Friendly, professional coaching at affordable prices



Since 2001 Portugal Sail and Power has been offering RYA courses in the sunny Algarve region of Portugal, making us the longest established RYA school in the area. The teaching is done in a friendly and professional manner without applying too much pressure, you should enjoy the learning process and gain knowledge in a calm environment. We are based in the prestigious Vilamoura Marina, our office and fully equipped classroom are only metres away from the boats.


From beginner to the prestigious Yachtmaster qualification we have offered and continue to offer friendly teaching aboard our boats or on your own boat. Our reputation has enabled us to build a strong, long lasting business that really cares about our clients. Initially in 2001 the school was set up to provide sailing courses but in 2015 we added power boat and motor boat courses.  We have always been able to offer Shore-based Day Skipper and Yachtmaster theory, but we are now also able to provide VHF, Radar and First Aid, Diesel Engine, and Sea Survival courses, plus if you prefer to learn at your own pace we can offer a set of online courses which include VHF Radio, Professional Practices and Responsibilities  Essential Navigation & Seamanship, Day Skipper, Coastal/Yachtmaster and Ocean theory online.


The school has three instructors covering all aspects of the RYA syllabus from Competent Crew to Yachtmaster along with all the shore based courses.

Julian Mead is the school Principal, he is a fully qualified and experienced RYA Yachtmaster Instructor across all disciplines.

Paulo Aveleira: Yachtmaster Instructor for both Power and Sail, Power Boat Level 2 Instructor, Shore based theory course, Radar and VHF SRC Instructor/Assessor

Dave Masters: Power Boat Level 2 Instructor, First Aid and VHF SRC Instructor/Assessor



You can take the International Certificate of Competence with us on your own boat or on either of our school boats so that you can hold an internationally accepted licence for chartering or skippering in countries that require a licence. All individual coaching is specifically tailored to your needs so for already experienced sailors/captains this is a short course and test.

During the autumn/winter season we offer specialist Yachtmaster Power courses for skippers that already have the qualifying miles documented.

From Spring 2020 there will also be the possibility of doing Yachtmaster Power for those with little previous experience and who want to work in a professional capacity with power boats. The necessary mileage will be available during the summer season. 

Please contact us directly by email for either of these Yachtmaster courses. 



Click on the area that interests you, browse our availability and then contact us for a chat about what you would like to do. 

Or go straight to making a booking with us as an RYA school that really cares about your aims and goals.


Please have a look below to see a glimpse of what past clients have thought of their time with us.

"Dear Julian, many thanks for the last four days. It was very instructive and great fun - a rare combination" SW

"Julian! Sorry for belated message but can't thank you enough for your course and instructions!!! The big golden nuggets were so necessary but the gold dust tips have been of outstanding use." PY



T & C plus our data policy


Privacy & Data usage The information entered on your booking form will only be used in so far as it is needed to ensure your safety & comfort whilst on board. Your name, address and DOB will be used to register you and your course with the RYA. Your details will not be used for contact or marketing purposes unless specified by yourself, following your course your details will not be held or stored by Portugal Sail & Power Ltd.


To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in  This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course. 

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of 6 months from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA's central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. 

After one year from the date of your enrolment on a course, your user account will be removed from

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access

For the duration of your access to the site, your data will be held in accordance with the RYA Interactive Data Policy, Terms and Conditions.

If you receive a digital certificate downloaded from the RYA Interactive site on completion of your course, your name, address, date of birth and certificate details will be transferred to the RYA database and held in accordance with the RYA’s Privacy Policy.



Terms & Conditions


Your contract is with Portugal Sail & Power Ltd. When making your booking you agree that you accept these terms and conditions. A contract exists as soon as we issue our confirmation. You should check the details of your confirmation carefully to ensure that it accurately reflects the booking you have requested and immediately inform us of any discrepancies. This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions which are governed by English Law and we both agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the English, Scottish and Irish Courts at all times.

 Your Course Price When making your booking you must pay a deposit of 25%. The balance is due 28 days prior to the commencement of your course, charter or holiday; you will not receive a reminder. If the balance is not paid in time, we may cancel your booking and retain your deposit. Once you have booked, the agreed price of your course/charter/holiday is fully guaranteed by Portugal Sail & Power Ltd. and will not be subjected to any surcharge. This does not apply to invoice errors.

