august 31 - 3. september 2023
Whether you want to become a skipper on your own boat or to sail as a crew with others, our comprehensive beginner’s course in sailing will give you a good starting point. The sailing course takes place over a long weekend, starting and ending in Tromsø. Like on all our courses and tours, you will be sailing a lot, and at the same time learning a lot, while experiencing much along the way. This weekend we will sail around the coastal archipelago outside Tromsø, to the outside of Kvaløya og Ringvassøy; with Gåsvær, Rebbenesøy, Sandøya og Vengsøya being some of the places we can visit. Maybe we get all the way south to the islands of Sommarøy!
The sailing course has been thoroughly reviewed and gives you a good introduction to what you need to master before you can sail away alone or crew on someone else’s boat. The course is for those who want to learn sailing and boat handling right from the start. Most people who take this course have little or no experience from before, but some have previous experience that they want to refresh. During this course you will primarily learn from trying and failing. We want you to get the most out of everything so you can get feedback and learn. We will review many different items, including:
The more you ask and take on tasks and responsibilities, the more you will learn! Upon registration you will receive our instruction booklet and you will get tips and advice for other books and resources that will be helpful to read in advance. As with any sailing trip we naturally depend on the wind and weather, but with four days at our disposal we have flexibility and can expect all sorts of weather, and work on understanding different wind and weather conditions.
For this course we use our 44-feet Bavaraia, Nirvana. An ideal boat for learning the ropes and techniques of sailing. After sailing these boats it's easy to sail smaler vessels. See pictures and read more about our boats here.
A fun movie from our sailing courses you may see on this link.
We also arrange this course at the following dates, for a full overview of our sailing courses, see link here.
The sailing course with SailNorway and our steady skipper Emil opened up the possibilities to enjoy the fjord without the sound of motor. Rain and wind was no obstacle - great sailing weather - it was said. Good company, lots of fun, steep learning curve and wonderful feeling of achievements.
Thanks Emil and Aaron!
Knut Andreas O. Lid
Level of the course
This is a beginner’s sailing course where we go through all the basics, and build on from there. No pre-qualifications are necessary. The coast outside Bodø is quite sheltered from the big ocean, but it's also close enough that we can challenge ourselfs as far as we want. With 6 participants onboard we are also a full crew, and we are enough “hands on deck” to manage sails and all the other work in a good way. However, we do not control weather and you must be prepared for both no wind and sailing in rough weather. Regardless; if you are a beginner, we would like to make you a sailor as soon as possible, and if you are experienced you will have responsibility and greater challenges. All participants contribute to the sailing, cooking and operation of the boat on this trip.
If you have time, we always encourage to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also gives a different start to a vacation than traveling quickly. To ride a bike, take a train or carpooling are good alternatives!
The fastest option for getting to or from Tromsø is to fly. But if you have time to travel slowly we recommend doing that instead. Taking Hurtigruten south from Tromsø to Bodø and train from there is one option.
During our sail-courses we plan the day-to-day sailing and program together onboard. We let wind and weather decide, so we can maximize the learning outcome during our days. We do also set the route for the weekend depending on the skill level onboard.
Planing and setting up a sailing route is an important part of learning to sail and good seamanship, which we also wish to include you in!