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Leading Sail Training Provider
Like Never Before
RYA Training Centre
An Experience not to Forget
We have now completed 10 years of operation and are proud to be the longest standing RYA sailing school in Portugal. We pride ourselves in providing excellent and realistic tidal training from our base in Marina de Lagos on the beautiful Algarve, Portugal – the jewel in the crown of the entire coast.
We offer the entire range of RYA courses connected with sail training. From theory to practical with all the one-day courses available to support your learning in safety – the only school in Portugal to do so. Learn to sail from Start Yachting through to Yachtmaster Ocean aboard one of our superb privately owned yachts in glorious year-round conditions.
Have a read of our testimonials below to see what our customers think or why not do your own research on the popular forums!?
*Please note, numbers can be increased to 5 to accommodate families/group bookings if necessary. We also offer enhancements such as our ‘Optimum’ program where numbers are further limited to just three or even two in our 'Optimum Plus' courses. The choice really is yours.
Our approach is both personal and professional and your enjoyment as well as learning are clearly very important to us. The Algarve provides us with an excellent training ground with many marinas and anchorages to visit whilst having year-round sailing conditions and realistic tides. There are challenging river entrances and easy through to complex pilotage exercises on hand, plenty of attractive anchorages and coastline views and masses of open water to get your sail trim just right. Whatever your current level and requirements we will do our very best to meet your needs and ensure that you leave us having built on what you already know and looking forward to your next sailing experience whether that is more training or a flotilla type holiday, charter or racing event .
As well as sail training we can also offer yacht charter with or without tuition so why not incorporate a family holiday with improving your sailing skills as well as enjoying sailing off the beautiful Portuguese coast?
As a couple we did a competent crew course on the Sailboat Annecy as a private chartered excursion off 5 days in March 2016. We were treated very nicely and got a perfect course adapted to our future goals.
Rusailing listens very carefully to their customers and just make it happen. With our experience we can only recommend RUsailing, the communication prior to the event was quick and responsive what I could not say from other companies around offering the same packages.
I thought returning to rusailing in Lagos to iron out some rusty sailing skills would be good. The week was in fact superb from start to finish. Lagos is a great sailing area and the yachts beautifully maintained. After 10 years experience in Lagos Rob is now a sailing instructor (and RYA Examiner) in a class of his own. He quietly instils confidence while both communicating the theory and ensuring you master some tricky sailing techniques. He even remained calm after a particular client accidentally triggered the inflation of an onboard lifejacket! The organisation and victualing backup from Jules is great, highly efficient and very personable. The focus of Rusailing is uncompromisingly on the customer, which makes it special.
Regarding the feedback: I only have positive comments to make. The whole experience during the week matched my expectations, it was everything I hoped it would be. Your preparation and planning was, as usual, superb. Thanks again for the salad and cake you made for the trip. It is a pleasure to train with your school; the instructor’s expertise, knowledge and leadership is great. You both run a top notch operation!
We spent several days on a trip from Lagos to Lisbon and back to watch the Volvo race start. Jules prepared everything impeccably for the trip, all arrangements were made for us to travel without a hitch. Rob is truly a master of his craft, handling the boat and coaching us with absolute ease – the X-35 is a beaut, especially coming into Cascais in 30kt winds! I fully recommend them for all RYA training and mileage building needs. Next is our coastal course in July….
Just completed my fourth 5 day training course with RUSailing. Another wonderful week. I’d like to concur with YachtAllan’s review and add that I am always amazed by Rob’s patience, each year I come the poor guy has to repeat so many of the lessons I should have remembered from the previous trip! Sorry Rob, I guess I’m just getting old! Every time we’ve been to The Algarve and sailed with RU Sailing, we’ve been lucky enough to sail with dolphins, a truly magical experience and this alone would be worth the trip! Add in the brilliantly provisioned boat (thanks Jules, just the right amount of everything!), the well kitted out boats, the location, the local restaurants, the marina facilities, the weather!! Perfect!
Just completed Day Skipper in what can only be called challenging conditions. The weather varied from windy to gales and sunshine so we had a complete range of conditions. Our instructor Gary was patient, knowledgeable and encouraging. The boat Annency was superb, well equipped and excellent as a sailing boat. Rob & Jules were thoughtful hosts and ensured we were well informed and catered for. The instruction was challenging educational and at the end of week we all felt ready to skipper our own boat. Through out all this the craic was mighty. I would fully recommend RUSailing as an educational establishment or a place for simply sailing fun and relaxation. If you like the water and messing about in boats you couldn’t do better. My course was in April 2015.
I have sailed with these guys many times since finding them in 2009 and never fail to have a great time every time.
Having just returned from a brilliant trip with them to deliver a sailing boat to Lisbon and to have sailed with them on various races over the past few years as well as taking RYA set courses I can certainly agree that RU Sailing is much more than a normal sailing school
The studying process was exactly as I expect it should be. Consistent and logical way of explanation, a lot of pratically useful details, patience, affability and at the same time informal way of communication. I would like to return to improve my skills soon.
As for your question if I got from the week what I expected, well… actually I think you gave me a ‘problem': Now all I want to do is Sailing! Thank you very much, it was fantastic. And Gary is really an amazing teacher.
Wanted to let you know (and show off,) that the boat pictured is ours and have been sailing on it for the last 2 months thanks to your excellent tuition. I still have a lot to learn and experience of course….