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The most experienced RYA sailing school in the Algarve region

Breaking News..!!

We are really excited to announce that the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has approved Faro Sailing School as a motor yacht training centre, and we are now able to offer the full range of RYA motor yacht training in addition to sailing courses and lots more besides.

So if you:

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  • are a complete beginner, we would love to teach you the basics to make you safe and happy out on the water
  • fancy a river cruise along the River Guadiana which flows as the border between Spain and Portugal for over 60 navigable miles inland or up the Guadalquivir river to Seville
  • would like to gain your RYA Day Skipper Motor licence, or for the more experienced, your RYA Coastal Skipper, we can offer great tidal experience
  • want to complete miles in tidal waters along the Portuguese and Spanish Algarve as far as Gibraltar and go abroad across to Morocco
  • need a licence to work commercially, we can offer preparation weeks run by an experienced Yachtmaster Examiner to gain your RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Power Certificate of Competence

Faro Sailing can offer the perfect package for you!

We have so much to share with you that it will take us a week or so to update our website but in the meantime please email or call us for further details.

Faro Sailing School is a fully recognised RYA Training Centre offering a full range of RYA/MCA practical and shorebased sailing and motor courses and holidays all year round. From beginner to expert, Faro Sailing School offers all levels of coaching for sailing and motor.

The school is run by the Principal and Chief Instructor, Peter Lightfoot. Faro Sailing School is a long established RYA sailing school in the Portuguese Algarve/Spanish Costa de la Luz area, now in its eighteenth year of operation.

The Principal, Peter

Peter is a fully qualified RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean, Yachtmaster Instructor, Yachtmaster and Cruising Instructor Trainer 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 23 years, Peter has been teaching RYA sailing courses on a full-time basis.


Lorie runs the office. Originally with a corporate background in IT, she 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. 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 Ayamonte, Spain, just a 40 minute drive from Faro airport in Portugal 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 Ayamonte and so enjoys ample facilities including showers, restaurants, shops, banks and free car parking.

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.

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.

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