About Wild West Sailing
Wild West Sailing is Ireland’s newest sailing & powerboat school, based in Sligo, on the rugged Wild Atlantic Way.
Specialising in Adventures and Training, with sailing voyages for education, challenge & pleasure.
We have the qualifications, skills & experience to bring you to the next level.
From €50 pp (7 minimum)
Come Sailing, the Wild Atlantic Way
Experience unique mountain and coastal views, take a sunset sail and immerse yourself in the spellbinding beauty of the Northwest.
Then sail back to base to enjoy the local craic!
O Captain! My Captain!
David O’Connor (Chief Instructor & Principal)
I grew up sailing in Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo, on the wild northwest coast of Ireland. My career first led me to work with many media and technology companies in Ireland but it wasn’t long until the sea called me back!
I began racing yachts in New Zealand where I worked for an America’s Cup tourism venture. I was very lucky to sail every day with an ex-Volvo Ocean Race watch-leader on a 76 foot bullet! I was taught so much so quickly that this job inspired me to pass on what I have learned.
After many trans-oceanic voyages in the Atlantic and Pacific, I spent 2 years in the Offshore Seismic Exploration Industry in Asia. Here I received a different schooling from the finest fishing skippers of New Zealand and South Africa in some of the world’s most remote locations.
Two years ago, Wild West Sailing was born and I’m delighted to be back in Sligo doing what I love, sharing my skills, my experience and my passion.
If you want to charter a yacht in the Med, get your RYA Yachtmaster or just give sailing a go we have a course to suit you!
From a Start Yachting weekend through Day Skipper to Yachtmaster, our experience becomes your experience.
Sail further with Wild West Sailing!
Irish Adventure Voyages
We LOVE Adventures!! Whales, Dolphins, Fastnet Rock at dawn, Black Rock at sunset, Inisboffin for fish n chips…
So much FUN sailing the Irish coast on a FAST boat.
Challenge yourself… Experience more on a trip around Ireland.
So, just looking back over how things have gone so far with the Lynx Round Ireland Race crew and the boat. Race one, we had some serious light wind, there
Theory & Navigation Courses
RYA Theory & Navigation Courses are ESSENTIAL for your Day Skipper Practical and RYA Yachtmaster Preparation.
Wild West Sailing believes all theory relates to something practical and we stay focussed on that during your course.
Let our 12 years global navigation experience give you the know-how to do the same.