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Dinghy sailing

The great thing about dinghy sailing is the freedom of racing across the water with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. On our beachclub holidays we can teach complete beginners to sail and more experienced sailors will always be able to learn more from our friendly team of water sports instructors. 

At a glance...
  • Inclusive dinghy sailing in eight beachclubs
  • Sail in Sardinia, Croatia and Greece
  • All beachclubs are RYA training centres
  • Inclusive tuition, clinics and racing
  • Level 1 & 2 RYA sailing qualifications
  • Hot Shots club for children

Inclusive sailing tuition

Sailing tuition is included on your holiday, there's no need to book tuition or courses before you travel, it's all done once you arrive at the beachclub.

The team are always helpful and encouraging. There’s absolutely no reason not to give it a go – at least once! Tuition sessions are grouped by ability, so you’ll always be sailing and learning with people of a similar level.  After a few pointers on the beach, grab a buoyancy aid and you’re ready to set sail.

If you can already sail, there's no need to join a session (unless you want to), simply choose a dinghy, let the beach team know and head out into the sailing area. The water sports beach is open every day from 9.30am until the last guest comes off the water and will also remain open over lunchtime, so you can sail all day if you want to.


Beginner sailing tuition

If you're new to water sports and want to give sailing a go, we can teach you the basics to get you on the water and sailing solo in light winds. We'll cover rigging and de-rigging of kit, launching and landing, sailing in all directions, and to bring it all together, a little bit of theory. 

Wind and weather permitting, if you spend enough time on the water and attend all of the sessions, you could come away with your RYA Level 1 - Start Sailing certificate.  Just let us know if that's something you want to do. 

Beginner sailing tuition is available in all beachclubs apart from Cosmos Beachclub where the focus is on windsurfing.


Intermediate sailing tuition

If you have some sailing experience and can sail a triangular course this is the next level for you.

Intermediate sailors follow the RYA Level 2 - Basic Skills course. You'll be taught how to rig and launch, pick up essential safety knowledge (including how to recover from capsize) and learn how to sail in all directions. You will come away at the end of this course a competent, light wind sailor.  If you want to get your RYA Level 2 certificate, talk to a member of the beach team and they'll let you know what is required.

Intermediate sailing tuition is available in all beachclubs except Cosmos Beachclub.


Sailing clinics and racing

If you can sail safely and comfortably you can join us for a number of clinics throughout the week (wind and weather permitting). The clinics we run will typically include sailing with spinnakers, how to race and sailing high performance craft (catamarans and keelboats).

Dinghy racing is now so popular that we run a series of events over the course of the week, with a mid week and end of week regatta. The racing is aimed at all levels, it's all about taking part and having fun (it's OK to show your competitive side too)!


Our dinghies

We pick the best kit from Hartley, Laser, RS and Topper. The exact kit list will vary depending on the different wind and weather conditions at each of the beachclubs, but typically you're likely to come across some of the following kit:

Hartley (10, 12, Supernova, Wayfarer); Laser (1, 2000, Bahia, Dart 16, Pico, SB3, Vago); RS (16 catamaran,100, 200, 500, 700, 800, Feva); Topper (Argo, Omega, Topaz 14CX, Topaz 16 CX, Vibes).

Check out the individual beachclub pages for a guide to the dinghies we plan to have available for your use. 

Sailing for kids

If you’ve got any budding young sailors in the family, they will love Hot Shots, a kids' club that's just perfect for children who can't get enough of water sports. Under the watchful eye of our beach team, they will eat, sleep and breathe sailing. We teach the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme, it’s so much fun, they won’t realise how much they’re learning. The Hot Shots club can be booked for a supplement (one week - £175, two weeks - £300).


Kids don't have to be a Hot Shot to go sailing; children in school year eight and below are welcome to sail with a parent or guardian; while children in year nine and above (Wave Riders and TAG club) can join the adult teaching sessions. 

Best beachclubs for sailing

Looking for the best beachclub to go sailing? For the best conditions and good variety of kit, we recommend booking a trip to one of the following beachclubs: Baia dei Mori in Sardinia, Alana in Croatia or Vounaki, Messini, Buca and Portomyrina Palace in Greece. All are great for dinghy sailing and a wide range of other water sports.

Where to go dinghy sailing...

Baia dei Mori Beachclub

Baia dei Mori Beachclub

Budoni , Sardinia

From £695pp
Alana Beachclub

Alana Beachclub

Paklenica , Croatia

From £555pp
Swimming pool at Vounaki Beachclub

Vounaki Beachclub

Paleros , Greece

From £645pp
Messini Beachclub

Messini Beachclub

Analipsi , Greece

From £649pp
Adult only and premium experience
Buca Beachclub

Buca Beachclub (adult only)

Analipsi , Greece

From £649pp
Portomyrina Palace Beachclub

Portomyrina Palace Beachclub

Lemnos , Greece

From £605pp
Aeolian Village Beachclub

Aeolian Village Beachclub

Lesvos , Greece

From £589pp