How I Learned To Sail In The Canary Islands

Last month, I was able to visit all the islands of the Canaries and soak up some sunshine. Sailing is one invigorating sport that I love particularly because I can become an active participant. I leaned sailing at Rya Sailing School so that I can be intimately familiar with all aspects of sailing and how everything else affects the experience.

Sailing has given me a sense a fulfillment because it allows me to pit my wits against different elements. Not all sailing holidays can be smooth and simple. It is important to learn how the boat will be affected by sudden changes in the environment. It also goes without saying that the active nature of sailing provides me the physical and mental exercise I deserve after sitting on my office desk for most part of the year.

Learning to sail is not actually complicated because there are beginner sailing courses within the Canary Islands itself. The short course ran for three days and introduced me to the basics of sailing and seamanship. It also gave me the opportunity to explore the islands of Tenerife, La Gomera and Lanzarote.

Our base was San Miguel Marina at Tenerife which is just a few minutes’ walk from all the amenities that the island has to offer. You will be surprised that in spite of the remoteness of the Canary Islands, it was teeming with tourists particularly La Gomera. It has that traditional holiday atmosphere with bars and nightlife.

One of the first things I suggest to people who might be reading my experience is to combine your holiday with a short sailing course at Rya Sailing School. You can start learning how to sail on a small sailboat so that you can be an active participant on your next sailing holiday. Make sure though to be informed on weather conditions not unless you want some challenges.

Sailing is definitely invigorating with the white sails billowing against the clear blue skies and the brisk feel of the wind on your face and the gentle motion of the boat as it sails through the waters. It is definitely an experience that you should never miss in your lifetime.

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