Europa Holidays

Dinghy sailing holidays and dinghy courses on Lake Garda, Italy

Europa Holidays - family dinghy sailing holidays on Lake Garda, Italy
Some of the fleet of rental and sailing school dinghies

Dinghy sailing holidays at our activity centre on Lake Garda, Italy

Whether you are learning to sail a dinghy or an expert looking for a great week of sun, wind, fantastic reaches and evening socializing, Lake Garda is the place for you. Our fleet of modern Topper Topaz dinghies are suitable for all ages, sizes and abilities. If you want to mix dinghy sailing with catamaran sailing or windsurfing, that's fine too.

The winds are absolutely great for dinghy sailors nearly every day and learning or free sailing in such a beautiful environment with the mountains around you is quite inspiring. As you grow in confidence you can begin to explore more of the lake and see the cliffs at Campione, the lemon groves of Limone and the castle in Malcesine. The midday winds are ideal for children to start their sailing careers and we have the right smaller boats for them to develop confidence and independence on their own all as well as sympathetic instructors who can help them enjoy their first lessons on the water.

Full toilet and changing and showering facilities are available in the stunning new club house of the Malcesine Sailing Club (Fraglia Vela Malcesine) and relaxing times can be had walking to nearby villages of Navene (300m) or Campagnola (400m). Food and drink is available at the many small bars and restaurants within 5 minutes walk of our beach, or at 'Ristorante Athos' which is a commercial restaurant within the club house serving snacks or full Italian meals, lunchtime and evenings.

Sailing courses and coaching

At our RYA dinghy sailing centre just north of Malcesine, we offer RYA and non-RYA courses in dinghy sailing or catamaran sailing. We are the only RYA school on Lake Garda and are certified to run courses in dinghy sailing. All our course have the emphasis on practical sailing experience with the minimum time spent on land studying theory. Personal coaching can be organised on an hourly basis for those who wish to perfect a specific skill.

Great dinghies to learn in or to rent

Our dinghy courses use a wide variety of dinghies suitable for all ages, sizes and abilities, from the Topaz Omega, to our fleet of Toppers. We have also Topaz Vibe and the brand new Topaz Argo to allow more advanced training with on-board instructor or for students to take on their own. For the advanced racers, there is an ISO single-trapeze, high performance dinghy and an RS800 twin-trapeze skiff, both fully race-rigged and used by our instructors for regattas on the lake.

You can choose whether to learn in a very stable boat with an instructor or in a single-handed dingy with an instructor nearby on the water. Our location means that we can teach you during both the light and the strong wind periods of the day and you can learn close to shore until you are confident to venture out into the middle of the lake and beyond.