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!
So I’ve just completed my ‘Competent Crew’ with Salana Sailing, and I heartily recommend it! This was the first time I’d been sailing, and my word, Salana Sailing was totally the right choice in choosing to take those first steps with, because I’m hooked! Run by a wonderful couple, and experiencing this week with one half of this engaging duo, I was totally put at ease straight away.
Gareth provided such a wide breadth of knowledge of sailing that was comforting, without being overwhelming. From those first steps of safety instructions, and motoring out of the marina, to really getting into the nitty gritty physical side of sailing, I really felt it was within my grasp.
Malta is such a beautiful country to run this course in! To see it from the water really brought that beauty to another dimension! Gareth’s vast local knowledge meant that we could anchor up in the stunning Mgarr ix-Xini for example. The setting of the Bradgelina movie ‘By The Sea,’ (terrible movie but picturesque setting) Gareth was exceptional in explaining everything in detail so that we easily understood what was required of us, and how to sail safely.
Thank you Salana Sailing for an amazing week, and I can’t wait for the next step, day skipper!
We sailed with Anna and Gareth for 6 days/5 nights in Malta this last August. It was our first sailing experience ever and feared a bit how it would go with our family of 4 kids.
It turned out to be a great experience, the kids never got bored and I liked it so much that I want to go back on my own and take the skipper course. My wife also loved it, which is quite an achievement to have hyper active me and super relaxed her both love it.
Noticeable items include:
1. Gareth and Anna being super nice, dedicated, they spent so much time with the kids to make them also enjoy their experience: knot making competition, dinky tours, dyi boat construction, skip the boat yourself,… all great for our seven years old twins boys.
2. The boat is very comfortable: beds are all comfortables and large, two showers, two bathrooms, fridge, freezer,… Everything you need is there. A tip anyway: fight the get to sleep in front cabin, which is by far the largest one!
3. Anna does the cooking as well, some of the dishes she made are just delicious, like the maltese rabbit for example. And she also spots really well when to pull out the fresh bottle of white wine and start the short drinks moment.
4. Anna was also veru helpful when we planned the trip, she took her time to answer our questions and made it really clear what to expect and what not to expect on the boat.
Salana Sailing is by far the best way to complete your Day Skipper theory and practical course. If you want to immerse yourself in sun, sea and great company, look no further! I’ve just returned from Malta, where my theory and practical training was all done on the boat over a period of two weeks. This is definitely the best way to learn, understand, and enjoy sailing. Gareth and Anna are fantastic instructors, whose love of sailing is the most beautiful gift you will take away with you when you return home. I look forward to my next trip on Salana in the Canary Islands!
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/
Maria & Manuel
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”
“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!”
“Gareth, Anna & Qwerky thank you for your friendship, instruction, cooking, hospitality, Nespresso machine, local knowledge, sense of humour, patience and of coarse the boat”
Silvia & Pierre
“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, 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.
“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…”
“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!”
“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!”
“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”
“Thank you for a great week … I am struggling to think how it could have been better.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 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!”
“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.”
“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.”