About Canary Sail

With 15 years experience in the Canaries, we can offer an unrivalled range of RYA Tidal practical and theory sailing courses in the exquisite waters of the Western Canary Islands. We also have sailing yachts 36ft to 50ft available for bareboat or skippered charter.

We are based on both La Gomera, a beautiful unspoiled island a short ferry transfer from Tenerife South and San Miguel Marina near Tenerife South airport (airport code is TFS). Tenerife is served by many airlines from most UK and European airports.

The Canary Islands have a sub-tropical climate that provides ideal sailing conditions and the sun is nearly always shining.

All our Instructors join us from a professional background and have moved to this alternative lifestyle to work with Canary Sail. Most live here permanently and are committed to delivering quality, safe training in a fun atmosphere so that you our clients leave us with a qualification of value, new friends and an intention to return – many do! Our Chief Instructor’s programme of continuous in-house instructor training ensures continuity – whether you return one day or choose to stay for a number of weeks, quality of instruction and delivery of your course will remain consistent.

Our Locations

Two beautiful locations to choose from in the Canaries for superb sailing holidays 
or summer sailing in the Aeolian Islands, Sicily

Our Team

Experienced team of instructors delivering highest quality of sail training

Jim Grey

Principal & Chief Instructor

Armed with sales and marketing experience and a passion for sailing, Jim moved to La Gomera from Ireland 13 years ago. Jim has worked with Canary Sail since its birth back in 2003 and is now owner, Principal and Chief Instructor. Your sail training enquiry is very likely to handled by Jim personally so feel free to ask away.

Eddy Coenen

Yachtmaster Instructor

Eddy is a very enthusiastic and experienced professional instructor who owned a highly successful RYA Training Centre in Belgium for 11 years, delivering courses in both Sail and Power. He sold the business in 2012 and moved, with his wife, to La Gomera to teach sailing in the Canarian sunshine. Not only is Eddy a Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor for both Sail and Power but he is also qualified to teach Power Boat Level 2, VHF/ SRC, ISAF, Sea Survival, First Aid, Diesel Engine, Astro Navigation and PPR.

George Tovey

Yachtmaster Instructor

George is a big fan of the Canary Islands and is a wintertime resident of Tenerife. He is both a Yachtmaster Instructor and SRC Assessor. George likes nothing better than going sailing and has a passion for teaching.

Martin Smith

Yachtmaster Instructor

Having spent many years cruising his own boats in the U.K and Ireland, Martin gave up a full time career in Outdoor Education to work as a sailing school instructor, equally happy working on shorebased courses as well as practical courses onboard.

As a qualified teacher, his easy going patient style suits the sparkling blue waters and relaxed atmosphere of the Canary Islands, a cruising ground he has come to love.

Mark Blakey

Yachtmaster Instructor

After running a successful business for many years in the UK, Mark decided to hang up his suit and become a nautical nomad with his partner Sharon. After arriving in La Gomera in December 2016 he decided to stay put and joined the Canary Sail team. Mark has been a Yachtmaster Instructor and Theory instructor for many years and also works as a yacht delivery skipper

Chavdar Kateliev

Cruising Instructor

Chavdar (known as Choko) has lived in Tenerife since 2009. His hobbies include windsurfing and dinghy sailing and is a tactical coach for his son – Optimist racer. Choko is a recent RYA Cruising Instructor and is fully devoted to making this his future career. Proving very popular with clients, Choko is always positive and smiling

Yakov Ivakhnenko

Russian-Speaking Yachtmaster Instructor

Yakov takes care of our Russian-speaking clients and maintains our Russian website.

As a sailing instructor he regularly comes to Canary Sail to teach practical courses.

He enjoys sailing in round-the-year sunny Canary Islands.

Darrin Lee

Maintenance and Everything Man!

Darrin and his partner, Andrea, came to La Gomera on holiday in the early 2000’s and having fallen in love with the island (are you seeing a theme running through a number of these profiles?!), they upped sticks and travelled, with their Land Rover from the UK to have a year off!  They never left.  Darrin has a talent for getting things done and finding the right way to do them.  A carpenter and keen shotgun enthusiast, Darrin brings his skills (and of course, tools) to Canary Sail.

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A wide range of practical and theory courses offered all year round

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Choose from a variety of sail cruises around the Canary Islands and beyond

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From Bareboat to skippered charter, we have an option to suit your needs

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Recommended accommodation options in La Gomera and Tenerife

Get in Touch

Phone any time on our UK Divert No. (UK call cost): 0044 1252 837648
Phone (USA): 001 855 866-5566
Phone (Spain): 0034 922 141 967

Postal Address:
Apartado 211,
Calle Del Medio, 38800,
San Sebastian de La Gomera,
Islas Canarias, Spain

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