Category: Learn to Sail

Category: Learn to Sail

Yachting – Chasing the Good Life

Chasing pirates

A little piece of trivia about yachting that is fun to bring out if you are enjoying an afternoon on a friend's yacht is that the word “yacht” is actually Dutch and the original spelling is “Jacht”.  The translation of the original word is “hunt” because the yacht was created to give the Dutch navy a tool to hunt down pirates in shallow water.  But these days we are far more interested in chasing the good life on board a luxury yacht than going after pirates.


Lifestyle choice

It didn’t take long for yachting to become a lifestyle choice for those that could afford such luxury.  It is fascinating that yachting was enjoyed as far back as the early 1800s where there are references in history that King Charles II was a huge yachting enthusiast.  So we are in good company if we have come to love yachting too and its small wonder that it makes us feel like kings and queens when we are on board a luxury yacht cruising entirely for our pleasure.

Some like it hot

Today when you think of the word “yacht”, you almost always associate it with private boats kept for the pleasure of those who can afford a large seafaring ship dedicated to relaxation, romance and pleasure.  That image is wonderfully displayed in the delightful movie Some like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis in which Tony tells the sexy “Sugar” played by Marilyn that he is waiting for a signal from his wine steward on board his yacht for the time to return from the beach for cocktails.


Yachting – Motor or sail?

When you start to think about the kind of yacht you wish to buy or charter, you have a few decisions to make.  For one thing, you can buy a sailing or motorised yacht.  Sailing seems so natural and you don’t have to carry as much fuel (although a good sailing yacht will still have some ability to get to shore using a motor so you are never in danger of being stranded).   Also what a wonderful way to pass the morning watching the crew of your yacht put up and manoeuvre the sails to get you surfing the winds at sea and letting them take you along.

Buying a yacht

A yacht is almost always a large boat except perhaps if it is devoted to racing.  But for luxury and relaxation, having plenty of space on the yacht is important.  If you are going to buy a new yacht, you should walk the boat over many times and picture different ways you will entertain family and friends and be sure you have plenty of accommodations not only for the largest party you might take with you to sea but also for a good sized crew you will have along to care for the yacht itself as well as for you and your guests.  Your chef should have an ample galley with room for plenty of provisions if you want to stock the yacht for several days or weeks at sea.  And there should be the proper facilities to store fine wines and other beverages for your wine steward to work with during your voyage.

By making sure your yacht is well designed for the lifestyle you want during your outings, you will get lots of good use from it each year.  And if you are going to charter, you can look forward to bringing your same high standards to picking just the right yacht, captain and crew each time as well so your adventure at sea is just as enjoyable and luxurious as you always wanted it to be.

Learning to sail

Not many people know that you can actually learn to sail in just a couple of days, OK, you won’t be competing with salty sea dogs after just a short time, but you will know your Port from your Starboard, you’ll also learn some basic rope work, how to enter and exit a marina, maritime rules and many other things necessary to make you feel safe out on the water – Read learn to sail in Majorca.

If you want to learn to sail on a structured course, then RYA sailing courses are perfect for this. For many people, sailing and spending time out on the water is the ultimate leisure pursuit, for others, it is part of their job.

Whether you are a complete beginner hoping to find your sea legs for the first time, or a salty sea dog keen to build new skills and experience, there are RYA Training Centres on the island who can help you to achieve your goals via fun & challenging training in the stunning surroundings of the beautiful Balearic Islands. Whether you want to learn to sail a dinghy or move onto something bigger like a cruising yacht, there is a RYA training course designed for you. These courses will equip you with the skills and learning to be confident out at sea, whether in your own boat or a charter yacht – Read RYA sailing courses.

Learning to motorboat

Sailing is not for everyone; many people prefer the simplicity of a motorboat compared to handling ropes and sails. Of course, until you have experienced motor boating, you’ll never really know if it is for you and that’s why taking part on a learn to motorboat course is a great idea – Read learn to motorboat.

Sailing can be quite physical involving lots of rope work, it can also be quite tricky to master. Many people prefer motorboating, it is less physical, not reliant on wind conditions and usually a lot faster than sailing. Sea schools on the island run a number of RYA motor courses for those who enjoy motorboating, ranging from an introduction to motor cruising for complete beginners to advanced pilotage to Yachtmaster – Read RYA motor courses.

