Great news for north west tourism – a new sail charter business has opened in Derry. Sailing North offers skippered voyages from Lough Foyle in the North West of Ireland. It’s a great addition to the activities on offer to local and tourists in this region.

Sailing North was set up by local skipper and businessman Daniel Gallagher, who has over 30 sailing years’ experience. He has sailed over 30,000 miles, including two transatlantic crossings, the Caribbean, Europe and the Scottish Hebrides.

Dan is a qualified RYA Cruising Instructor, Yacht Master Ocean and RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor. His sailing achievements include selection to represent Ireland in the Admiral’s Cup and 2nd place in the Swan European championships. He has also completed 3 Fastnet Races and several Round Ireland races.

“Our voyages can take you north to the wild beauty of the Scottish Islands, and west around Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point,” days Dan. “Or you can sail east past the Giant’s Causeway, formed by intense volcanic activity about 50 million years ago, through the strong tides of Rathlin Sound in the North Channel.”

Sailing North caters for experienced sailors and beginners alike and offer family-friendly trips and breaks. Find out about the full range of sail charter trips here. 

Learn How To Sail

Want to start sailing or extend your skills? Sailing North also offer sail training from their base at the Foyle Port Marina in Derry, including RYA Theory and Practice, and specialist courses in areas like navigation, rope skills and marine radio.

Team Building

They offer corporate packages and sessions for businesses and organisations. “Sailing together is the perfect way to teach a deep understanding of the importance of working as a team,” says Dan.  “It’s also ideal for building team spirit and camaraderie.”

The Sail Charter Yacht

Described as ‘comfortable, with a touch of pure luxury’ Sailing North’s boat ‘Coriolis’ is a Sweden Yachts 42…..“probably the best-sailing 42-footer ever built.” Set out on your first cruise in a Sweden Yachts 42 and you’ll know what we mean – immediately. It is a fast sailyacht and it performs beyond expectations.

Although this yacht is primarily built for active sailing, it is also a great example of good living afloat. Below deck, is a magnificently crafted interior in fine wood. There’s a handsome saloon for entertaining, three double cabins, and two head compartments with shower. There is plenty of locker and stowage space and an enviable galley (kitchen) for cooking. Everything has been designed for comfort and convenience, and a high standard of on-board living.

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