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Sailing Courses

What can we expect on a practical sailing course?
After introductions and a basic safety brief, the first evening will be spent getting to know the rest of the crew with time ashore to take in a meal or have a drink.

Following breakfast the next day there will be a full safety briefing. You’ll be shown the sails, rig, and engine procedures. Following lunch of fresh bread various salads cold meats, cheese, fruit etc. It is out past the breakwater, to set the sails and continue training in the afternoon breeze, getting to port about 18:00 in time for showers and a glass of wine.

The rest of the course will be conducted as we cruise the Algarve coast, visiting ports like Portimao, anchorages such as Alvor, perhaps we’ll anchor in the lagoon surrounded by wild life. This is a great coast for cruising with mainly light to moderate offshore winds, becoming often fresh in the afternoons, giving good sailing and a smooth sea. There are pleasant ports, every few hours sailing along the coast, mostly with first class marina facilities and good reasonably priced restaurants, these are interspersed with beautiful coves and beaches. Offshore we may be visited by dolphins. You will be given first class instruction in modern sailing and navigational skills including up to the minute electronic navigation aids.

Prices include, breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and three evening meals, with wine, all fuel, marina and harbour dues, but not the evening meals ashore, at restaurants of your choice.

Ashore you can soak up the atmosphere. During your 5 days there will be time to look ashore and take in a swim. A lot of our customers stay for longer booking into some of the wide range of accommodation available to take advantage of the other things available on the Algarve, golf, scuba, micro lights, etc. We’ll be pleased to give you information on these.


Start yachting

An introduction to sail cruising for novices

Competent crew

A course for those wanting to be active crew members, not just passengers

Day skipper

Take charge on short passages under instruction

Coastal skipper

Skipper more challenging passages by day and night

Pre-course experience



5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht

15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours

Assumed knowledge



Basic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand

Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shorebased Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster standard

Minimum duration

2 days

5 days. Often run over 3 weekends or 3 days plus a weekend. If you have done the Start Yachting course, this course can be completed in 3 or 4 days

5 days, either as 3 weekends or 3 days plus 2 days

5 days

Minimum age





Course content

Steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework, safety on board

Basic seamanship and helmsmanship

Pilotage, boat handlings, seamanship and navigation

Passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations

Ability after course

Basic knowledge of yachting. Reduces the time needed to complete the Competent Crew course

Able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines

Able to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day

Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

Price per person

300 € pp

595 € pp

595 € pp

595 € pp


Sail Cruising

If living on board, cruising the coast or sailing offshore appeals to you, why not give sail cruising a go?

Power Boat

Learn close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations.

Navigation and Seamanship Theory

A series or shorebased courses to complement our training on the water.

Tel: (+351) 282 792 681  ·  Fax: (+351) 282 792 682  ·  e-mail: info@southwestcharters.com  ·  skype: southwest.charters  · Licença de Operador Marítimo - Turistico nº163/2010