Dinghy & day sailing holidays & courses,
using small yachts, boats & dinghies


uk flagActivity Yachting Holidays

based: West Sussex, UK
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Cost effective 'Learn to Sail' holidays in Croatia, sailing as part of a flotilla. Train to crew or Internationally Approved Skipper Certificate level, and holidays are suitable for beginners or improvers and for singles, groups or families. Also an extensive range of Flotilla and Bareboat/Flotilla options for existing sailors.

| day sailing | sailing (large boat/sail ship) | singles | family | Croatia | Turkey |


uk flagEurocamp five star Featured Site

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For a family sailing break try one of the Eurocamp parcs near a suitable beach, or one with watersports on-parc. Offering a great introduction to a range of watersports with qualified instruction – plus a discount for Eurocamp customers.

| watersport multi-activity | white water rafting | canoe/kayak | day sailing | Worldwide |


uk flagLoch Insh Water Sports & Outdoor Activity Centre
based: Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK
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Sailing and multi-sport watersports centre on the shores of Loch Insh in the Cairngorms' National park, offering a range of water based activities including: sailing, windsurfing, raft building, stand-up-paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking, rowing, pedalos, boat trips and salmon fishing on the Spey. Accommodation in cozy B&B bunkhouse or log chalets with hot tubs.

| watersport multi-activity | day sailing | Scotland |


uk flagTourRadar five star Featured Site

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Tourradar logoMulti-sport tours and water sports multi-activity trips, holidays and tours worldwide. Including a good selection of watersports trips including adventure activities and sports such as whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, canoeing, surfing, sailing ...

| watersport multi-activity | white water rafting | canoe/kayak | day sailing | Worldwide |


uk flagMylor Sailing & Powerboat School

based: Cornwall, UK

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A family-run sailing and power boating school in Falmouth, Cornwall, offering courses for adults and children who want to sail dinghies and small keelboats; also courses under the RYA's National Powerboat Scheme. Student discounts available.

| day sailing | power boat | student travel | England |


uk flagBOSS: The British Offshore Sailing School

based: Hampshire, UK

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The British Offshore Sailing School; offers a wide range of RYA sailing and yachting courses from their UK yachting base and various overseas locations. – courses suitable for beginners through to expert RYA Ocean Yachtmaster.

| day sailing | first aid courses | survival courses | UK |


Poros Yachting Academy

based: Poros Island, Greece

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Specialised sailing and learn to sail courses in Greece for all levels; the sailing school is Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised and offers both RYA and non-RYA sail training courses.

| day sailing | Greece |


uk flagRockley Watersports

based: Dorset, UK

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A family business offering a broad range of watersports holidays in Poole Harbour, Dorset, and in France.

| day sailing | windsurfing | surfing | France |







sailboatsThis section lists day sailing and small dinghy sailing holidays and multi-day residential courses, in the UK and Worldwide. Listing day sailing either simply as a fun holiday activity; as learn-to-sail courses (e.g. basic sailing skills, seamanship skills and helmsman courses); or training courses offering recognised qualifications such as the RYA 'competent crew' or 'day skipper' courses, or their equivalents in other parts of the world.


We define 'day sailing' as sailing aboard a small sail boat, yacht or dinghy; generally a craft under about 6 m (20 ft) in length and frequently without any sort of cabin. These will be boats designed for recreational day use and will not have space or facilities for sleeping aboard. Day sailing courses and packages will often provide shore based accommodation as part of a package.


There are a huge number of dinghy sailing classes, but some of the typical classes you might come across on holidays and sailing courses are the Laser, Finn, Wayfarer, Topper and RS classes.


Qualifications to look out for; in the UK the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) is the national governing body for the activity. They oversea a huge range of training courses and qualifications for coaches, trainers, instructors and those taking part. You'll find RYA approved sailing schools and RYA qualified instructors throughout the UK and well as abroad in popular sunny holiday spots..


Live-aboard and bigger boats
For bigger boats, sailing ships and yachts and live-aboard sailing holidays check out our large boat/yacht section here».