Yacht and dinghy day sailing holidays, vacations and multi-day courses in the UK, and abroad in Europe, the US, Canada, New Zealand and
Day & dinghy sailing?
This section lists holidays and multi-day residential day sailing courses, either simply as a fun holiday activity or as learn to sail courses.
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 usually provide shore based accommodation.
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.
Dinghy & day sailing holidays & courses, using small yachts, boats & dinghies
FEATURED DINGHY SAILING BREAKS
IRELAND: islands dinghy sailing holiday
A dinghy sailing holiday from a sheltered Irish island – Collanmore Island in Clew Bay, off the West coast of County Mayo. Here novice sailors can learn to sail in Picos Squbs, and can practice their technique in quiet waters, as well as sail around the endless small coves and hundreds of islands that make up the very unique seascape of Clew Bay.
These learn to sail courses can last from just a few hours to a whole week and hotel, hostel or B&B accommodation is arranged in nearby Westport.
Dinghy sailing courses at all the recognised RYA levels, from Dinghy Start for those with no previous sailing experience; through to Dinghy Explorer for people wanting to extend their knowledge and learn to undertake short open boat cruises or sail in difficult weather conditions.
Courses are run by UKSA (UK Sailing Academy), a registered charity dedicated to life change through maritime training and education. The courses are residential and include on-site accommodation, food, instruction and use of personal safety gear. Dates, price and full details»
A full range of low cost 'Learn to Sail' holidays while sailing as part of a flotilla, suitable for singles, groups or families. Flotilla and bareboat sailing for existing sailors and 'week aboard and week ashore' combinations with Drascombe Lugger's for day sailing.
| day sailing | sailing (large boat/sail ship) | singles | family | Croatia | Turkey |
Sailing holidays and day trips around Kefalonia and the Ionian Islands, aboard a beautiful classic wooden yacht. Offering day and overnight trips discovering secluded bays and beaches; one- or two-week cruises enjoying sparsely populated islands or a circumnavigation of the beautiful island of Kefalonia; or extended cruises exploring the Western Mediterranean.
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.
| family | single parent families | windsurfing | day sailing | diving/snorkelling | Europe |
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 |
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The Travel-Quest Dinghy & day sailing holidays category lists holidays, residential multi-day courses, vacations, weekends and short breaks day-sailing in small boats, dinghies and small yachts, see notes above for further details. These will not be live-aboard boats and accommodation will usually be provided as part of the course or holiday package.