FAQs

What does Canary Sail offer?

Sailing Courses, Fastrack Yachtmaster Offshore programs, mile building Cruises and Charter with or without skipper

Which destination/base should I choose?

Tenerife base for Saturday to Saturday – Courses, Cruising and Charter – convenient 15 mins taxi run from TFS (Tenerife South) airport

La Gomera base for Friday to Friday – Courses, Cruising and Charter – a taste of local Canaries. 20 mins taxi run followed by a 1 hour ferry transfer – worth the extra to get off the beaten track!

Sicily base for Saturday to Saturday – Charter only – cruising around the most beautiful location and Aeolian Islands in this wonderful are of the Med

How many days & nights will I/we stay on board?

In a week with Canary Sail you will complete 6 days of sailing and 7 nights on board

What weather can I expect?

Canary Islands is consistently fine with no great range of temperature through the year. Around 28 degrees in summer and low to mid 20´s during winter months. Evenings can be cooler so a fleece/jacket is advised. Low humidity so insect count is low! Good winds!

What shore based accommodation can you recommend before/after the sailing?

Please see here for our Canaries accommodation tips

For Sicily, please contact us

How do I book a Cruise or Charter?

Select product at top of our home page. Select duration of Cruise/Charter. Proceed to Calendar and select available date

Which RYA Course should I choose?

See “Choosing the right RYA Course for you” here

How do I gain the RYA navigational theory knowledge required?

Sometimes we can arrange classroom theory training. More often clients choose the Splash on line tuition – see here. It is also possible to self learn using books and YouTube RYA classroom videos!

How do I book a practical sailing course?

Currently this is not yet possible on-line as with Cruise and Charter. For availability and on-line payment Contact us

Can I book my own cabin?

Yes! Subject to availability we guarantee you your own cabin for 1 or 2 persons at time of booking

How many others will be on board?

On 36ft yachts max of 4 plus Instructor, 40ft+ 4 sometime 5 plus Instructor (Instructor/Skipper takes the saloon!)

Can we book our own Exclusive Yacht for a Course or Cruise?

Yes, and many do! Minimum number is 2 and max 5 (Course) or up to 9 (cruise 50ft)

What miles will we cover and how many ports will we visit with Canary Sail?

Courses – in excess of 100NM visiting min 3 other ports

Cruises – 200 to 300NM + visiting 4/5 ports

Can I swim off the yacht?

Yes, with the yacht secured at anchor, swimming and lunch is on the agenda!

Can I fish off the yacht?

No, for this you need a special license. Canary Sail is licensed to sail only

Can we whale/Dolphin watch?

We will see the whales and dolphins but are forbidden to follow them without the required license

What airport do I fly to?

Tenerife Base: Tenerife South (TFS) airport (TFN an option)

La Gomera Base: Tenerife South (TFS) airport (TFN an option)

Sicily: Palermo airport (Catania an option)

How do I get from the airport to my chosen sailing base?

Tenerife Base: Take a taxi from the airport direct to marina San Miguel, approx. 15 minutes

La Gomera: Take a taxi from the airport to the harbour in Los Cristianos, where you will catch a ferry Fred Olsen or Armas to San Sebastian, La Gomera.

Sicily: Bus & Train or we arrange collection/drop off for you

What time is check in?

Tenerife base: Latest check in 17.00 (Charter), 18.00 (Course)

La Gomera base: We advise you book a flight that lands no later than 17.00, in order to catch the last ferry from Los Cristianos to San Sebastian, La Gomera

Will I be met on arrival?

La Gomera – We arrange to meet you at the marina office just a few minutes walk from the ferry terminal in San Sebastian and take you to your yacht

Tenerife – We meet you at the San Miguel Marina

Sicily – We meet you at the airport (by special arrangement) or at the Capo de Orlando Marina

Can I leave my bag if arriving earlier than check in?

We can no longer accept early arrivals to the marina or store baggage. Please arrive to the marina at the appointed check in time and your yacht will be ready

Can I have my own key to the marina facilities?

On your arrival we can provide a key against a refundable deposit of €5.00 for use for the duration of your visit. A pair of keys, ladies and gents are provided on board

Are the marinas secure?

