RYA Start Yachting

Learn to sail, aimed at beginners

Course Duration: 2 Days Minimum

Pre-course Experience: None

Minimum Age: None

This course can be done on a monohull or catamaran 

The RYA Start Yachting in Corfu course is designed for anyone who has never sailed before, wanting to explore a new challenge and try something new. It can be done in 2 days so it is a great way to see if you enjoy sailing on yachts!

With the calm bay and warm sea around our base in Gouvia, Corfu, it is the perfect place to get to know what sailing a yacht is all about. With plenty of swim stops and tavernas to have dinner at, as well as a whole new world of travelling with the wind, we will try our hardest to get you addicted to sailing in Greece

Whilst on the course the subjects include:

  • Basic terminology – so you understand the skipper!
  • Basic rope work – so you won’t lose the dingy!
  • Helming the yacht under power and sail – (Steering)!
  • Keeping lookout – (for ferries)!
  • Weather forecasting – understanding when you will need a jacket!
  • Man overboard – getting them back on board!
  • Safety equipment and emergency procedures – just in case!

The minimum course duration is 2 days however it is a popular choice to come out for a week and then work up to the next qualification, Competent Crew (5 days minimum).

Try something new!

If you are staying in a hotel or villa on Corfu then this is a great way to split up the holiday and give everyone a great holiday memory, as well as some useful new skills!

The course is a great first step into sailing yachts, if you are going sailing with friends or family in the future then this will help you to understand and help with all happens on board a yacht.

Our Training Yacht has 3 double cabins and a convertible saloon meaning there is enough room to technically sleep 8. However to keep our guests comfortable we keep our training boat numbers to 5 plus the instructor, but only when cabin arrangements suit. We will not make you share a cabin with a stranger!



Price per person (private cabin) 2 days, 1 Night :


Low Season : €500  

High Season : €550


Low Season : €595  

High Season : €625

The prices for the course include the following:

  • Yacht accomodation and instructor for the duration of the course
  • Bedding and towels onboard
  • All practical course reading material and safety equipment
  • Wet weather gear.
  • Dinghy and Outboard for the duration
  • End cleaning of the yacht

Not included: 

  • Food and drink
  • Flights and transfers 
  • Personal travel insurance 

Discounts : 10% off for returning sailor, 25% off for shared cabin.



Please note that we require at least 3 onboard for a course to take place. We will obviously let you know if there is a possibility of the course not going ahead at least 2 months prior to start date. The course will be fully refundable if this is the case. 

You are also able to book out the entire training yacht if you would prefer one on one instruction. Please contact us for information on this as it will depend on availability of instructors and yachts.  

meet the team

Managed by Sam and Jo (& Loukas) who have been living in Corfu for the last 7 years. Sam is an RYA Yachmaster Instructor and Jo has been sailing all over the world since a small child.

They are backed by professional skippers and boat engineers, all helping to ensure your sailing adventures really is No Stress

explore corfu

Corfu is the most northerly island in the Ionian with gin clear waters, scenic harbours and picture perfect anchorages. The sailing area is largely sheltered by Corfu, Paxos and Anti-Paxos

Gouvia Marina

Gouvia Marina is a large harbour situated in the city of Kontokali. This unique marina will transform a simple holiday into a romantic vacation with your loved one. It has 1235 berths and can accommodation a maximum draught of 5.5m and maximum length of 80m. The marina can be reached by calling VHF69.

harbour guide

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