Sunsail has an excellent five day learn to sail course in Phuket called the RYA Competent Crew course. It introduces the complete beginner to cruising under sail, and enables them to become an active crew member. This is achieved over 100 miles at sea in tidal waters and four hours of night sailing.
Sunsail’s base at Ao Po Marina has excellent facilities and is the starting point for a Phuket sailing holiday or learn to sail course, exploring the beautiful beaches and warm turquoise waters of the surrounding Andaman Sea.
With towering limestone peaks, offshore marine preserves, world-class diving and excellent sailing, a Phuket yacht charter or sailing school ticks all the boxes.
Visit Koh Phing Kan, the ‘James Bond Island’ where they shot The Man With The Golden Gun, and Maya Bay, the movie location for The Beach, stopping off along the way at sophisticated resorts with lively nightlife or rugged uninhabited islands for peace and tranquility.
The best conditions in Phuket are over the summer months when there are steady winds and a tidal range of 2 – 3 metres meaning that you will get tidal endorsements on any qualifications taken.
Easy passages and secure anchorages make a Phuket yacht charter in the protected waters of the Andaman Sea and Phang-Nga Bay an absolute pleasure for sailors. Daytime temperatures average 32 C (89 F) from July to February; from March to June it is hotter.
Winds range from 5 – 20 knots (5 – 23 Mph), SW from May to October when winds are at their strongest, and NE from November to April.
Combining a schools course here with a yacht charter or holiday ashore, really will give you a sailing school experience to remember.
The Phuket Sailing School is open year round and the course gives students a sound knowledge and understanding of the yacht and all the basic sailing techniques including rope work, mooring up and casting off.