The marinas are secured by CCTV, locked pontoons and 24 hour patrolling. Generally crime in the Canaries is not an issue

If I stay for more than a week, do the marinas have laundry facilities?

Yes, in all cases the marinas provide a launderette for washing and drying. We do not allow drying of clothing on the yachts!

What time is check out?

All bases: We kindly ask you to vacate the yacht by 09.30 on the day of departure

What should I pack?

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream (not oil please)
  • Deck shoes or trainers with a non-marking sole (flip flops are not to be worn on board)
  • Sailing gloves
  • Shorts
  • Polo shirts
  • Fleece or jumper for evenings
  • Light jacket for winter months
  • Soft bag as opposed to a hard case
  • Long sleeved shirt if you need to cover up in the sun
  • Baseball/sun hat (preferably with a clip to stop it blowing over board
  • Sea sickness tablets should you need them
  • Holiday insurance to include sailing in territorial waters
  • Passport photo (Skipper Courses, SRC Radio Exams, Yachtmaster Exams)
  • Copies of your sailing qualifications (Charterers only)
  • Credit card for payment of security deposit (Charterers only)

How should I pack?

A soft suitcase or bag is preferable, as they are easier to store on board than a hard case

What’s included in my RYA practical course?

  • Own cabin
  • Provisions for light meals – breakfast & lunch, snacks and soft drinks. Evening meals are taken ashore (when completing a booking form, you will be asked if you have any food allergies)
  • Experienced RYA qualified instructor
  • Wet weather gear (unlikely to be needed)
  • Safety gear, including auto life jacket and safety harness
  • Diesel, gas and marina fees
  • Bed linen & towels
  • Accommodation on board the yacht for the duration of your course
  • Welcome drinks on arrival

What’s included in my cruise?

  • Own cabin
  • Provisions for light meals, cooking meals on board during night sailing, snacks and soft drinks (when completing a booking form, you will be asked if you have any food allergies)
  • Experienced RYA qualified instructor/skipper
  • Wet weather gear (unlikely to be needed)
  • Safety gear, including auto life jacket and safety harness
  • Diesel, gas and marina fees
  • Bed linen & towels (not for the beach!)
  • Accommodation on board the yacht for the duration of your cruise
  • Around 250NM+ (Western) 350NM (Eastern) with 60NM YM qualifying passages for those interested
  • Sail tuition & coaching under way
  • Welcome drinks on arrival

What’s included in my charter?

  • Welcome pack
  • Facility for us to pre-purchase provisions for you
  • Skipper takes the saloon berth (skippered charter only)
  • Safety gear, including auto life jacket and safety harness
  • All latest charts and cruising guide information
  • Marina fees (home port only)
  • Welcome drinks on arrival

What’s not included?

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Meals and drinks ashore
  • Provisions (charters only)
  • Security deposit (charters only)
  • Bed linen (charters only)
  • End clean (charter only)
  • Marina fees away from home port (charter only)
  • Fuel (charters only)

Can I hire wet weather gear?

Wet weather gear is included for RYA courses and cruises. Charterers can hire wet weather gear if required – cost €20 pp/week

Is on-board safety equipment included?

Auto inflate life jackets and safety harnesses are included on all our yachts!

Is there bed linen on board?

Yes, bed linen is included for RYA courses and cruises. Charterers can pay bed linen & towels for €15 per person per week if required

Do you provide towels?

Yes, we supply bath towels, but not beach towels

Am I insured for personal injury whilst on board?

Yes! However, you should take out normal holiday insurance. Check your policy also covers you for leisure sailing in territorial waters – see here if not

What happens in the event that I need to cancel my booking?

Please see our terms and conditions

What charter qualifications do I need?

Bareboat charterers should have at least Day Skipper (daytime sailing only!) or higher. We will take an account of your sailing experience. An ICC or equivalent is also preferable

Do I need to pay a security deposit?

Bareboat charterers will be required to pay a refundable security deposit

I have other questions!

No problem – Contact us here

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Courses

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

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Cruises

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

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Charter

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

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ACCOMMODATION

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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