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Advanced Dinghy Sailing

Expert sailors will have plenty to get the pulse racing with a top-notch range of high performance boats at all our centres, and thermal winds that switch on like clockwork each day to provide exciting sailing conditions.

We have a great range of free clinics and tuition like our popular sailing with spinnakers introduction and a Complete Level 4 course covering racing and performance sailing from our own team of expert RYA instructors.

You’ll be able to 'free sail' any of our great boats all week and our beach team will be on hand to help you rig-up and get launched. They’re always on hand for tips and advice, whether you’re in a lesson or not and they’re great at organising daily races and cruising events to keep everyone engaged.

All our Sailing Courses

Our Sailing Dinghies

Try Foiling - It's Free!

The essentials

  • Free daily Sailing lessons (all levels)
  • Free Clinics for Advanced Sailors (like Sailing with Spinnakers)
  • Organised daily races in all centres
  • Dinghy cruising (longer distance sailing)
  • Complete Level 4 Course: (10-12 hrs tuition) £99
  • Free SailFoiling Tasters. Come and have a go!
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ coaching
  • 8-13’s: Try our RYA Youth Squad
  • The best RYA teaching standards
  • Lots of great boats for you to sail

Sailing for Experts

If you’re an expert sailor, a keen club racer or you want to master advanced techniques like sailing with spinnakers or stepping up into a performance skiff or foiling machine for the first time; then we’ve got a lot to get excited about! We offer free daily lessons (geared to high-level Intermediates with advanced-level clinics) which will include an introduction to Level 4 modules like spinnakers, racing and performance sailing. We also organise daily racing and free SailFoiling Taster sessions so you can sample this great new-wave of sailing and a full RYA ‘First Flight’ course from only £99. If you’d like some more focussed tuition then our Complete ‘Level 4 course’ offers 10-12 hours of tuition and covers all advanced modules and requests.

Freesail our great boats

If you can already sail, then you’ll be able to 'free sail' any of our dinghies all week, including performance boats from brands like RS, which we have at all our centres. We also have foiling boats and free ‘Intro to Foiling’ tasters.

Simply choose a dinghy, let the beach team know and head out into our sailing area. Our water sports centre is open each day from 9.30am until the last guest comes off the water and it’ll remain open over lunch, so you can sail non-stop if you want to!

If you’re looking for the best kit and tuition then we’d recommend Nautica bay in Porto Heli (our Specialist Sailing Centre); or the Surf Hotel in Vassiliki. Do check out Akti Beach in Kos and Hotel Leda in Horto-Pelion for some great wind conditions!

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RYA Level 4 ‘Advanced Sailing’

  • Complete ‘Level 4 course’ - £99 (10-12 hrs)
  • RYA Level 4 Clinics - £99 (10-12 hrs):
    Sailing with Spinnakers
    Performance Sailing
  • Available all centres
  • Sail Foiling (give it a go)
  • Sail Foiling ‘First Flight’ course - £99 (3-4 hrs)

We deliver advanced tuition either as separate, more focussed clinics or as part of a ‘Complete Level 4 course’ which aims to combine several advanced modules together, so pupils can understand a broader spectrum of skills. On arrival, we will listen to our Level 4 pupils and tailor a course to suit the group.

Our Complete Level 4 course is a special Ocean Elements course, which fast tracks to the gritty detail of skills like: sailing with spinnakers, seamanship, ‘Start Racing’ rules and performance sailing. This course will suit a competent intermediate who has done 3-4 weeks sailing and designed to teach you what you really need to know! If, after the course you wish to spend more time on an area, our Private lessons are ideal.

All our centres offer great wind conditions for expert sailors with a daily racing programme and even dinghy foiling at our Specialist dinghy centre in Porto Heli, Vassiliki & Kos. Level 4 is bookable before you depart or on arrival.

Sailing with Spinnakers

We will cover an introduction to sailing with spinnakers in our free daily lessons, (in all centres), which is aimed to introduce you to spinnaker-sailing. For a more in-depth look at asymmetric spinnaker sailing, you can choose a dedicated RYA Clinic in Sailing with Spinnakers (£99) or try our Complete Level 4 course which will focus on hoisting, gybing, dropping the spinnaker, the best course downwind and how to recover from a capsize, as part of the full course.

Performance Sailing

This clinic aims to help you to sail faster and more efficiently in all conditions. To help you get the boat planing and with better performance at all angles, upwind and off the wind. For a more in-depth look at Performance Sailing, you can choose a dedicated RYA Clinic (£99) or try our Complete Level 4 course which will focus on Performance Sailing techniques as part of the full course.

Racing

We run daily racing and mini-regattas in all our clubs, for all levels (Improver and up) to join throughout the week. We will cover the basic rules in our free daily lessons and always before a race. It’s an ideal chance to get started in dinghy racing.

The daily races are very sociable and light hearted, and we generally run a bigger mid-week and end-of-week regatta for class boats like the Laser fleet and handicap racing for mixed fleets. It’s all about taking part and having fun, (with prizes too!). A great chance to show your competitive side!

In our Complete Level 4 course, we will cover ‘Start Racing’ with starting, finishing, tactics, racing techniques and the basic rules of racing. You will also take part in organised races to practice what you’ve learned. We also cover basic rules in our free daily lessons, and before a race.

Try Sail Foiling!

Try this new-wave of sailing this summer! We offer a free ‘Intro to Foiling’ taster session for intermediate sailors in our Porto Heli, Vassiliki and Kos centres. It’s run by our own foiling instructors, promises to be a lot of fun and is designed to help you understand the basics and have a taster session in one of these flying machines.

If you’re a competent intermediate sailor, comfortable with blast reaching a Laser, you will be ready to foil this summer. We also offer the RYA ‘First Flight’ course and ‘Sustained Flight’ course, for more in-depth learning which is generally run over two days.

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Dinghy Cruising

Discover the adventurous world of dinghy cruising whilst on holiday with us. We will offer you the opportunity to take part in our dinghy cruises and enjoy the feeling of longer-distance sailing as you cruise in company to a nearby island or ‘secret-beach’ stopover with instructors and RIB support boats to guide the flotilla.

DInghy cruises generally take place at the middle of the week and they involve all craft from single and double handed boats to family boats with a few crew. So choose your vessel and pick your crew, sign up and get involved!

You will learn about cruise planning, safety and basic navigation along with long distance sailing skills to give you a taste for this truly inspirational past-time. The flotilla will often cruise to another island for a mid-morning stop over, to enjoy a swim or a coffee and ice cream.
Available in all our centres: Half to 3/4 day.

Where's best for Experts?

All of our Beach Clubs offer ideal conditions for advanced sailors. The mornings are great for practicing advanced techniques like spinnaker handling while the winds are calm. In all resorts, the afternoon's thermal winds will switch on like clockwork every day to offer a reliable breeze:

  • Porto Heli: Force 3-4 (F1-2 morning)
  • Horto-Pelion: Force 3-5 (F1-2 morning)
  • Vassiliki: Force 3-7 (F1-2 morning)
  • Kos: Force 3-7 (F1-3 morning)

If you’re looking for the best kit and tuition then we’d recommend our Specialist Sailing Centre, Nautica bay in Porto Heli, or the Surf Hotel in Vassiliki. But do check out Akti Beach in Kos and Hotel Leda in Horto-Pelion for some of the best wind conditions in Greece.

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