Sailing

Sailing Holidays

Whether you're looking to gain a qualification or you're just sailing for fun, our sailing holidays are suitable for all. With first class tuition from Royal Yachting Association (RYA) instructors and top notch equipment, you’ll have the best possible introduction to sailing at stunning locations in Turkey and Greece.

Sailing holidays in Greece and Turkey

Our free group sailing clinics run five days a week at all of our resorts across our summer resorts in Greece and Turkey. Each clinic is tailored to ability, from beginners classes through to sessions designed to improve your sailing skills and racing techniques. If you’re looking to gain a qualification, we run Royal Yachting Association (RYA) accredited sailing courses for both adults and kids. And if you want to get really serious about honing the craft, we can provide private, one-on-one tuition, too.

Sailing Regatta Weeks

Our Mark Warner Sailing Regatta Weeks will take place this summer at our Phokaia Beach Resort on the weeks of the 18th June and 1st October, and Lemnos Beach Resorts on the week of the 13th September 2024.  

The dinghy racing week involves a variety of fun and competitive dinghy and multihull racing, coupled with race tuition, clinics and feedback sessions to improve your performance. There is no charge for the sailing regatta weeks, however we would ask that you select the Regatta Week option when you are choosing your activities during the booking process.


A catamaran sailing on the water

Our top sailing locations

All of our wonderful Beach Resorts in Greece and Turkey offer a full range of sailing equipment and courses to get you going. 

There are nuances between them, but definitely something for sailors of all standards from novices to experts. 

KamariBEACH RESORT

  • LocationRhodes, Greece, Greece

Our Kamari Beach Resort in Rhodes was made for incredible sailing moments. The resort is located on the east coast of the island, where a moderate breeze and abundance of sunshine provide the perfect conditions for getting out on the water. The resort has an uninterrupted beachfront that lends itself to learning turns. It’s also the best destination in our portfolio for experienced sailors, with a wide choice of intermediate and advanced courses available. With stunning natural scenery, a rich history and picturesque beaches too, you’ve got all the ingredients for an unforgettable sailing holiday. If you’re looking for sailing holidays that are the perfect blend of challenge and fun, Kamari is your destination.

Aeolian VillageBEACH RESORT

Another great choice for advanced sailors, our Aeolian Village Beach Resort sits beneath the dramatic hillside in its own quiet corner of Eressos beach. Sail in the beautiful bay of Eressos and enjoy the dramatic scenery of Lesvos.

  • LocationLesvos, Greece, Greece

PalerosBEACH RESORT

Best for beginners and intermediate sailors, Paleros Beach Resort has a swooping bay that makes the most of a natural breeze. The position of the resort gives it the feeling of being in a landlocked bay, which naturally stops any harsh winds.

  • LocationIonian Coast, Greece, Greece

PhokaiaBEACH RESORT

Phokaia Beach Resort is a strong choice for a sailing holiday.  The resort has a west-facing bay that picks up gentle winds in the morning, making it great for absolute beginners, increasing in the afternoon to suit a more advanced sailor.

  • LocationFoça, Turkey, Turkey

LemnosBEACH RESORT

Lemnos Beach Resort is arguably one of the most stunning locations to learn to sail in the Mediterranean with a stretching bay. Best for beginners and intermediate sailors, Lemnos is one of the least-touristy Greek islands and provides an authentic taste of Aegean living.

  • LocationLemnos, Greece, Greece

Free group sailing clinics and tuition

We offer group sailing clinics that run throughout the week and are tailored to ability on Mark Warner holidays. Groups are run to RYA teaching ratios, 6 to 1 for beginner sessions and 9 to 1 for intermediate sessions. Simply come along to the waterfront briefing at the beginning of your holiday and sign up. 

Refresher Sailing

If you haven't sailed in a while, then this one hour session will refresh your memory and skills.

Price Free

1 hour session

Introduction to Sailing

For those who have not sailed before, learn the basics which will have you out on the water in no time, and enjoy the thrills of sailing a singlehanded dinghy on your own or learn in a crew dinghy with the instructor on board.

Price Free

3 hours tuition, usually in the mornings

Introduction to sailing PLUS

A further three hours of informal instruction, that leads on from where your Introduction to sailing sessions ended. Group session with a maximum of 6 people.

Price Free

3 hours tuition

Improver Sailing

Keen to progress your sailing skills and enhance your technique? These sessions will improve your boat handling, introduce you to other dinghies like Lasers, introduce race techniques and catamaran sailing. Then join these clinics across your holiday week.

Price Free

5 x 1½ hour sessions, afternoons

Improver Sailing PLUS

Aimed at experienced sailors wishing to advance their sailing skills. Our instructors will tailor these sessions according to your requirements, whether it be better Laser techniques or learning to trapeze.  Join these clinics across your holiday week.

Price Free

Free 5 x 1½ hour sessions. (Subject to demand)

Improver Sailing & Improver Sailing Plus

Improver Sailing & Improver Sailing Plus are fantastic ways of getting aspects of your RYA further courses signed off. If you are keen to do these sessions, please remember to bring along your RYA logbook and your instructors can help you get skills ticked off.

