The most experienced RYA sailing school in the Algarve
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Faro Sailing School is a fully recognised RYA Training Centre offering a full range of RYA/MCA practical and shorebased sailing courses and holidays all year round. From beginner to expert, Faro Sailing School offers all levels of coaching for sailing.
The school is run by the Principal and Chief Instructor, Peter Lightfoot and his partner, Lorie. Peter and Lorie have a wealth of experience of running an RYA sailing school having successfully run Ibiza Sailing School in the Balearics for five years prior to setting up Faro Sailing School in the Algarve, now in its thirteenth year of operation.
Peter is a fully qualified RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean, Yachtmaster Instructor and an Examiner. There is not much that Peter doesn´t know about boats having been sailing and involved with boats all of his life.
It´s as if he were born with a mainsheet in one hand and a tiller in the other.
One of our students once said of Peter "It´s as if he were born with the mainsheet in one hand and the tiller in the other".
By the age of twelve, Peter was a competitive dinghy sailor and at the age of twenty-one became a professional Skipper of large sailing yachts, and has gained a wealth of experience sailing in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean including several transatlantic passages between the two.
For the last 18 years, Peter has been teaching RYA sailing courses on a full-time basis.
Lorie, originally with a corporate background in IT, is also a fully qualified RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean and teaches shorebased courses. A former Cruising Instructor with over 10,000 miles under her belt, Lorie has now hung up her sailing boots temporarily to raise a family.
Lorie is responsible for administration and will be more than happy to book your course or charter, assist with arranging any shorebased accommodation you may need and help you with any queries you might have. She will ensure everything runs smoothly for you from the time you arrive until the time you leave for your journey home. All you need to arrange yourself is your flights (click here for flight links) and travel insurance.
The school is based in the marina of Vila Real de Santo Antonio, just a 40 minute drive from Faro airport and situated right on the Portuguese/Spanish border on the bank of the stunningly beautiful river Guadiana. The marina is right in the heart of Vila Real de Santo Antonio and so enjoys ample facilities including showers, restaurants, shops, banks and free car parking. With several waterside café bars, it is an excellent place to relax after a great days sailing.
Our unique location, on the border between two very different countries provides a perfect base from which to explore the many lovely anchorages, estuaries and marinas along the Portuguese and Spanish coastlines. Gibraltar, Morocco and the Mediterranean are just round the corner providing great variety for our milebuilding weeks.
Why choose us?
At Faro Sailing School, our emphasis is on creating a relaxed atmosphere by providing a personal, friendly and above all, professional service resulting in an enjoyable learning experience you will remember. Our unique location in the estuary of the Guadiana river, which is navigable up to 27 miles inland, allows us to sail all year round regardless of the weather, guaranteeing that you will sail every day of your practical course and no days will be lost due to bad weather. One thing is certain, you will receive expert tuition whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced sailor and you will leave Faro Sailing School more confident in your abilities and therefore better equipped to enjoy your sailing.