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The Wild Atlantic Way

About Wild West Sailing

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

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

WWS can bring you to the next level!

Got a question? Call David today +353 87 141 7564

Combine Charter & Training Get your ICC while on a Multi-day Charter Holiday


Hey Folks – The race got cancelled…but we are going anyway!! Please help us on our way.

We are raising as much money as possible for the Northwest Hospice.

Please share with anyone or any business you know who might be interested in supporting NW Hospice, their work means so much to us all!

Thanks a million!!


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.

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.

Got a question? Call David today +353 87 141 7564

David O'Connor - Wild West Sailing - Ireland

Big Sky in Clew Bay | Wild West Sailing | Co. Sligo, Ireland | Coastal Skipper Course | Wild Atlantic Way Couldn’t have asked for a more accommodating captain (who happens to double as a great tour guide) or a better way to spend the day. I would highly, highly recommend! READ MORE Rory Cassidy, USA. (Inismurray Island Day Trip)
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!

Skelligs | Lynx | Wild Atlantic Way | Wild West Sailing | Coastal Skipper | Sailing Courses Ireland READ MORE Great experience & awesome instructor with many years of sailing experience!
Thanks Dave for the perfect week sailing on the west coast of Ireland.
Eike Wilner, Dublin, Ireland. (Competent Crew)
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.


Can't recommend Dave at Wild West Sailing enough. The quality of the Courses, Yachts & Instruction are 2nd to none. Already booked in for my next trip and working towards a Yachtmaster in the next year. READ MORE Jonathan Curran, Galway, Ireland. (Coastal Skipper)

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

Fastnet | Lynx | Wild Atlantic Way | Wild West Sailing | Coastal Skipper | Sailing Courses Ireland Wild West Sailing combines the adventure of sailing in the open sea with the safety & reassurance that Dave's vast experience as both a sailor & instructor provides. READ MORE Declan Brennan - Sligo (Day Skipper)
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.