Who We Are

Ark Sailing is owned and run by Ian Shirra.

Ian (that’s me) has been sailing and teaching sailing for 32 years (I started young!) Starting in dinghies, both teaching and racing, I then added Keel Boats and Windsurfers to my teaching and racing list. After a solid grounding in Outdoor Ed. In Scotland I moved to Greece (to thaw out) and ran a sailing and windsurfing centre for a holiday company. I then moved to a big Multi activity Centre near Manchester where I worked for 17 years as Principal, before moving to Windermere and opening Ark Sailing with Matt. I am a Royal Yachting Association Coach / Assessor which means that I can teach basic sailing like level 1 + 2 courses up to aspiring Instructors and Senior Instructors. Quite a range and its all good fun! Other things I do: I have been a sighted member of the British Blind Sailing Team, racing keel boats, for the last 20 years competing all round the world in the last 8 World Championships, winning 4 Gold and 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medals for Britain. And sailing in some fantastic places! You could say I like sailing…

When it’s not me teaching, we have a great bunch of really experienced instructors, equally enthusiastic, on hand to get you on the water for a great day out on Windermere.