Skye is a great place to learn and develop your sailing skills – Portree Harbour and its backdrop of the Cuillin Hills truly is a marvellous place to sail.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are not presently taking bookings for our summer school. We hope this situation will change soon as further guidance on the route out of lockdown is made available by the Scottish Gorvernment and RYA Scotland.

Summer Sailing School

happy girls sail skyeYouth courses during the school summer holidays for ages 10 – 16.

A 4 day sailing course working through the RYA youth syllabus stages 1 – 4. Most youth sailors manage to complete a stage each summer.

During the 4 day course we work through the required content, yet take time to practice skills, build water confidence and have some fun with a few beach games.

Instruction is delivered by RYA Qualified Instructors and supervised by our RYA Senior Instructor to ensure our high standard in training and safety a maintained.

The course is 4 days, Monday to Thursday starting at 10.30am and finishing at 4pm each day. We keep Fridays open as a spare day. If we get bad weather, then we may offer the Friday as a replacement day.

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Rudeigin ùr airson 2019

Rudeigin ùr airson 2019 - agus tha sinn a' smaoineachadh gur e seo a' chiad turas a thachair rudeigin dhen leithid! As t-samhradh, tha Sgoil Seòlaidh an Eilein Sgitheanaich toilichte a bhith ag obair còmhla ri Alice Meaden, tidsear seòlaidh a tha a' tighinn thugainn às na Hearadh agus aig a bheil Gàidhlig! Bidh Alice a' lìbrigeadh cùrsa RYA tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig an t-seachdain a thòisicheas le 15 an t-Iuchar.

'S ann dha inbhich (16+) a bhios an cùrsa RYA Ìre 1+2 seo, agus tha 6 àitichean rim faodainn. Thèid an cùrsa seo a lìbhrigeadh tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig aig a h-uile cothrom. 'S e deagh chothrom a bhios ann, an dà chuid ur sgilean seòlaidh agus ur cuid Ghàidhlig a thaobh seòlaidh.

Air sàillibh àireamhan sna clasaichean agus àireamh nan geòlaichean, chan eil mòran àitichean rim faodainn air a' chùrsa.

Clàraichibh fhèin tron làrach-lìn, ach leig fios dhan chlub cuideachd gur e neach-labhairt na Gàidhlig a th' annaibh.

Something new for 2019 - and we think it might be a first! This summer Skye Sailing Club is delighted to be working with Alice Meaden, a Gaelic-speaking Sailing Instructor from the Isle of Harris. Alice will deliver the RYA accredited sailing course through Gaelic medium on the week commencing 15 July.

This RYA level 1&2 course will run for adults (16+) with 6 places available. Wherever possible the content will be delivered through Gaelic medium. Its a great opportunity to develop both your sailing skills and Gaelic.

Due to class sizes and the number of dinghies available places will be limited.

Bookings should be made via the website but please also contact the club to confirm you are a Gaelic speaking sailor.

Adult Sailing Courses

We run sailing courses for adults that are spread over evening and weekend sessions. This suits many adults who don’t have the luxury of school holidays.

Level 1

Each summer we at least one RYA Level 1 course. This teaches the basic skills to sail a small boat. The course covers many practical skills including launching and recovery, tacking & gybing, upwind and down wind sailing and of course how to quickly recover a capsized boat.

Level 1 is completed over consecutive 4 sessions.

  • Saturday (10.30am – 4.00pm)
  • Tuesday Evening (6.30pm – 8.30pm)
  • Tuesday Evening (6.30pm – 8.30pm)
  • Saturday (10.30am – 4.00pm)

The dates can be checked on our summer calendar.

After completing the level 1 course we encourage you to attend our club sessions to practice your new skills.

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Level 2

When there is demand we can offer dates for a Level 2 course which take adults sails on to refine skills and add further theory.


From time to time we may offs single day workshops where we will offer a day’s instructor focusing in on particular skills. This may cover topics such as Up Wind Sailing, Sailing with Spinnakers, Trapezing or Racing.

All Adult courses are delivered by RYA qualified Instructors supervised by our RYA Senior Instructor.

General information

righting capsize fun skye sailing clubCourses begin at 10.30am and end around 4.00pm.

All course participants must become members of the club. However, there is a 30 day membership category which is ideal for those who do not expect to participating in the weekly club nights.

We can cater for family groups wishing to learn together. If booking as a family, we are able to begin our courses with juniors aged below 10 – but please contact us before booking to discuss details.

Courses will use various dinghies (new in 2016) and include:

  • Topper Taz – a great boat for juniors whether starting out or experienced
  • Topper Club – a single handed boat giving you full control and sometimes a swim
  • Topper Race – the ubiquitous dinghy with all the string and tweaky bits for racers
  • RS Feva – great two-junior boat with spinnaker - can be a handful for an adult too…
  • Laser Bahia – perfect family boat with space for sandwiches and granddad
  • RS Quest – new design technology for trapeze artists and explorers alike

You will need to bring with you:

  • Towel (you will get wet)
  • Non-marking grippy soled trainers (they will get wet)
  • Boardshorts or sports shorts for over the wetsuit (helps with moving around the boat)
  • Packed lunch
  • Warm clothes to change in to at the end
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to get wet!

We will provide:

  • RYA qualified Instructors
  • Qualified Safety Boat operators
  • Wetsuit if you do not have your own
  • Buoyancy aid
  • RYA Certification (if achieved) where offered as part of the course


The club offers many water based activities to the Isle of Skye community.

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The club calendar lists out all the club events and courses.

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We are a Royal Yachting Association affiliated Club and Training Centre.

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