Sailors racing at Cowes Week

Sunsail Magenta: Women Only Sailing Courses

Our Sunsail Magenta courses are suited to women of all ages who are interested in sailing. Students can start from scratch, develop their existing skills or foster their interest in learning to race. We offer two types of Sunsail Magenta course: Sail Training and Race Training. Sign up on your own or with a group of friends. 

Sail Training

Whether you’re a landlubber or seasoned sailor, these courses are a great way to get out on the water with women of all ages and who share an interest in sailing. Under the instruction of a professional Sunsail female instructor, obtain the RYA Competent CrewRYA Day Skipper or RYA Coastal Skipper qualifications. 

Why choose Sunsail Magenta Sail Training?

Participating in a Sail Training course provides the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of sailing legends and record breakers Dee Caffari MBE and Helena Lucas. You’ll learn from an experienced RYA female instructor and gain your RYA Competent Crew or RYA Day Skipper qualifications. While completing certifications over five days in the company of other passionate women, you’ll make new friends within this incredible sport and have time to take a group of your own friends out on the water.

What your qualification gets you

Gaining an RYA Day Skipper qualification allows you to see the world’s most beautiful destinations by boat. Many of our RYA instructors and skippers around the world are women who have successfully sailed their way up through the RYA syllabus. Some have sailed since childhood while others began their journey in the sport from scratch as an adult completing an RYA course.

Where to take these courses with Sunsail

Portsmouth, UK

To book your course or to find out more:

For dates and availability please contact our UK sailing school on 02394 350 505 or

This course includes accommodation, breakfasts and lunches on board and waterproof hire. 

Race Training

During two days of high-calibre instruction, the Sunsail Magenta Race Training programme introduces you to spirited world of yacht racing.

Day one of the course covers an introduction to the fundamental aspects of racing on board a yacht. The curriculum covers teamwork, sail trim, efficient tacking, gybing and spinnaker handling as well as basic racing strategies. On day two, students join the Sunsail Racing Series and put all they’ve learnt into practise. Take on the challenge of powering your yacht to the front of the fleet…no pressure!

Race Training weekends allow women of all abilities to build their confidence on the water and try something different, while holding a focus on learning and improving racing skills not taught during formal courses.

Why choose Sunsail Magenta Race Training?

Racing Training courses with Sunsail Magenta are designed to advance sailing skills to the next level and ready sailors for competing in the UK’s biggest sailing regattas. You’ll experience first-hand yacht racing under the expert guidance of an experienced Sunsail racing coach while navigating the most foundational elements of competitive sailing.

Where to take this course with Sunsail

Portsmouth, UK

To book your course or to find out more:

For dates and availability please contact our UK sailing school on 02394 350 505 or

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