Whether you’ve been sailing in Devon many times, are hoping to learn, or just want to marvel at the professionals at a sailing event, our beautiful county with two unique coastlines is the perfect destination. For many years people have headed to Devon for sailing holidays and regattas – and to find out about its fascinating maritime history, or course. If you’re looking for sailing schools, international competitions and boats to charter, Devon if the place to be.
If you want to view Devon from the glorious waters surrounding it, there are a sailing trips leaving from towns and villages on both coasts. From the deck you’ll discover secret coves, peaceful beaches and fascinating wildlife – which if you’re lucky may include the wild dolphins and seals that frequent our shores. As well as sailing trips you can enjoy lots of other watersports in Devon – such as surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling.
There’s nowhere better to learn to sail than in Devon – after all, it’s been the home of celebrated sailors and mariners for hundreds of years. A huge choice of accredited sailing schools operate from our beautiful shores, and offer excellent, professional instruction and sailing experiences. Students will be trained by skilled and fully qualified teachers, receive first-hand sailing practice, and be taught the necessary navigational techniques that’ll give them the ability to discover Devon's wonderful coast for themselves.
If you prefer to watch sailing in Devon from dry land, there are regattas happening on both north and south shores throughout the season – just take your pick! Not only will you get to see professional competitors taking part in exciting races, you’ll also get to take part in some of our county’s most important and enduring cultural events.