If You Change Your Booking If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date or type of course, we will do our utmost to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £15 per person and any further costs we incur in making this alteration. If this involves a change of date the terms of cancellation may be applied. Clients wishing to add to a party after the initial booking will be able to do so if sufficient space is available. This should not be automatically assumed to be possible and you should ring the office to check first. We are not able to reserve flights without payment of your deposit. NB. Certain travel arrangements (e.g. flight tickets) cannot be changed after a reservation has been made and any alteration will incur a 100% cancellation charge.
Cancellation Policy Should you wish to cancel your booking, written notice is required. Any deposit paid will not be refundable, and you will be liable for 100% of the booking if less than 28 days notice is given.
If We Change or Cancel Your Course The arrangements for courses, holidays and charter are made many months in advance and it is sometimes inevitable that changes may become necessary. We reserve the right to make such changes should they become necessary. Most of these changes will be minor and we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date. Force Majeure: This means that we will not pay you compensation if we have to cancel or change your travel arrangements in any way because of war, riot, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances that may amount to force majeure.
Holiday Termination We reserve the right at our absolute discretion to terminate without further notice the holiday arrangements of any client who refuses to comply with the instructions or orders of the company staff, agent or other responsible person and whose behaviour in their opinions is likely to cause distress, damage, danger or annoyance to other customers, staff, any third parties or to property. Upon such termination our responsibility for your holiday ceases and we shall not be liable for any extra costs incurred by you.
If you have a complaint If you have a problem during your course, please inform a relevant member of Portugal Sail & Power Ltd. staff immediately, who will endeavour to put things right. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please follow this up within 28 days of the end of your course/holiday/charter by writing to Portugal Sail & Power Ltd., giving your booking reference and all other relevant information. It is strongly suggested that you communicate any problem to staff without delay. If you fail to follow this simple procedure we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you were on holiday and this may affect your rights under this contract.
Should you not feel satisfied with the response or resolution offered by Portugal Sail & Power, but only when you have been taking part in an RYA course, you may complain direct to the RYA Training department for adjudication.
Our Liability to You If you or any member of your party suffer death, bodily injury or illness arising from the negligent acts and or negligent omissions of our employees, agents, suppliers and contractors we will accept responsibility provided they are acting within the scope of or in the course of their employment. In respect of travel by air and sea and the provision of accommodation our liability will be limited in the manner provided by the relevant international convention. Portugal Sail & Power  Ltd. accepts no responsibility for the acts or omissions of its clients whether negligent or otherwise and shall not be held liable for any claims made against them (or as a result of their actions) either by other clients of Portugal Sail & Power Ltd. or third parties. Portugal Sail & Power Ltd. do not accept liability for losses that were actually unforeseeable to those involved at the time of booking, losses that were not caused by any breach on the part of Portugal Sail & Power Ltd. or its supplier and any business losses or similar to the client as a result of unforeseeable circumstances.
Insurance cover Our equipment and yachts are comprehensively insured. Our policy provides £2,000,000 third party cover but does not cover individuals on board or their personal possessions. Portugal Sail & Power Ltd., its employees or any person subcontracted by Portugal Sail & Power Ltd. shall not be liable for loss or damage to clients’ property or for any injury or illness suffered by any client for whatever reason or cause. We strongly recommend clients to have their own accident, travel and all risks insurance.
Restrictions Portugal Sail & Power Ltd. and its staff are responsible for the safe conduct of your course/holiday/charter and may vary the itinerary to that end. They alone shall decide what activities are available, whether conditions are safe to use a craft, and/or a passage shall be made, whether it is under power or under sail. 


Although we try to keep the availability calendar up to date please contact us by email or phone to check that the days you would like to book are still available.

Quite often there will be two courses or events running on the same day and so even though you will see on the calendar an event (i.e. VHF course) one of our other instructors may well be available for another course (i.e. PB Level 2 or own boat tuition)

Please ring Portugal (00351) 911 813 666 or UK (0044) 787 786 4208



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  Sea Survival Course
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  Day Skipper Sail
  Day Skipper Motor


Key to special courses and events:

25th - 28th Four day Yachtmaster Power preparation
30th & 31st Yachtmaster Power Examination days

This was a huge success with all four candidates passing! Congratulations!


7th Official Opening of our Vilamoura office
8th & 9th Vilamoura Boat Show open to the public - do come and visit us in our office (no 74 Edificio Vilamarina - the building that looks like an ocean liner) on the first floor or near our boats on O pontoon 


Planned Yachtmaster Onshore and Offshore Prep course with exam
Please contact us directly if you are interested in putting your name down for this programme

Theory Courses

We aim to make the courses interesting, relevant and fun using visual aids, demonstrations and videos. Although there is a lot of information to cover we keep the pace of learning in line with how much can be absorbed. The knowledge gained from completing a theory course will enhance your boating experience giving greater confidence in your ability as a skipper. All courses are taught in the classroom, prices include all the materials and course books; it also includes lunch each day.

Essential Navigation and Seamanship € 120.00.
Navigation and safety awareness for new skippers and crew, or those wanting to refresh their knowledge, this is a 16 hour, 2-day course. Click here to view the syllabus on the RYA website.

Day Skipper € 598.00.
A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers, this is a 40 hour course normally over 5 or 6 days plus homework and exams. This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. Click here to view the syllabus on the RYA website.

Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster € 698.00.
Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course, this is a 40 hour course normally over 6 or 7 days. This course will require a full 40 hours of teaching, exams will require a further 7 hours and there may be homework that needs to be done in your own time and outside the 40 hours.The course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. Click here to view the syllabus on the RYA website.

Notes for both Day Skipper and Yachtmaster courses. 

Both courses require a minimum tuition time of 40 hours. There will be homework to be done on both courses, also the DS course has 2 exam papers, the CS/YM has 3 exam papers, this falls outside of the 40 hours tuition time.

Additional courses for both leisure and professional skippers alike, please click on the title for further information and the sylabus

VHF Course € 95.00 plus RYA exam fee of £60 (or €70)
This starts with an online course that has to be completed successfully before going to the classroom to take the exam. 
Alternatively a day course is available taught by our VHF instructor and assessed by another instructor.

First Aid Course € 120.00
A one day RYA first aid course available to sailors and non sailors alike, so a really useful qualification to hold for life in general.

Professional Practices and Responsibilities €60.00
A compulsory course for the RYA/MCA commercial endorsement.

Radar Course €120.00
A one day course in the classroom giving an insight into the setup and use of radar.

Diesel Engine Course €120.00
These are run in the winter season and are part of the Yachtmaster training. However anyone can join in and it will give you a good knowledge of a power boat engine.
Courses for sail boat engines are also available.

Sea Survival Course € 150.00
Although not held totally in the classroom these are listed here for convenience. Minimum number of participants is 6 people.


We have made an association with a UK partner, Skippers Online, to offer the Day Skipper, Coastal/Yachtmaster and Ocean theory courses online. This will enable anybody coming out to us for practical courses to be well prepared on theory, the other advantage is that these courses can be done at your own speed.

Whatever theory course you choose to take, you will be sent full details of the course and what you need to bring with you on the day. 

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