Sailing in Wicklow

Sailing is unavailable in December, January and February.

Whether you want to spend a day cruising around Blessington Lakes, improve existing skills or get on the path to becoming a sailor yourself, Avon Rí Adventure Centre has a number of boats available for daily hire or for use on accredited training courses.

The following boats are available at the resort :

Hunter 707 Keel Boats

The Hunter 707 is like a small yacht with a cabin, these boats can be used for match racing or just for a relaxing day out. There is no need for wetsuits and you can bring a picnic if your group likes. We can also give a history tour of the lake before and after the flooding. Your skipper can do all the sailing or your group can help out.


The Topaz Uno

The Topaz Uno are a single hull, single sail boat which makes it a great boat to learn the art of sailing in. These can be a wet ride, but once you get used to sailing they are quite forgiving. Being single handed boats each sailor gets more time on the helm.

- (The Topaz Uno is available for selected courses only)

Sailing sessions can run for 1 hour, a half day, a full day, a weekend, evenings or a week.

Cost will depend on the number in a group, the length of time required, and whether you are there to cruise or if you are on a certified ISA course.


Here at Avon Ri we offer a number of different courses to suit all levels of experience. All our courses are run to Irish Sailing Association standards and all our instructors are fully qualified.

1         A Taste of Sailing - This course gives participants a taste of sailing. It is a brief introductory course and no previous experience is needed.

2         Start Sailing - This course follows on from the Taste of Sailing course and gives participants time to practice the basic skills involved in sailing. By the end of the course you should be sailing in light winds with the assistance of your instructor.

3         Basic Skills - This course aims to equip the participant with the necessary skills and practice to allow them to sail in light winds on their own without assistance from their instructor.

4         Improving Skills - By the end of this course the participants will be able to sail more effectively and will be more comfortable and competent in the boats.


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    Welcome to Avon Ri Lakeshore Resort & Adventure Centre

    Whether you are planning a weekend away with friends, a family holiday in Ireland, a corporate team building event or even your wedding, Avon Rí offers an unforgettable experience 'that's different'.

    Avon Ri is a leisure & corporate resort purposely-built in a holiday village style, situated on the outskirts of the historical town of Blessington, overlooking the magnificent Blessington Lakes in County Wicklow 'The Garden of Ireland' at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, and only 45 minutes from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport.

    Our resort combines luxury Townhouse Self-Catering Accommodation, a Lakeview Bar with Rooftop Terrace, a 'really good food' Lakeview Restaurant, along with a highly reputable Adventure Centre offering an extensive range of outdoor activities and leisure facilities including Swimming Pool & Gym, all situated in a breathtaking lakeshore setting spread over nine acres of land.

    Avon Rí is also very convenient to some of Ireland's most famous racecourses, including Punchestown and The Curragh, as well as excellent golf courses, such as The K Club, Tulfarris, The European and Lisheen Springs.