Experience Hua Hin’s first and only sailing club on your next trip to Hua Hin. Novices and experienced sailors will have an enjoyable time. If you’re a little rusty, take a short brush-up lesson. Pick up a skill while on vacation and give your kids a confidence boost at Sailing Club Hua Hin.
The club and lessons:
Overall: The club is well-run; there are good safety procedures in place; the equipment is well-maintained.
The sailboats are Lasers and Optimists. The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy for use by children up to the age of 15. The Laser is one of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world. The Laser is an Olympic-class sailboat that is sailed competitively across the globe.
Kids’ courses are usually one-on-one, but they can do group lessons of three. You can also drop them off for a day of sailing. Learning and assisting with rigging, launching, recovery and stowage of the dingy are covered in stage 1. By the end of stage 1, they will be able to steer, stop, paddle or row and will know how to tie a figure-eight and reef knot.
Lessons are included in the boat rental fee. There are 3 different stages for each course. You can have a look at the pdfs on their website to see everything that is covered and what your child will be capable of at the end of each stage. It’s pretty comprehensive.
Lessons are in English, French or Thai.
For adults, it will take 3 – 4 lessons to complete stage 1, when you reach stage 2 (2 – 3 lessons later) you should feel confident sailing in moderate conditions alone.
They also train aspiring sailors who want to join the Thai National Squad.
Membership fees are structured to suit locals and travellers. You can become an annual, monthly, half-day or full-day member or you can just join for 2 hours. For non-members, 2 hours boat rental + tuition costs ฿1500 and a full-day is ฿3000. Great for non-sailors. You can find more detailed information on their website.
Food and drinks:
The Sailing Club restaurant and bar has a homey feel. The wooden aqua-blue bar, the tree with lanterns for shade and an eclectic group of lounge chairs and tables create the cosy, laid-back ambience by the sea.
The staff are welcoming and friendly. It’s a great beachfront lunch venue and good for kids. The coffee is nice and the beer is icy cold.
Have a leisurely lunch as you watch the sail boats bob and glide in the Gulf of Thailand. Sink into the comfy lounge chairs with a book or your laptop, or gaze out towards to horizon.
Everything is cooked to order so sometimes there might be a bit of a wait for food, but another beer or white wine will help pass the time. You can keep a watchful eye over the kids from the deck as they play in the sand.
Set courses start from ฿120, the all-day breakfast is ฿180, curries start from ฿150, and seafood dishes start from ฿190.
It’s a 10-minute taxi ride from the centre of Hua Hin. The club is on Cha Am Beach and it’s between the Regent Cha-Am Beach Resort and the Beach Garden Hotel. If you get lost you can call the club’s owner, Richard ((66) 87888 7565), and he’ll give you directions. You can also email him directly if you have any other questions about the club, courses, or dinghies on email@example.com
It’s unpretentious and inexpensive – two words that aren’t often associated with sailing clubs. Everyone is welcome: Locals, expats, families, weekenders and vacationers. Return home with a new skill under your belt and feel more confident on the sea. If you’re 8 or 80 years old, get ready to set sail at Sailing Club Hua Hin.