Spain has some of the highest rate sunlight hours in Europe, with the towns and cities lying on the Mediterranean benefiting from the sunshine without suffering from the infamously excessive heat of the Iberian peninsula. All year round, the Mallorcan climate is relatively mild and is therefore suitable for all sorts of outdoor recreational activities like hiking, climbing, ball sports, and, certainly, sailing.
The temperature can still get cool in the winter months, with a minimum average temperature of 9.5 ºC in January and seasonal storms that can make sailing difficult, especially for less experienced skippers, so the summer months are still certainly the best for sailing Mallorca. May to October provides ideal sailing conditions, with winds from 5 to 15 knots, a maximum temperature average of 30 ºC in August. The water temperature couldn’t be more ideal, with an average summer temperature of 25 ºC and not dropping below 20 ºC until November.
Waves will simply not be an issue in the summer months, and are rarely a threat during winter. Mallorca is exposed to the famous Tramontana wind, blowing NW from the French Pyrenees, at times quite intensely in the winter. More-experienced sailors will enjoy the challenge provided by this wind.
Like many Mediterranean holiday destinations, Mallorca can get uncomfortably crowded during the peak tourist season. You might do yourself the favour of avoiding both the crowds and the height of the summer heat by staying away in July and August, particularly from the capital port city of Palma in the west. However, given the considerable size of Mallorca and the difficulty of accessibility to distant corners of the island, you might have luck seeking less busy anchorage on the eastern and northern sides of the island to take a stop and bask in the sunshine.
Mallorca Sailing School provides world-class sailing education for sailors of all skill levels and ages. Learn the ropes in the beautiful Balearics with RYA-certified trainers.
Take the helm, command your own crew, and safely take control of a beautiful modern yacht with the Royal Yacht Association’s most popular course, the RYA Day Skipper Certification. Make the important transition from crew to skipper as you develop practical skills and build your sailing confidence with a fun, informative, 5-day, hands-on course under the safe supervision of qualified instructors.
An introduction to sailing doesn’t have to involve boring instruction in a classroom setting. In fact, the RYA Start Yachting beginner course provides the ultimate hands-on experience for first-time sailors who need basic introductory skills but also crave an exciting adventure. It’s the perfect course to try if you are interested in discovering whether sailing is something you want to explore further.
There are many requirements for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certification exam, but the one that offers the biggest challenge for many sailors is compiling the necessary 2,500 miles with at least 50 days at sea. This is especially difficult if you do not own your own boat. While building these crucial miles requires effort, there are many creative ways to accomplish the high mileage mark while also adding tremendous sailing skills to your repertoire. First, you must understand the mileage requirements. Then, you can begin to find creative and safe ways to build the necessary miles.
Learn to sail on the spectacular island of Mallorca to experience ideal sailing weather, stunning scenery, and a rich and vibrant culture — setting the perfect landscape for expert RYA sailing training. Mallorca Sailing Academy offers something for everyone — from beginners getting their first taste of the basics of sailing, to day skippers who want to enhance their RYA skills on the exquisite Mediterranean coastline.
Mallorca is the biggest of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, accompanied by Ibiza, Menorca, and Formentera. The culturally-rich paradise is a skipper’s dream, offering perfect sailing conditions for most of the year and an abundance of shoreline to trace and explore.