About Coast and Cairn


Robert Bashford                                        

Rob Bashford Sailing
Founder: Rob Bashford

Rob is the founder and chief instructor of Coast and Cairn. He has been sailing for 20 years and began instructing professionally in 2006. Rob has taught a wide variety of people at training centres across the UK and holds the following RYA qualifications:

      • Yachtmaster Coastal (commercially endorsed)
      • Advanced Powerboat (commercially endorsed)
      • Keelboat Instructor
      • Senior Dinghy Instructor
      • Advanced Powerboat Instructor
      • Shorebased Navigation Instructor
      • First Aid Instructor
    • SRC Instructor/Assessor

His personal sailing experience ranges from club dinghy sailing to offshore yacht racing, including the notorious Fastnet Race. Rob is also a Volunteer Helmsman and Trainer Assessor at the local inshore lifeboat, RNLI Kessock, as well as a member of the RNLI National Flood Rescue team.

Rob instructs in a number of land-based outdoor activities and has led overseas expeditions. He is a Mountain Leader, qualifying him to lead walking groups in the mountainous areas of the UK and he has been teaching navigation skills for a number of years. From 2006 to 2017, Rob was proud to work for Woodlore, the UK’s premier school of wilderness bushcraft, founded by bushcraft expert Ray Mears.

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