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 every day except Thursdays from 9:30 to 17:30 subject to weather conditions.

Our Fleet

Sailing Boats:

Our fleet includes a range of RS and Laser dinghies and catamarans:

RS Cat 16 Catamaran RS Venture RS Quest  Laser Pico Laser One Laser Funboat

Windsurf Equipment:

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

Rigs: 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 Severne and Tushingham rigs in sizes from 4.0 to 7.5m all mounted on 45 - 100% carbon masts.


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

Samos Waterfront Team

Sailing and Windsurfing Lessons

From complete beginners to round-the-world sailors, our watersports team simply love to see you enjoying the incredible watersports available in Samos! Use of all our equipment is included in the cost of your Richmond holiday so come and join us, whatever your age or experience.

We include tuition at no extra cost and our qualified instructors run courses every week for beginners and intermediates both in windsurfing and sailing.

If you’re a little unsure, let our capable instructors take you for a ride in one of our larger dinghies and experience the thrill of sailing knowing you’re in safe hands! If you like it, you can have a go or join one of our courses that run each week.

RYA Lessons

As a recognised RYA training centre, we are able to offer RYA certified lessons meaning you can attain a recognised certificate which can be taken to other sailing or windsurfing centres in the future. We work through much of the RYA structure in the included lessons above and the final certification will be to ensure you have at least the minimum standard in all the required skill areas.

RYA Courses are charged at £50 which is payable by card at the Richmond Reception Desk in the hotel.

RYA Sailing Courses

RYA Windsurfing Courses

RYA Sailing Level 1 -3
Start Sailing, Basic Skills and Better Sailing


RYA Start Windsurfing Course

Children (8 to 14)
RYA Youth Sailing Stages 1-4

Children (8 to 14)

RYA Youth Windsurfing Stages 1 & 2

RYA Seamanship Skills


RYA Sailing with Spinnakers


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. 


In addition to the lessons and courses described above, we can also provide specific tuition for particular techniques both for sailing and windsurfing. These are usually charged at £25 per hour for 1-2 people.

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RYA (Royal Yachting Association)

Our waterfront at the Zefiros Beach Hotel is a recognised RYA 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?

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