What is a sailing dinghy?
A sailing dinghy is a small, lightweight, open boat propelled by the wind.
Two key features are that it has a lifting keel (called either a centreboard or a daggerboard, depending on how it works) and a removable rudder. A dinghy is usually no longer than about 5m in length and often far less, and it is usually launched and hauled each day.
You can see some examples on our dinghy sales site.
I'd like to rent a boat - can you help?
I’m afraid we don’t rent out dinghies – sorry!
However, if you are interested in yachting, our yacht Cloud Nine is available for skippered or bareboat charter. Either join us on one of our island hopping trips or courses, or see Cloud Nine’s dedicated website.
How do I book?
If you want to book any of Sail YSL’s activities, please contact us or call 079 277 0623. We will send you a booking form to complete and, where applicable, a health declaration to sign. Please send these back to us as soon as possible.
How do I pay?
A non-refundable 50% deposit per person is required at the time of booking your charter or yachting course. The remaining balance is due 8 weeks prior to the start of the trip. Payment is required in full at the time of booking if this is less than 8 weeks prior to the start of the trip.
Invoices are payable by bank transfer within 10 days. We can also accept payment by EC card, Visa and Mastercard. There is a 2.5% surcharge for payment by credit card.
Your place is not guaranteed until your deposit is paid. If the balance payment is not received on time, we reserve the right to resell your place, unless otherwise agreed. Any outstanding debts will be subject to a late payment fee of CHF 50 and we reserve the right to pursue debt collection proceedings if all other recourse has failed.
What information do you need from me?
It is a condition of participation in all Sail YSL activities that you provide us with full contact details. As a minimum we need your full name, address, phone number and/or mobile number and e-mail address. Details of next of kin / an emergency contact and a health declaration are required for all participants in on-water activities.
You will be able to provide all this information on the booking form and health declaration we send you when you book. Bookings are not deemed definitive until we have received these back from you.
We advise you to “like” our Facebook page where you can interact with us and your fellow sailors, including co-ordinating travel arrangements.
How many people can you take on your boats?
The larger dinghies (referred to as “double-handers”) typically accommodate up to 3 people but usually only 2. Smaller dinghies are single-handers designed to be sailed by one person.
Is food included?
Travel is not included in our pricing; there are just too many options and variables. Please ask us for advice and to confirm your travel arrangements are workable. You can co-ordinate with other clients on the Sail YSL Facebook page.
In Greece, we usually provide the initial essentials such as condiments, first loaf of bread, tea, coffee, first milk etc. Thereafter we ask clients to chip into a kitty. €50 per person per week is normally a good starting point, depending on how often you want to eat in tavernas versus cooking on board.
Do you offer children's sailing?
Yes, and the RYA has a dinghy sailing scheme specifically aimed at children.
However, if children are to take an active part in sailing, they must be mature enough to have developed co-ordination and balance and to understand and follow instructions. In practice this means school-age.
Do I need to be able to swim?
All participants in dinghy sailing must be able to swim well enough to be able to stay with the boat and remain safe in the event of a capsize.
Are dinghy sailing courses supervised?
Yes, there will always be a safety boat in attendance on the water as well as a Duty Manager on the beach. If you are a beginner in a larger boat, you may even have an instructor on board with you.
Do I need to bring my own lifejacket?
Buoyancy aids are provided for use on our partner’s dinghies but please feel free to bring your own if you prefer. We’d advise against automatic gas-inflating type lifejackets on dinghies!
If you are bringing children, we strongly advise you to buy them their own lifejackets. Some may be available but this cannot be guaranteed.
As a reseller for Gill Marine, we can offer a discount to our students on any Gill products.
What do I need to bring? Do I need special clothing?
The most important thing to bring is a sense of humour and a sense of adventure! On a more practical note, this information sheet should help you greatly:
What happens if I'm late arriving?
Please let us know as soon as you know you’re going to be late!
For private instruction, your slot will finish at the booked time e.g. if you are 20 minutes late for a 2-hour booking, you will have 1 hour and 40 minutes available. Half-day and full-day bookings are always subject to this arrangement. If you are more than 1 hour late for a two-hour booking, this will count as a no-show and you will forfeit your booking.
If you are going to be late for a group course, we’ll wait as long as we can but will have to start without you and it will be up to you to catch up.
It’s chucking it down with rain, the storm lights are on, it’s freezing, there’s no wind…
If conditions prevent sailing, we’ll do our best to find something else useful to do. If you choose to not to participate in less than perfect conditions, I’m afraid we can’t give a refund as the weather – despite our best efforts to emulate King Canute – remains stubbornly outside our control.
Rain is not problem – you’ll probably get wet enough in a dinghy anyway even in brilliant sunshine! Typically dinghy sailing will take place in winds up to Beaufort force 5 (or more for experienced sailors) and will be suspended during thunderstorms and for 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard.
The final decision on conditions lies with the Duty Manager who is legally responsible for your safety.
What happens if I'm ill and can't travel? Or if I need to cancel my booking?
If you are ill and can’t join us on the yacht, please let us know immediately as we will have to update the crew lists.
We can’t offer any refund, so we strongly advise you to take out adequate travel insurance. Of course, if you can find someone to take your place, then please feel free to organise that privately between you and let us know the updated details for the crew list immediately.
What happens if Sail YSL cancels an event?
We hope we don’t have to, but nobody can predict the future. If we do have to cancel an event for any reason, the fee for that event will not be refunded but can be credited to a future event. We accept no liability for consequential damages.
What about liability?
All activities are undertaken at your own risk. A waiver form must be signed for every person on the water.