Costa Blanca Sailing School

As the longest established sailing school in the Spanish Mediterranean Coast, we are delighted to offer a few speciality courses of our own, as well as anything you might have thought of yourself. We can’t promise that we will have you sailing like the round the world top skipper after a competent crew course but we will try to tailor a course, mini cruise or charter to your specific requirements. Why not think about putting together a group of 6 friends and trying one of our 3 day mini cruises along the beautiful Costa Blanca.

We can arrange for your ICC (International Certificate of Competence) test on either your own boat or ours, help you with new boat tuition, run a 2 day harbour manoeuvres course or a 2 day Gennaker & Spinnaker course for you. If you are doing your Yachtmaster examination we can arrange this for you, help you prepare and then you can use our boat with the RYA Examiner, all for one fixed cost. If you have a boat of your own and you want it delivered elsewhere, or you would like a hand delivering it then we can help with this as well. As with everything, please feel free to contact us to discuss anything. Chances are we’ve done it already.



The CODE EUROPEEN des VOIES de NAVIGATION INTERIEURE is the code covering navigation on the interconnected  European inland waterways.

Signs, rules and procedures for navigating many of the European inland waterways are all included within the CEVNI and in the same way as pleasure craft on coastal waters are expected to abide by the COLREGS, pleasure craft on the many inland waterways of Europe, which in places are heavily utilised by commercial traffic, are expected to know the CEVNI as this is the basis of the various countries’ own regulations.

The RYA do not offer a dedicated CEVNI course as the code is not recognised in the UK and as such there is no separate CEVNI certificate. However, candidates can apply to complete a short multiple choice exam and, if successful, request the RYA to endorse the “Inland Waters” section of their ICC (International Certificate of Competence).

Candidates wishing to have their ICC endorsed to include Inland Waters will need to read and be fully conversant with all the CEVNI regulations contained within an RYA book “Handy Guide to CEVNI” which will be supplied by Costa Blanca Sailing. The exam will take place on board our yacht in Alicante, or at any other place by prior arrangement.

Cost: 95 euros per person

Please note that the ICC licence (and any endorsement(s)) is issued direct by the RYA, having been approved by Costa Blanca Sailing. Candidates must be in possession of a valid ICC issued by the RYA or successfully complete an ICC assessment at the same time as completing the CEVNI exam.

Harbour Manoeuvres

With aeroplanes, most accidents occur when landing and taking off. The situation is analogous for boats. The marinas are where the insurance claims are made.  We run a two day course where you never leave the marina. This may sound exceptional, but Alicante marina is absolutely exceptional – it is truly enormous and never too busy  – there is always room to manoeuvre and decent shelter here.

The manoeuvres we work on are principally stern – to moorings into a variety of berthing situations and  in all wind aspects, but also alongside mooring, springing off, 180 degree  turns in tight channels. Total control and confidence is what you will achieve at the end of this two day course. The gear box will work very hard during the two days, but you will work even harder. Are you up for this?

Course Price: 190€ p. day

Gennaker and Spinnaker Training

Our training boat has a furling gennaker. This is the way boats are now. It is easy to use, reliable and quick to set. However there are skills involved in this that have to be learned. Furling the gennakere is not difficult, but it has to be learned. And finally, gybeing with our gennaker is a piece of cake once you know how. Just watch the Volvo Ocean Race boats. We use exactly the same technique. We have the same set up.

Our spinnaker is absolutely standard and not overpowering, so it is also relatively easy to handle. After a couple of days of intensive training (hard work) you should be relaxed with this exciting piece of kit!

Course Price: 190€ p. day

Own Boat Tuition

If you have your own boat, why not learn to sail in it? We are happy to do this locally or move away from our base in Alicante and offer you any course in your own boat, provided the safety standards, in terms of equipment, are up to the national standards. Please get in touch for a quotation. This may well work out as a more economic option!

Course Price: 200€ (plus any travel expenses)


We have experience in delivering yachts within European waters. So Glasgow – Marbella, Portsmouth – Corsica, Hamburg – Lorient, etc. are all within our comfort zone. Also, speaking English, German, French and Spanish (the major European Languages) gives us a certain advantage in dealing efficiently with the various port authorities we might encounter en route. Prices by negociation.