Atlantic Sailing
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Our Mission is to share our passion and love of sailing in a safe, professional and fun environment. We are a RYA Training Centre based in Marina Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. We offer RYA courses and Atlantic Sailing specialised training. We take our training seriously and aim to give our students the best tuition standards available in the Canary Islands and beyond. We understand that we are all unique individuals, and we personalise our training to suit each person. We aim to help you reach your potential and sailing ambitions, while maintaining a happy and positive learning environment. Your instructor will act as your coach and will empower you to apply the skills you learn. We are international, speak many languages and understand cultural diversity. We are professionals, we respect our clients and believe in quality service.
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Diane M
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We learnt to sail with Richard and Fadwa last year . We then improved our skills by taking day skipper and coastal skipper exams with Atlantic sailing too . We have now just chartered our own yacht in Greece ! Watching supposedly “experienced” sailors trying to moor and breaking all of Richard’s rules has shown us we trained with the best . We have had people tell us we did an excellent job of mooring and anchoring and being honestly gobsmacked that we have only been sailing a year ! Every time we have this we say “ we learnt from the best “ we could only recommend Atlantic sailing If you want to learn to sail . BTW we are both just 60 and had never sailed a day in our lives ! Never too old to learn !
Written June 14, 2022
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We're so proud of you both! Thank you so much for your heartfelt review. It's been great fun having you on board and also getting to know you in person. We're glad that you feel you're well equipped with the skills you learned at Atlantic Sailing. Enjoy your sailing adventure and looking forward to seeing you both again later this year!
Written June 15, 2022
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RonTzav
Berlin, Germany3 contributions
Apr 2021
From first contact to goodbye, Fadwa and Richard were hospitable, helpful and very professional. I spent two weeks on the boat, going from 0 experience (through competent crew) to day skipper and felt cared for throughout.
On the first week Richard was our instrctor - sharp and full of anecdotes from a lifetime at sea - it gave me a strong base and confidence to move on to my day skipper week where I was lucky to have the lovely and very skilled Christos as my instrctor.
I would definitely recommend Atlantic Sailing for anyone who is interested in a refreshing, invigorating and holistic experience of the sea.
Will miss you guys, thank you for everything!
Written April 19, 2021
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Thank you so much, Roni! It was such a pleasure to meet you and have you here with us for two weeks. We're thrilled that your experience was so positive and fulfilling. We'll certainly miss you but we hope to see you again one day soon! Hugs from both of us
Written April 20, 2021
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Johannes
London, UK2 contributions
Mar 2021
I was looking for an RYA Training Center in the Canary Islands where I could do my Yachtmaster prep week and exam. After writing emails to probably every RYA sailing school in the Canaries, I appreciated that Atlantic Sailing was handling my queries really professional from the first second onwards. They were the only ones who sent me a questionnaire to figure out how much time I need to successfully prepare for the Yachtmaster exam. And it turned out that their estimate was spot on. They do know their stuff, especially how to build and polish up your sailing skills towards an exam. I’ve done a lot of RYA courses in the recent years and I’ve rarely seen such dedicated people like Fadwa and Richard from Atlantic Sailing. They really care about their students and customers. And last but not least they are just pleasant people with whom I enjoyed spending time and setting sails off Lanzarote. Long story short, I passed my Yachtmaster Offshore Exam very well and I really recommend Atlantic Sailing to every one who wants to do their Yachtmaster certificate. I wish Atlantic Sailing always fair winds and hopefully I see you again soon!
Written March 15, 2021
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Thank you so much, Johannes! We are thrilled that you chose Atlantic Sailing for your training towards Yachtmaster, and the treat is that we got to make a new friend! Congratulations on a well deserved YM Offshore and hope to see you again one day soon.
Written March 16, 2021
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Cameron L
2 contributions
Apr 2021
My girlfriend and I were aiming to get our day skipper licenses. After much research on different locations and schools we booked a two week combined competent crew and day skipper course with Atlantic Sailing and it was easily the best choice we could have made. Fadwa, Richard and Christos were all incredibly knowledgeable, kind and generous with their time. After even two short weeks I would happily consider them friends as well as the two groups of sailing hopefuls we lived with. It's hard to be enthusiastic enough about how great our experience was.

The course over the two weeks was well paced for beginners and skillfully managed by Richard and Christos to leaving us feeling confident enough after the relatively short time to want to set out on our own. The lovely 39 foot Bavaria Olive Oyl that hosted us for the time was well kept and thoroughly stocked with food by the effusive Fadwa. She was happy to cater to us as vegetarians for the first week and for the second week provide lots of Vegan fare to cater to another one of the crew members. Like all yachts the boat was cosy but even with four of us on the course for the week felt spacious enough. It was the perfect venue for a quiet drink after a day of sailing. Combined with the marina facilities it may even have given us an unreasonably luxurious view of sailing!

