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The Wild Atlantic Way

BEGINNERS, IMPROVERS OR OWN-BOAT TUITION

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Sailing…

The Wild Atlantic Way

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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!

Covid Safety Charter

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.

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

Wild West Sailing – 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 2022!!!

Wild West Sailing - Round Ireland Yacht Race 2022

ROUND IRELAND RACE 2022

Race away from Restrictions into a New Adventure – Tough it out with the best crews from Ireland the UK & France on this technical & tactical race.

We need reasonably fit, enthusiastic team players who are keen to learn, work hard, play hard & put up with little sleep. No racing experience is necessary and there’s no age restrictions. This is an ideal adventure for anyone with a coastal experience and club racers.

We have ONLY 6 CREW PLACES onboard to join our professional Skipper & 1st Mate. If you’re ready for a challenge, call Dave on 087 141 7564.

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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.

GIFT VOUCHERS

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.

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DAY-TRIPS

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)

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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 to Yachtmaster, our experience becomes your experience.

Sail further with Wild West Sailing!

COURSES

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)

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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.

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)

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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.

Theory
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)

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