Wildwind – leading the fleet - the beach paradise holiday for serious sailors!
Having operated Europe’s top dinghy and multihull sailing centre on the Greek island of Lefkas for over 30 years our clients demanded a winter operation as well and our Mauritian centre was born.
Our Mauritian and Greek centres compared.
The Wildwind base in Vassiliki is known as the top location in Europe for windy afternoons and perfect beach sailing conditions. Offering the widest selection of dinghies and catamarans of any sailing centre in the world, superlative wind conditions, and boasting staff that are universally recognised for their friendliness and personal attention, not to mention their sailing skills (some have even gone on to win Olympic medals) the flagship Wildwind centre is open from May until October.
One step better our Mauritian centre opened in 2014 and runs all year again provides excellent sailing conditions, the largrest fleet and the only recognised RYA sailing centre in the Indian Ocean. Whereas the wind in Vassiliki has a pattern of light winds in the morning followed by fresh cross shore winds in the afternoon, you’ll find more ‘normal’ winds in Mauritius, usually with strengths between Beaufort Force 2 and 4 – perhaps more in the ‘comfort’ zone for many. There are two distinct sailing areas: inside the reef providing ideal conditions for novices and intermediates perfecting techniques; while outside the reef conditions can be more challenging – with more wind and long ocean swells making our ‘Sail-Away’ days and two day 50 km ‘Raids’ exploring offshore islands and beaches a truly rewarding and memorable experience. As in Vassiliki we have chosen the spot for the best possible sailing on the island.
Unsurprisingly our reputation in the sailing community in both locations is really superb. At Wildwind, people know what they’re getting: an amazing, safe and cutting-edge sailing experience in a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere.
“They’ve combined some of the best kit and technical knowledge on the island with the professionalism and fun of their Greek base, in such a beautiful tropical setting” Yachts & Yachting
Your Mauritian Adventure
Having travelled as far as Mauritius it would be a shame not to explore this extraordinary island so we offer you the chance to ‘trade’ some of your sailing days for other adventures/excursions that will allow you to experience a little more of Mauritian life, be it on, near or under the water. Please see our Adventures page for more details of these great opportunities.
Our hotel also offers a spa with excellent massages and treatments - a chance to really pamper yourself and at very reasonable prices too. It also a great Kids Club, tennis court, (not Wimbledon but good for a knock around), some basic gym equipment but with great sea views and a host of other activities and entertainments.
Who comes on our holidays?
Most of our guests typically come from Northern Europe, especially the UK, Germany, Holland and Sweden – though we also have agents in Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Belgium and South Africa leading to a varied group each week. All of our instructors speak English but we are able to offer instruction in French and usually German.
Supporting the sailing community
Over the years Wildwind has sponsored a number of events and organisations, including national Hobie Cat Class Associations, Hobie World and European Championships, the UK Laser Class Association with their Grand Prix and Laser Masters Series, the East Coast Piers Race, Lymington Town Sailing Club, the Solent Forts Race and, of course, the Vassiliki Watersports Festivals organised in association with the Lefkas and Greek municipal and regional councils. In Mauritius we support the Mauritian Sailing team and we have run a number of regattas to get the entire island involved in this marvellous sport.