Lady of Avenel Skipper

Owned by riggers and surveyors Jim Dines and Stefan Fritz.

Joint owned with Jim, an ex Merchant Navy engineer turned boatbuilder, Stefan Fritz is the principle skipper of Lady of Avenel. With over 25years experience of sailing in Scotland, he loves to take guests to the most remote, exciting and scenic places around the Hebrides and the UK.

Stefan is a boat and ship surveyor by trade, with plenty of experience in marine engineering. His personal interest in adventure sports and activities also means that he offers bespoke adventure sailing holidays with wild swimming, sea kayaking and even paramotoring trips on the list.

If Stefan is not aboard, a specially selected number of skipper colleagues will take over the helm. Stefan has made sure that along with their professional skills and attitude for traditional sailing, they have a great passion for nature, the outdoors and the Scottish wilderness.

Stefan has spent many hours with friend and first mate Dónal, discussing the ideal format to offer the best possible combination of a sailing adventure, hospitality and music. The result is their “Crofters’ Cruises”, where they have taken the bistro concept afloat ready to explore a truly magical part of the world, on an amazing boat, in great company! Crofters’, owned by Dónal Boyle, is a music bar & bistro on the Isle of Arran, specialising in authentic Scottish hospitality, quality local food and live, acoustic music. Having learned to sail in the Clyde, some 30 years ago, Dónal works regularly as a mate on Lady of Avenel and is looking forward to bringing his bistro to the boat and welcoming guests onboard.

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Stefan Fritz

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Life onboard

Lady of Avenel

Lady of Avenel is perfect for those wanting to get involved with sailing a tall ship.

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The History of

Lady of Avenel

Originally named Wytske Eelkje, Lady of Avenel's history comes from all over Europe.

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