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



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Lote 77
Edifício Vilamarina
Avenida Cerro da Vila
8125-403 Quarteira/Vilamoura

Tel: Portugal (+351) 911 813 666
or UK (+44) (0) 787 786 4208

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