Sailing in Cornwall

There’s nothing like slicing through the water powered by the wind. Sailing seems out of reach to many, but it needn’t be. There are sailing schools all around the coast of Kernow, and on the inland lakes as well. Many also hire out boats to those who don’t need lessons. From sailboards to dinghies to yachts, Cornwall can accommodate every kind of sailing ambition with its fairly consistent prevailing winds.

Here are some of the best places for sailing in Cornwall:


Known as THE place for sailing on the north coast of Cornwall, Rock sailing club utilises the beautiful Camel Estuary for its activities. With regattas throughout the year and the famous 'Camel Week' taking place in August, a highlight of the sailing calendar and is the biggest regatta outside of Cowes Week. The Camel Sailing and PowerBoat Centre has been running for more than 30 years, with sailing courses available for all ages and abilities.


Mylor Sailing School is open all year round, and offers a selection of child and adult sailing lessons, with tailor-made tuition that helps beginners to conquer the best sailing techniques. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Fal River, it's no wonder why so many sailors flock to this part of Cornwall to enjoy the sport.

St Mawes

On the opposite side of the Fal River you will find St Mawes, a hub of sailing activity which attracts many of the sport's enthusiasts each year. The St Mawes Sailing School offers a variety of tuition from day race courses to weekly sailing courses with RYA accreditation - meaning you'll receive the highest standards of teaching, equipment and safety.


The Helford River is known to be some of the best sailing waters in England. Its sailing club was founded in 1948 located on the south bank of the river, and has great facilities including a clubhouse and pontoons. It's a very family-orientated location for sailing, and thanks to the Helford River Children's Sailing Trust, from May to October you will many dinghies skippered by children out on the waters.

We have a great selection of self-catering holiday homes throughout Cornwall to book, making a perfect base for those looking to come to Cornwall to try out sailing.