RYA Sailing Courses FAQs

We are sure you will have lots of question about your sailing course. Here are some of the RYA Sailing Courses FAQs that will answer the majority of your questions.
If you can’t find what you are looking for here, just give us a call or drop us line at Trafalgar Sailing.

How do I get to Gibraltar?

From U.K.:
Easyjet also fly from Gatwick, Manchester and Bristol.
Monarch fly from Luton, Manchester and Birmingham.
BA fly from Heathrow.

Gibraltar airport is a 10 min walk to your yacht.

From outside U.K. you may prefer to fly to Malaga in Spain which is 1 hour 30 min drive to Gibraltar. We can arrange a private driver to pick you up, or there is the bus.

What if my flight times/dates do not fit exactly with the course times?

We have a left luggage service near the yacht and if you want to stay any extra days in Gibraltar we can arrange B&B in the marina and send details of activities in the area including Gibraltar Rock tours and diving.

What do I need to bring?

You can pack light, hand luggage is fine:

  • Passport (European ID cards are not valid for sailing).
  • Euros for drinks ashore in Spain.
  • Cap, Sun Glasses, Sun Block factor 50, Swim suit.
  • Deck shoes (white soled trainers or crocs are fine too).
  • Good quality warm fleece. Comfortable clothes, T shirts etc
  • Towel and wash bag for visits to shower rooms
  • RYA logbook, you can buy online direct from the RYA or when you arrive.

We provide all your safety equipment (life jacket and harness) and waterproofs if you need them.

What is the weather like?

We have on average 310 days of sunshine a year.

The sailing conditions in Gibraltar are better than the rest of the Mediterranean as there is good wind in the straits of Gibraltar. Competent crew can also enjoy sailing in Gibraltar bay which is sheltered by the Rock.


What is the yacht like?

The Bavaria 37 cruiser is the perfect school yacht; fast, easy to sail and comfortable accommodation with good headroom.

Your yacht will be well equipped to U.K. maritime safety standards, electronic equipment and a range of sails including a spinnaker.

Where do we sleep/shower?

You sleep on the yacht and we provide freshly laundered bedding, duvets in the private cabins and sleeping bags in the saloon. We come into marinas every night so you can enjoy the facilities ashore.

Who will I be sailing with?

Our clients are a mix of all ages and Nationalities. The RYA Instructors are all experienced sailors and expert Instructors. We choose the very best as from experience we know that this is the most important factor to your RYA course being a positive valuable experience.

Can I bring the kids?

Yes, you can charter the yacht privately and do your RYA sailing course which your children. They can also do RYA sailing courses. Min age for Day Skipper is 16 and for Yachtmaster Fast track is 18.

Can we do different courses on the same yacht?

Yes , we can teach Competent crew and Day Skippers together or Competent crew and Yachtmasters together on the same yacht.

Do you cater for different diets?

Yes, we cater for various dietary requirements. We provide healthy food and drinks, but there is a snack cupboard for those who like biscuits. The meals on board 1 week RYA courses are home- made with local fresh produce, served with wine on board two nights per week. On the Yachtmaster Fast track courses all the food and drinks are included, the students choose and cook their own meals together.

Is there wifi?

Yes most of the marinas have wifi or there is a cafe nearby which has wifi. Obviously while sailing we recommend you have a rest from your phones and enjoy the freedom of sailing.

Why Trafalgar Sailing?

Trafalgar Sailing has been running for 23 years and we have been sailing this area for 33 years. We are the oldest and most experienced RYA school in Gibraltar. We have never had to cancel an RYA sailing course.

We are a small family run business so can provide a more personal service that larger schools cannot. On the shore based courses the accommodation is at the Villa in Spain with a private swimming pool, gardens and light spacious classroom and separate study living room with Wifi.

Our RYA Sailing Instructors are not only experts in sailing and teaching RYA courses, they are also gentlemen, have a sense of humour and are a pleasure to sail with.