Learn to sail in Majorca

Learning how to sail

Learn to sail Majorca – updated 14 February 2023.

Sailing is a fun and exciting way to explore the island of Majorca. With its calm waters, gentle winds, and stunning coastline, Majorca is the perfect place to learn how to sail. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced sailor, there are plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and experience the thrill of sailing on the open sea.

Not many people know that you can actually learn to sail in just a couple of days, OK, you won’t be competing with salty sea dogs after just a short time, but you will know your Port from your Starboard, you’ll also learn some basic rope work, how to enter and exit a marina, maritime rules and many other things necessary to make you feel safe out on the water.

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A boater’s paradise

There’s no doubt about it, the island of Mallorca is beautiful. It can take a couple of weeks to really see the best the island has to offer, from picturesque coastal villages to majestic mountain views, Mallorca provides many opportunities to take picture-perfect photographs – however to really see just how beautiful the island is, it should be viewed from the water!

With hidden bays that can only be accessed by boat, perfect non-tidal waters, incredible weather and stunning views, Mallorca is a boater’s paradise and one of the best places in the world to learn to sail.

There are a few different ways to find your sea legs on a sailboat, which for obvious reasons should always be with reputable and qualified instructors using boats and equipment that are fit for purpose.

There are many sailing schools and yacht clubs on the island that offer courses for sailors of all levels. These courses typically cover topics like sail trimming, tacking and jibing, navigation, and safety. You’ll also learn how to read the wind and the sea, and how to manoeuvre the boat in various weather conditions.

Sailing Schools

Port Calanova near Palma is the home of the National Sailing School, and they provide dinghy sailing courses for all levels and all age groups. The facilities and equipment are excellent, and their instructors are highly qualified with many years of experience so they are the perfect choice for you to learn to sail.

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Start Yachting course

For those who fancy something a bit bigger than a dinghy, there are a couple of sailing schools on the island who provide a 2 day Start Yachting course with no prior experience or knowledge. It is perfectly OK to learn to sail in a larger vessel, sailing experience does not have to begin in a dingy.

Sailing experience days

Known as sailing experience days, these short courses are designed to make you fall in love with sailing and include plenty of time to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean sun and scenery in addition to learning the basics of boat handling, get some experience steering a yacht, rope work, sail handling and safety on board.

One of the best things about learning to sail on Majorca is the opportunity to explore the island’s stunning coastline and hidden coves. Whether you’re cruising along the coast or stopping to swim and snorkel in one of the island’s many secluded coves, sailing is a great way to see the island from a unique perspective.

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Sailing bug

Once you’ve mastered the basics and have the ‘sailing bug’, there are further courses available from sailing for complete beginners to becoming qualified as a skipper. There really is no better place in Europe to learn how to sail.

Boat charter

If you get the sailing bug, the time will come soon when you will want to take that next step in providing a wonderful get away experience for your family by purchasing a yacht.

Perhaps you have been thinking about buying a yacht and taking lessons to learn how to use it. Many sea schools provide own-boat training so that really is an option.

It might be that you are not familiar enough yet with what might go with yacht ownership so you want to enjoy some outings on a yacht with just you and your family before making that decision.

Another drawback for some is the overhead of taking care of a yacht, particularly off season when you really don’t want to think about the boat. But you still have to have it stored and cared for and then conditioned to go on the water when you are ready. While you can hire people to do all that, it does seem like a lot of trouble, particularly if you don’t know if a yacht is a good fit to your lifestyle. So a good option is to charter a yacht for a week or so to enjoy the experience of yachting while you make the decision about ownership.

The Mallorca Insider have teamed up with SEARADAR to provide a professional concierge service specialising in sailing & motor yacht rentals.

Via SEARADAR’s website, anyone can rent a yacht just like they book a hotel or airplane tickets. On top of that, they provide a concierge team which is ready to support you should you have any questions. Boat charter is also available with a skipper & crew so no worries if you do not have an appropriate licence.

In conclusion, learning to sail on the island of Majorca can be a fun and rewarding experience. By taking a course with a certified instructor and following proper safety protocols, you can enjoy all that the island has to offer while navigating its stunning coastline with confidence. So why not take the plunge and start your sailing adventure today?

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