info on that.

We’ll also be heading out on the water in 2018, GalGael’s West Coast Skiff will be hoisting it’s sail and heading out to sea while The Tall Ship will be finishing off Starcrest’s massive restoration before running trips out on the river in 2019.

Keep an eye on and for more info about what we’re up to.

Two boats go in a week

Earlier on this week the Catspaw Dinghy, now re-named Pollaidh left with her new owner. We starting building this boat back in 31st January 2013 so it’s great to see her finally leaving.

Meanwhile we’ve been getting ready. Tomorrow the GalGael will be relaunching our 30′ Birlinn – ‘Orcuan’. This replica of a traditional West Highland Galley was built by us 15 years ago and been as far afield as Iona and Ireland. Over the last year we’ve been rebuilding her with new planking, framing and a few wee bits and bobs. She’ll go back in the water on Friday 31st March at 1pm if you can make it along we’d love to see you.


Clydebuilt Festival


Last year we held our first big event coming out of Anchor and Sail, the Riverside Regatta. In 2017 we’re building on that success by running the new and improved Clydebuilt Festival, a new festival of Boats, Folk and Maritime Heritage. Right at the heart of the big day will be our launch of the West Coast Skiff, GalGael major project over the life of Anchor and Sail! Stick the weekend of 23rd and 24th of September in your diaries, this one’s gonna be fun!


St Ayles Skiff works


Roy is one the many hands who have helped refurbing GalGael’s second St Ayles Skiff “Lady Danger”. He’s made a lovely job of the new plywood rudder. Over the next week he’ll be painting and varnishing it to a bright shiny gloss!

If you’d like to volunteer with us and join in the fun just click “Get Involved” above (silly hats optional)