Our established, Richmond staffed RYA watersports centre in Samos, exclusive to Richmond guests, offers a wide range of sailing, windsurf, SUP and kayaking equipment, great for people of all ages and abilities, from those who want a casual morning sail, right up to high speed spinnaker sailing.

The wind generally starts light in mornings, great for kayaking, stand up paddle boarding or learning to sail or windsurf and builds in the afternoons allowing great planing conditions for those wanting to perfect the legendary carve gybe. The waterfront is open all day from 9:30 to 17:30 subject to weather conditions.

Our Fleet

Sailing Boats:

Our fleet includes a range of RS and Laser boats including the following models:

RS Cat 16 Catamaran RS Venture  Laser Bahia Laser Stratos  Laser Pico Laser One Laser Radial  Laser Funboat RS Feva  RS Quest

Windsurf Equipment:

Boards: Our range includes Starboard, HiFli, F2, JP Australia and Lorch boards. The boards range from 210 litre beginner boards to sub-100 litre intermediate/advanced boards.

Rigs: We have a wide range of beginner, intermediate and advanced rigs starting at 2.5m up to 7.5m. For the beginner windsurfer, we have tough Dacron and X-ply sails that are easy to get started with but tough enough to survive the falls. For the advanced windsurfer we have selected North Sails and Tushingham rigs in sizes from 4.0 to 7.5m mounted on 45 - 100% carbon masts.


We have a range of single and double hander sit-on-top kayaks, great for exploring the bay

Stand Up Paddleboards:

We have a range of Red SUPs, perfect for making the most of the less windy days, exercising your core and enjoying the beauty of the Samos coast.

Safety Equipment:

A range of buoyancy aids and harnesses

RYA Sailing and Windsurfing Lessons

Use of the equipment is included for all Richmond guests but there are optional sailing and windsurfing lessons available from qualified instructors.

Joyrides and Courses

These are included in the price of your holiday


Sailing Joyride (1/2 hour)


Sailing or Windsurfing Course


Sailing or Windsurfing Refresher Course


Sailing Courses


RYA Start Sailing Level 1 Sailing Course


RYA Basic Skills Level 2 Sailing Course


RYA Better Sailing Level 3 Course


RYA Youth Sailing Stages 1-4 (children 8-14)


RYA Seamanship Skills


RYA Sailing with Spinnakers


Catamaran Conversion Course

Number of sessions required depends on experience, but usually between 1 and 3 sessions.


Windsurfing Courses


RYA Start Windsurfing Course


RYA Youth Windsurfing Stages 1 & 2


Lessons are bookable once you arrive in resort and payable by debit card.

All courses are run by qualified RYA Instructors and RYA Certificates are issued to all who pass the course(s). All courses can be booked on arrival in Samos and are subject to availability and weather conditions. You will be given a waterfront briefing on the first morning of your holiday.


In addition to these courses we can also provide specific tuition for particular techniques both for sailing and windsurfing. Further details and prices are available in resort.

RYA (Royal Yachting Association)

Our waterfront at the Zefiros Beach Hotel is a recognised RYA (Royal Yachting Association) training centre. This means you will have access to expert tuition, and can know that our equipment and safety standards are of the highest level and professionalism and independently assessed.

What to bring?

Swim wear Rash vest Water shoes Sailing gloves Any existing RYA qualifications or logbooks that we can update

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