About Wild West Sailing

Welcome to Ireland’s newest sailing & powerboat school, based in Sligo, on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Specialising in Adventures and Training, with voyages for education, challenge & pleasure,

WWS can bring you to the next level!

If we are unable to go ahead with your trip, course or voyage due to Covid restrictions, we will reschedule dates that suit you or refund your fee.

Wild West Sailing is compliant with the Failte Ireland Covid-19 Safety Charter.

Irish Sailing Training Centre of the Year 2020

Wooohooo!!! Still getting over the shock, we are absolutely delighted with our huge win for the West at the Irish Sailing Awards!!!

It is such a great honour to be selected out of a group of hard working & dedicated sailors & we couldn’t have made it his far without the support of the clubs & sailors in the region. We were rewarded for being innovative and quick to adapt, and growing the business despite the pandemic.

Huge congrats to Sarah Nicholson of Sligo Yacht Club winning Irish Sailing Senior Instructor of the Year 2020! A massive thanks to all the instructors, skippers & sailors who have come to have fun & learn with us so far… See you on the water in 2021!!!

Come Sailing, the Wild Atlantic Way

Experience unique mountain and coastal views and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Northwest.

Sailing from Rosses Point or Mullaghmore, explore the majestic Slaibh Liag or historic Inismurray Island.

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.

In 2016, 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.

Got a question?

Call David today +353 87 141 7564

Tim Takes Control | Wild West Sailing | Co. Sligo, Ireland | Coastal Skipper Course | Wild Atlantic Way

Sail Training

Want to charter a yacht in the Med? get your RYA Yachtmaster? or Try Sailing a go we have a course to suit you!

From a Sailing Skills weekend through Day Skipper, Competent Crew to Yachtmaster, our experience becomes your experience.

Sail further with Wild West Sailing!

Wild West Sailing - Dave at the Helm

Irish Adventure Voyages

We LOVE Adventures!! Whales, Dolphins, Fastnet Rock at dawn, Black Rock at sunset, Inisboffin for fish n chips…

Challenge yourself… Experience more on our Coastal Voyages.

Navigation Courses

RYA Navigation Courses are ESSENTIAL for Day Skipper and Yachtmaster.

Let our years of global navigation experience give you the know-how to do the same.

Wild West Sailing | RYA Day Skipper Theory & Navigation Course

Tim's on top | Wild West Sailing

Book Your Wild West Sailing Experience!

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation due to weather-related circumstances will be announced at least 24 hours prior to departure and WWS reserves the right to make this decision. Refunds will not be given for weather related delays or cancellations. WWS decision is final in regards to whether the sailing will go ahead. Where possible a reschedule will be put in place for all customers. If spaces are unavailable then booking will be transferred to the next season. Where a mechanical issue arises prior to departure, a full refund will be issued. We cannot be held responsible for any customer being unable to sail due to personal circumstances.