Summer sailing In the Azores Portugal - Winter sailing in the Canary Islands
Join us for some sunny and exhilarating summer sailing in Portugal, cruise around the Azores or try some winter sailing in the Canary Islands. Enjoy a relaxing week’s sailing or do an RYA training course such as Competent Crew, Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper. Alternatively maybe cruise further afield to Madeira, Gibraltar or even Morocco.
Whatever you choose, our friendly and knowledgeable RYA trained skippers will provide you with an unforgettable holiday experience. We enjoy summer sailing in Portugal and would like to share our passion for sailing with whoever decides to spend some time with us on our boats.
So come along and sail the Canary islands with us this winter or the Azores Portugal in the summer.
Summer Sailing in the Azores (Portugal)
The Azores is situated to the west of Portugal and is several hundred miles out in the Atlantic.There are nine major Azorean islands. Sao Miguel is the largest island, famous for its crater with two adjoining lakes of sapphire blue and emerald green.
Winter sailing in the Canary Islands
Come sail the Canary islands with us,. The perfect mix of short-hop cruising with the feeling of summer sailing but in the winter months. Winter sailing in the Canaries is perfect very little rain, warm sun and plenty to do on land and out in the Atlantic Ocean!
Add a dive session, we're PADI qualified.
Add a PADI Diving Session to your break. Maltese waters are perfect for diving – clear and warm. Anna is an experienced diver and Gareth is a Divemaster. Let us arrange a bespoke sailing and diving experience with qualified instructors.
Read what our guests have said.
If you are novice, be sure that you will come back home with knowledge you would not have expect to gain within one week.
They are definitely patient to give you time to process everything and then they will test the knowledge over and over 😀
You feel safe and secure on their boat so the perfect surrounding to be learning how to sail.
I am glad we landed with Salana and having in my mind to follow a next course one day maybe also with them.
Gareth will be wincing with that butchering of nautical sayings (his own mastermind subject), but I have to say that after spending a full week doing my Day Skipper course with Salana Sailing, I couldn’t have asked for a better combination of top quality patient instruction in such a lovely relaxed social sailing environment. It was my first time doing such a course and I had an absolute ball. The mornings were spent topping up on theory, followed by practical boat manoeuvres and then finishing the day off with lively evenings in local restaurants with excellent company all around. No eye cream will get rid of those laughter lines and I now know the meaning of the saying ‘Three sheets to the wind’! Anna and Gareth are a super couple that work really well together and create a lovely atmosphere on their boats. They go out of their way to make sure you enjoy the sailing experience as much as they do and have words of encouragement for everyone, regardless of their sailing level. It was no surprise to hear that the majority of their clients are repeat business and I for one will be happy to join that crew. Thanks a million to you both xx plus one for Quirky x
I just returned from my Day Skipper Practical course in Malta with Salana Sailing and couldn’t be more pleased with my experience. Gareth is a patient and thorough instructor, who instills his passion for, and knowledge of, sailing with each exercise. He encourages questions and takes ample time to make sure his students are not only capable of completing the syllabus, but also acquire additional practical knowledge that extends beyond the skills outlined for successful course completion. Anna Maria was extremely helpful in helping me make arrangements for the course and was willing to provide many suggestions for activities I might participate in during my post-course stay in Malta. Lastly, the onboard lunches that Gareth made and the evening restaurant choices were great!
Just back from our second fabulous trip with Salana Sailing – this time Tenerife and La Gomera over Christmas and New Year. Brilliant holiday, lovely boat and, as usual, Gareth and Anna were terrific hosts/
skippers/ instructors . I would totally recommend sailing with Salana Sail – whether you’re a newby or an experience d sailor – you’ll have great time!
It was a fantastic week despite the south easterlies! Anna Maria makes everything so easy! We had a lot of fun! Thank you very much for these fantastic days sailing in Tenerife and La Gomera! We would like to do it again!!!
What can I say about Salana Sail? I booked a trip with them for my husband’s 60th birthday with our two teenage girls. The girls and I wanted to do our competent crew and my husband wanted to do his coastal skipper so we were looking someone who could do both. We found Salana through the RYA over the internet and I am always a bit nervous when booking anything over the internet as you never know what you are going to get. I needn’t have worried. Anna was so helpful and reassuring throughout the arrangements and when we met Anna and Gareth at the marina we knew we had made the right choice.
Nothing was too much trouble for Salana Sail. We had a fabulous experience. The highlights for me apart from the excellent tuition were the night sailing and the snorkelling. I also really appreciated Anna and Gareth’s patient but no-nonsense approach to my stroppy 12 year-old daughter who learned loads inspite of herself! My 16 year-old found sailing with the Genoa the best part of the trip and of course my husband was relieved to have passed his Coastal Skipper assessment. The catering was excellent despite the demands of my teenage pescitareans; we particularly enjoyed Anna’s morning smoothies and the first coffee of the morning. We really wished we had booked two weeks as it was by far the best part of our three weeks in Malta. If you are considering booking with them, do it, you won’t be disappointed.
