DIRECTOR PROFILE - COLIN TAYLOR
Charmian has been involved in sailing in Scotland in various forms for over 30 years. This included dinghy racing and instruction on the East Coast and in the Moray Firth, as well as cruising on larger yachts extensively on the West Coast of Scotland.
After owning their own yacht for several years and offering yacht charters on a one boat basis, Charmian and her husband Mark bought the then Sleat Marine Services which had five yachts in 1998. Over the years, they have modernised and extended the charter fleet with a series of new boats and became incorporated as Isle of Skye Yachts in 2002 which makes them currently the longest serving Management team in the Scottish Charter Sector. They have always strived to improve standards in the industry by maintaining the yachts to the highest professional standards and offer first class customer service. As a result of this, the company has won several tourism Awards bringing the yacht charter industry up to the same standards as more mainstream accommodation and activity providers.
Their company also offers boatyard services and provides moorings for visiting yachts so she has a broad knowledge of how the sailing industry works, particularly in more remote areas. Charmian is tireless in her enthusiasm about sailing and Scotland and likes nothing better than introducing newcomers to the concept of what Scotland has to offer sailors both, by occasional articles in the Practical Boat Owner magazine or on the Sail Scotland stand at a BoColin started sailing offshore in 1974 with OYC Scotland’s inaugural cruise onboard the gaff rigged yawl “Duet” and went on to build, refit and race various yachts on the West Coast of Scotland with his wife Pauline.
Moving over to the charter industry in 1987, Colin then sailed as a charter skipper and Yachtmaster Instructor for many of the Scottish sailing schools and charter companies.
As a founding member of the Scottish Yachtmaster Instructors’ Association in 1994, he went on to chair SYMIA for a number of years, promoting the maintenance of teaching standards in Scottish sea schools and the employment conditions for freelance Scottish Yachtmaster Instructors.
Colin and Pauline ran the highly-respected Seascape Yacht Charter & Sea School out of Dunstaffnage for many years, before acquiring the Oyster 68 “Moonshadow of Lorne” and starting up their current sailing holidays business, Moonshadow Yacht Charter Ltd in 2009.
Setting and maintaining professional standards within the Scottish charter industry has always been important to Colin and he currently chairs the Association of Scottish Yacht Charterers.at Show.