I would recommend AS to anyone looking to learn sailing or improve their skills. They have the understanding and breadth to coach anything from the most basic knots to fine sail trimming all why being excellent company in an amazing location.
Written April 19, 2021
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We can't thank you enough for this fantastic review, Cam. We're delighted that you were happy with every aspect of the training experience. It was truly a pleasure to meet you both and have you here with us. We loved your company as much as we enjoyed training you. Hope to see you both again one day and please stay in touch!
Written April 20, 2021
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Andrea C
Gorgonzola, Italy2 contributions
Feb 2020
I've booked a mile building with Atlantic Sailing in 2016 and after two weeks sailing with Fadwa and Richard towards the Azores Islands I had no doubt they were the right school to guide me through the RYA Yachtmaster slow track program.

Outside Arrecife marina, the newest marina in Canary Islands, you can find the best training ground to improve your sailing skill whether you a beginner or a expert sailor, Richard will have the right challenge for you.

Big thanks to the Atlantic Sailing team for the help and support!!

Solid 5/5
Written September 20, 2020
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review, Andrea. We have enjoyed having you back here with us over the past 4 years and we're so proud that you passed your Yachtmaster Offshore with us recently. It's been a wonderful journey and you have become part of our Atlantic Sailing family. We hope to see you again one day for a fun sail or another long trip together. Big hug from both of us!
Written March 13, 2021
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Philippe P
8 contributions
Jul 2020
A sailboat, unlike a motor boat, is powered by wind. That much (but only that much...) I knew about sailing at the start of my course.

After a week with with Richard and Fadwa I do know the difference between a cleat hitch, clove hitch and a bowline 😬. But more importantly, I gained a good feeling for what sailing is and what it means "to be a sailor".

Richard has always managed to provide individual support and feedback, both during the daily sailing trips and during the evening theory and debriefing followed by after-work beer. He kept on pushing each one of us - but never too much. This is not obvious given the different backgrounds and learning levels of a typical motley crew of amateur sailors on a sailing course...

Thanks to this, the atmosphere on the ship was always relaxed and friendly, which is important considering the limited space on board and the intensity and duration of this learning experience.

Finally, Lanzarote is an ideal place to learn sailing or to improve one's sailing. There is always wind and a lot of harbours where you can moor in calm waters in the evenings, have a good shower and an excellent dinner.
Written August 10, 2020
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Thank you, Philippe! Eloquent as always. Thank you for choosing to learn to sail with us and we're glad that you enjoyed the training and approach that we have at Atlantic Sailing. We know you plan to come back one day soon, and are looking forward to having you back on board with us. Our best to you and the family.
Written August 13, 2020
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Richard A
1 contribution
Mar 2022
In March/April 2022 I completed the competent crew and day skipper training courses with Atlantic Sailing. I found the team to be very professional, the boats were outstanding and the level of care and consideration was fantastic. As a student, I was made to feel like I'd become part of Fadwa and Richard's "extended family", a feeling which persists today. A great experience and highly recommended. What a wonderful introduction to the world of sailing. Thanks gang!
Written April 11, 2022
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Thank you so much, Rich. Congratulations on a very well deserved Day Skipper! It was really wonderful to meet you and we're so glad you chose to do your training with us. You're definitely now part of the Atlantic Sailing family and we look forward to seeing you again someday soon.
Written April 13, 2022
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Explorer07672493356
1 contribution
Aug 2020
Richard and Fadwa are a perfect team to learn to sail with. For a couple like us with little prior experience, a week with Atlantic Sailing can massively increase your capability and confidence. We could not have been more pleased. Both Richard and Fadwa exude enthusiasm for sailing and put a lot of effort into tailoring the training to the needs of individual clients. We were fortunate to have the benefit of Richard and Fadwa on board during the day. Carol and I got one-to one tuition during the day and then in the evenings we had the boat to ourselves in different marinas around the beautiful Lanzarote coast. We had a lovely mix of sailing and enjoying the Island. We will go back for the next level of training before we consider making a significant ocean passage.
Written September 4, 2020
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Thank you so much, John. It was truly a pleasure to have you and Carol on board with us and tremendously enjoyed your company as well as training you. We're so glad that you both left feeling more confident and capable in terms of your sailing skills. We're looking forward to seeing you both again soon. Our best to you both.
Written September 5, 2020
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Alexandru F
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Friends
Great sailing experience within challenging waters and situations of Netherlands. Highly recomend to any sailor willing to improve skills on a fast track. Richard is a very experienced sailor , with clear and hands on approach on sailing.
Written July 28, 2022
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Thank you Alex. So glad you enjoyed the challenging waters around the Netherlands and Richard's training style. Hope to see you in Lanzarote next time so that you can experience a different sailing area and challenging conditions in a different way.
Written August 7, 2022
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denise whatley
1 contribution
Feb 2022
My husband and I enrolled in The Atlantic Sailing School to obtain Coastal and Day Skipper certifications. The courses exceeded our expectations. From the accommodations to the instruction, all was top notch! We felt we were in very capable hands as our instructor, Richard, has a lifetime of experience and knowledge to impart on his students. Richard and Fadwa go above and beyond to make sure each student receives an individualized, quality experience. The climate and various stops along the beautiful coastline were icing on the cake. We recommend The Atlantic Sailing School to anyone looking to better his or her sailing skills.
Written March 11, 2022
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Thank you so much, Denise. We're happy that your experience with us exceeded your expectations and that it was worth flying all the way here for your training. It was great to meet you both and have you on board with us. All the best for your sailing adventures and we're here if you have any questions!
Written March 16, 2022
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