“… Just back from Lanzarote. Great trip. No wind but learnt a lot about sailing longer distances & loved the Moroccan ports” Oct 2016
An interesting journey of 2000 miles on Felicity, from Sicily to Sardinia, Corsica, France, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco and the Canarys. Thanks to Anna and Gareth for preparing the boat so well, and to Gareth for skippering the fleet with his usual good judgement. Felicity was good to sail, and we had everything from mirror calm to strong winds and big seas. All of which was made even better by a seemingly endless supply of fresh tuna form the master fisherman!’ September/October/November 2016
Amazing week on Salana with Anna and Gareth visiting the northern coast of Sicily and the Egadi Islands. We learnt so much and the teaching was excellent. We visited cultural sites, swam and ate amazing food and to top it all we came home with our RYA coastal skipper certificates. It was such a wonderful holiday. Sacha and Brian Kinirons and 19 year old daughter sophie -Ireland Sept 2016
“Gareth, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for an amazing cruise around Malta. Your care of us, in all aspects, was absolutely fantastic. You made us feel so very welcome and your relaxed nature was a delight. We’ve some great memories of a beautiful Island. Sam has asked if we can come back again next year.All the very best, Graham, Gill, Emily, James and Sam the fisherman.”Aug 2015
“Dear Gareth, thank you for the fantastic week and for being such a good instructor and cook for us. We really enjoyed sailing Salana and never imagined our RYA day skipper course could be so cool. ”
“Gareth, Anna & Qwerky thank you for your friendship, instruction, cooking, hospitality, Nespresso machine, local knowledge, sense of humour, patience and of coarse the boat”
“I spent a fantastic week on Salana, sailing from Malta to Pantelleria. It was just the right mixture of fun and learning, and allowed me to brush up on my sailing whilst having a great holiday. Gareth was a top skipper, and made everyone feel at ease. I would recommend sailing with them, whatever your skill level.”
“I would like to report what a fantastic experience I and a group of friends had on Salana last Saturday. She’s a lovely yacht and the crew are very hospitable and great company. Highly recommended.”
“We had an absolutely incredible time on the Yacht. Gareth was so very friendly and made us feel as if the yacht really was “ours” for the day. From the champagne to the fresh cooked lunch, everything was perfect. After sailing the Mediterranean for the past two months all of us in our party agreed this was by far our favourite day of our trip so far. The Sailboat was perfectly maintained and Gareth made us feel incredibly special. We never felt rushed nor as if we were on any schedule but our own. Anna Maria has been so helpful with the booking from start to finish and accommodated our every request. Thank you for giving us a day we will never forget!”
“Fantastic trip yesterday! Thank you Anna and Gareth for having us on board. And lots of laughs about which I will leave others to describe :)”
“We organised an office event on Salana and where truly enchanted by the personalised service we have been given. It was a worthwhile event where we had the opportunity to experience some sailing and bond further amongst ourselves. A must repeat activity.”
“A day on Salana proved to be fun, a learning experience and kept me with the urge to leave the shore and sail once again.”
“What a fantastic week with Emma on Felicity. You understood our request for a holiday with variety and relaxation. We had a great combination of learning new things, having new experiences and relaxing when we wanted to. Every day was different from the gentle sail to Gozo, the ‘epic’ 16 hour return from Syracuse to Grand Harbour arriving at night to fireworks and the anchorage at ‘big hole’. Emma was the perfect hostess and instructor. Highly recommended!”
“Thank you for a great week … I am struggling to think how it could have been better.”
“We had an absolute great day out! Gareth and Anna were amazing, and I was particularly impressed in how they handled Jay and Zak, despite their young age involving them in the sailing and making them feel part of it all. I was impressed the boys did not need their iPad all day! Great hospitality, great sailing boat, lovely people”
“Salana offered tremendous thrills to seasoned sailors whilst never embarrassing a cumbersome, clumsy rookie like myself. Indeed, she made us all feel graceful as she tacked, trimmed and pointed with ease and limitless charm!”
“I have been sailing with Gareth (and more recently, Anna) for over 7 years. There’s a reason I keep going back – experience – both in terms of their ability, and the experience one gets from sailing with them. The local knowledge of the Maltese islands means you’ll drop the pin in some of the most beautiful of bays and when required, will always get a table at the best restaurants available. Go enjoy!”
“Huge credit to Gareth and Anna Maria who were able to astutely assess levels of experience, and interest, to tailor every individual’s requirements. Taking helm on this beautiful yacht was a dream, she is fast as well as forgiving… even when I stalled the sails! A truly special day, and one to remember…”
Winter Sailing Canaries
The Canary islands provide sailing conditions that will leave you exhilarated and wanting more. Shorts and t-shirt sailing in the middle of winter! Winter in the Canary Islands is a joy. Cruise the islands from Tenerife to Fuertevenura, see a different perspective. So come along and sail the Canary islands with us.
Sail Training Lanzarote
Salana Sailing is a recognised RYA Training Centre so we can offer a wide range of RYA courses including Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper, put the theory into practice immediately in the sunshine! We also offer mile building trips for those of you who dream of becoming Yacht Masters and/or Ocean passages for your Yacht Master Ocean qualification.
Come and experience what a real long distance racing cruiser can do. We have added a beautiful Swan 56 called Zingala to the fleet so you can experience much longer ocean passages in complete comfort and safety. Zingala has had a total refit to incorporate all the latest equipment. We will be visiting the Madiera islands and the Azores in 2019. So if your looking for milage, Ocean sightings or just the tranquility of the sea this is the yacht for you.