Great kit, qualified instructors and top quality beach sailing
Our sailing centre in Mauritius offers you a wide range of catamarans, monohull dinghies and windsup boards as well as the personal attention that you’d expect from a Wildwind holiday. As a RYA recognised centre we can guarantee excellent standards of safety and instruction levels. Unlike most other sailing centres, there is no extra charge for joining in any of our RYA-certified training courses Click here to see our RYA certificate and find out more about the courses we offer.
Two distinct sailing areas
There are two excellent and separate sailing areas around the Wildwind centre, making it an ideal location for beginners as well as for our more experienced guests. The protected inner bay has light cross-shore breezes and is perfect for learning, while the stronger winds and waves outside the reef are ideal for blasting ‘sail-aways’ and ‘raids’ in controlled sessions out at sea.
An excellent fleet
Our fleet of Hobie Pacifics and Hobie 16s are all kitted out with spinnakers to take advantage of the consistent Mauritian trade winds and rolling waves to surf downwind. The Hobie 14 is fun enough without: these were the conditions it was made for and the Hobie 15 is an ideal learning platform.
The dinghy fleet includes Laser Picos, a brilliant choice for kids and for those learning to sail for the first time. Our Olympic class Laser 1s come with a full range of sail sizes and are available for improvers and experts alike.
Similarly, we offer Laser 2000s, which are ideal as teaching boats and for those with some experience to go out on their own. Our performance RS 500 single trapeze skiffs are perfect for our more capable clients and superb for our highly qualified instructors to teach more advanced skills, such as a symmetric spinnaker handling.
Our windSUP fleet is comprised of Starboard and Exocet boards, designed for both Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) adventures and for learning how to windsurf. You can use these boards to progress to planing when conditions are right.
With a maximum of 20 guests on site at any one time and 9 single handed and 11 double handed boats there are always craft available.
Dinghies: 4 X Laser Pico, 5 x Laser 1 (all rig sizes), 2 x Laser 2000, 2 x RS 500. Catamarans: 1 x hobie 15, 4 x Hobie 16 LE Race, 2 X Hobie Pacific. 9 Windsup boards for stand up paddle boarding and windsurfing.
Friendly and professional instructors
The instructor/client ratio of 1 to 4 allows you to take advantage of one on one free personalised coaching, tailored for you, from our highly qualified team. Our experienced, RYA qualified staff are always on hand, on and off the water, guaranteeing the highest standards of professional instruction and safety.
Free RYA certification
If you want to come home from your holiday with more than a sun tan, you can request a course that leads to certification by the British sailing organisation RYA (Royal Yachting Association). Not only do we offer the full RYA curriculum, we do so free of charge! From the basic skills course and first aid, to dinghy sailing with spinnakers, performance sailing or navigation and seamanship, we’ve got you covered. Simply talk to us about your wishes, preferably in advance or otherwise on the island when you meet the team.
You can find the complete RYA training catalogues on the website of the RYA.
For the more experienced we have two different sail-aways each week: one to Grand Bai with lunch at the Beach Cub and the other to Baie du Tombeau with a picnic on the beach.
‘The return trip is generally a reverse of the upwind sail, providing a downwind sleigh ride on rolling waves to surf all the way back to the reef entrance at the Wildwind centre’ Yachts & Yachting
Long distance sailing raid
Harnessing the spirit of adventure and going back to the roots of Hobie sailing we have introduced a new long distance sail – or ‘raid’ as the French fans of these so affectionately call them. These will take you 25 kms to the uninhabited nature reserve of the Ile d’Ambre to the east of Mauritius. The team will prepare a beach BBQ and guests can choose to stay overnight under the stars or in tents. The less bohemian travel back to the hotel by rib and taxi and then return the following morning to sail the 25 kms back. The trip will happen twice a month and when we have a minimum of three boats wanting to take part and the weather conditions are favourable
Wildwind are organising some larger regattas for more experienced guests in which top sailors from the Mauritian Sailing Association and other local sailors will take part. The racing will be divided into a large fleet of over 30 Lasers, a handicapped cat flet and a handicapped monohull fleet Prizes include cups, medals and, perhaps more importantly, a bottle of famous Mauritian rum!
16th November 2019 race season kicks off
28th December 2019 The Great New Year Regatta
29th February 2020 The Red Bull Regatta
11th April 2020 The Golden Egg Easter Regatta