Push your sailing to the limit

Designed for adrenaline junkies. Let's push the boundaries of what is possible out on the water.








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About the course


Sailing Virgins' Performance Sailing Courses are the ultimate sailing experience. Learn how to sail fast aboard high-performance yachts in Brittany, France, sail racing's Mecca, all under the expert instruction of professional offshore racers. Leave this course a better sailor, confident in your ability to handle boats at high speeds.

Next Available Dates:

  • TBD - Catamaran TS42 Performance Course 
  • TBD - Extreme Class 40 Performance Course
  • TBD - Monohull Performance Course

Why a Performance Course?


  • Learn from a professional offshore racer - Hugo Picard (The Sailing Frenchman)
  • Experience living aboard and sailing high performance boats
  • Spend a week exploring the Bay of Biscay, the mecca for sail racing
  • Bond with a group of like-minded adventurers 
  • Log over 250 nautical miles, including 2 night passages & 6 days at sea
  • Sail faster than you ever have before. 

What you will learn:


  • How to use a range of sails, for both cruising and racing.
  • The best sailing techniques for different hull shapes
  • How to handle large sails in sustained wind (25kts)
  • How to use performance autopilot
  • How to set sailing targets / race goals
  • Offshore & coastal racing strategy
  • The principals of fast sailing - The CSR (Course - Speed - Rest)
  • Weather through a racing lens 
  • The difference between racing strategy and racing tactics
  • How to maximise a boats potential and sail fast!

Push your sailing to the limit!

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