Price Free

5 x 1 ½ hours, afternoons

RYA sailing adult courses

Our RYA accredited resorts teach the National Sailing Scheme. This gives you the chance to earn a recognised, certified qualification—ideal if you are interested in owning a dinghy or joining a sailing club.

The minimum age for adult courses is 14 years. Following the successful completion of the course, you’ll be awarded an RYA certificate and log book. Courses can be pre-booked when you complete your booking journey, but some may only be booked in the resort and are subject to local taxes. 

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RYA Start Sailing (Level 1)

The beginner's course. Run throughout the course of the week, Start Sailing teaches the fundamentals of sailing. By the end of the course, participants will have a basic understanding of sailing across wind, turning the boat and how to recover from a capsize.

*In resort price – subject to exchange rate and local taxes.

Price Pre-booked price £100*

4 half days

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RYA Basic Skills (Level 2)

Taking you to the next level, this course consolidates the skills learnt on the Start Sailing course, building confidence and sets out the foundations of sailing. By the end of it you'll be a competent sailor in good conditions.  Entry level – Sailing skills to the standard of Level 1 Start Sailing.

*In resort price – subject to exchange rate and local taxes.

Price Pre-booked price £100*

4 half days

RYA further sailing modules

Guests wishing to gain further skills in sailing can join the inclusive Improver and Improver Plus clinics in the afternoons. If there are specific skills you would like to get through, please speak to our instructors once in resort and they will programme the week to include those skills, which can then be signed off in their RYA logbooks.

Private sailing tuition

Also available are private tuition and parent and child joint lessons.

Please note: all courses booked in resort are subject to local taxes.

Private sailing tuition

Available for all levels of sailor, this lesson is tailored to your needs and is for both adults and children. Booked in resort with a maximum of two participants.

Please note: All courses booked in resort are subject to local taxes.

Price €80

1 x 60 minute lesson

Parent and child sailing lesson

A gentle sail with an instructor to help you gain confidence to sail with your child. Booked and paid locally in resort.

Please note: All sessions booked in resort are subject to local taxes.

Price 30 Minutes, £31*

RYA sailing youth courses

Our youth courses invite kids to gain an RYA qualification. Offering a fun and educational experience with structured and progressive learning, the courses are delivered under the watchful eye of our experienced RYA qualified instructors. 

The scheme links with the adult programme, allowing for a smooth transition as your children's skills develop. Following their successful course, the young people will be awarded an RYA certificate at the end.  We recommend you pre-book in the UK. All courses booked in resort are subject to local taxes.




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RYA Sailing Stage 1 (Age 6–13 years)

Introduces younger sailors to the basics of launching and recovering, steering, parts of the boat and basic sailing.

*In resort Price – subject to exchange rate and local taxes.

Price Pre-booked price £65*

4 half days

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RYA Sailing Stage 2 (Age 6–13 years)

Increases the ability of the young sailor's basic sailing skills, rope work and collision avoidance. At the end of the course they will be able to tack and control boat speed and leave and return to shore. 

*In resort Price – subject to exchange rate and local taxes.

Price Pre-booked price £65*

4 half days

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RYA Sailing Stage 3 (Age 8–13 years)

Required experience – Sailing skills to the standard of Stage 2. Focuses on rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques, capsize recovery and sailing theory. By the end of the course the young sailor will be able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle with confidence in moderate conditions. 

*In resort Price – subject to exchange rate and local taxes.

Price Pre booked price £65*

4 half days, usually afternoons

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RYA Sailing Stage 4 (Age 8–13 years)

Required experience – Sailing skills to the standard of Stage 3. Teaches sailing techniques including launch, mooring and recovery manoeuvres in crewed boats and recovering man overboard.

*In resort Price – subject to exchange rate and local taxes.

Price Pre booked price £65*

4 half days, usually afternoons

Fun Sailing Races

Sunset Challenge

The Mark Warner Sunset Challenge, held at the end the day is a fun and competitive race.

*Not offered during multi-transfer weeks in high season at Paleros or Phokaia.

The Big Race

At the end of your week, whether you have learnt to sail or are at the top of your game, your skills will be tested in the Big Race. Three fun but competitive races run on your last afternoon.  All levels welcome to enter, conditions allowing. Sign up on the last day.

*Not offered during multi-transfer weeks in high season at Paleros and Phokaia.

Sailing Regatta Weeks

We are very pleased to announce the return of our Mark Warner Sailing Regatta Weeks at our Phokaia and Lemnos Beach Resorts for 2024.

Designed for anyone interested in dinghy racing (with the emphasis on ‘racing’) be it to learn, improve or just looking to have some fun racing. This week involves a variety of fun and competitive dinghy and multihull racing, coupled with race tuition, clinics and feedback sessions to boost your performance.

Sailing Regatta Weeks

Entry level
RYA Start Sailing Level 1 or Young Sailors Scheme Stage 1 & 2 (at least) or equivalent standard is required for entry to this regatta week.

There in no charge for the week, however we would ask that you select the Regatta Week option when you are choosing your activities during the booking process on this website or over the phone to help with organisation.

  • Phokaia Beach Resort, Turkey on the weeks of 18th June and 1st October 24
  • Lemnos Beach Resort, Lemnos on the week of 13th September 24

Price Free