Sailing…

The Wild Atlantic Way

BEGINNERS, IMPROVERS OR OWN-BOAT TUITION

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Sailing…

The Wild Atlantic Way

BEGINNERS, IMPROVERS OR OWN-BOAT TUITION

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About Wild West Sailing

Welcome to Ireland’s newest sailing & powerboat school, based in Sligo, on the Wild Atlantic Way with voyages for education, challenge & pleasure…

WWS will bring you to the next level!

Covid Safety Charter

If we are unable to go ahead with your trip due to Covid restrictions, we will reschedule or refund you.

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

Wild West Sailing – Irish Sailing Training Centre of the Year 2020

Delighted with our huge win for the West at the Irish Sailing Awards!!! We couldn’t have made it without the support of the clubs & sailors in the region. MASSIVE THANKS to the instructors, skippers & sailors who came to have fun & learn with us so far… See you on the water next season!!!

2023 ROLEX FASTNET RACE PROGRAM

Fresh from our 2022 Round Ireland Race Schools Division win…we will tackle the most famous yacht race of them all…

Join us & challenge the best crews from Ireland the UK & France.

Ready for the Fastnet Challenge?!

Call Dave on 087 141 7564.

Wild West Sailing - Round Ireland Yacht Race 2018
Wild West Sailing - Gift Voucher

WWS Gift Vouchers

WWS Gift Vouchers

Open up the world of sailing to someone you love with a Wild West Sailing gift voucher. Send a virtual gift voucher today or schedule it for delivery on a date of your choice.

Open up the world of sailing to someone you love with a Wild West Sailing gift voucher. Send a virtual gift voucher today or schedule it for delivery on a date of your choice.

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.

Combine Charter & Training

Combine Charter & Training

Get your ICC while on a Multi-day Charter Holiday

Get your ICC while on
a Multi-day Charter Holiday

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

Wild West Sailing - David O'Connor
Wild West Sailing - David O'Connor

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

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!

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!

Rory Cassidy, USA. (Inismurray Island Day Trip)

Rory Cassidy, USA. (Inismurray Island Day Trip)

5.0

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

Sail Training

Wanna charter in the Med? get your RYA Yachtmaster? or just Try Sailing?

We have designed a solid pathway to take you from absolute novice to yacht racer, boat owner or yachting professional & all the steps in between.

From a Sailing Skills weekend & our Social Sailing program to Day Skipper & Yachtmaster, our experience becomes your experience.

Sail further with Wild West Sailing!

Great experience & awesome instructor with many years of sailing experience!
Thanks Dave for the perfect week sailing on the west coast of Ireland.

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)

Eike Wilner, Dublin, Ireland. (Competent Crew)

5.0

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.

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.

Jonathan Curran, Galway, Ireland. (Coastal Skipper)

Jonathan Curran, Galway, Ireland. (Coastal Skipper)

5.0

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

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.

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.

Declan Brennan – Sligo (Day Skipper)

Declan Brennan – Sligo (Day Skipper)

5.0

ISA TRAINING CENTRE
ISA TRAINING CENTRE
ICC SAIL & POWER TEST CENTRE
ICC SAIL & POWER TEST CENTRE
RYA SHOREBASED CENTRE
RYA SHOREBASED CENTRE