Europa Surf and Sail

Sailing, windsurf and foil school in Malcesine, on Lake Garda

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  • Foiling courses
  • Private lessons
  • Family activities


Via Gardesana, 205 • 37018 Malcesine (VR) • Lago di Garda Tel: 0039 338 605 3096

Europa Surf and Sail is a small, family run business which has been operating on Lake Garda since 1993. Now based at the Fraglia Vela Malcesine, near Navene, Charles and Alison Kinsley have extensive knowledge of the lake and its possibilities and pride themselves on introducing their clients to the best of sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, biking and SUP. They are both surfers, windsurfers, sailors and bikers for more years than they wish to admit to and they bring this knowledge to bear on every aspect of your water and land sports including the selection of state-of-the-art equipment.

We are a sailing and rental centre located within the world renowned Malcesine Sailing Centre (Fraglia Vela Malcesine) focussing on courses and rental to holiday makers from UK, Italy nad Germany. We offer RYA and VDWS (German federation) courses in sailing and windsurfing and our own foiling courses.

We have boards and rigs, dinghies and catamarans to suit all sizes, ages, weights and abilities. The location is perfect for your first venture onto a board or boat, for perfecting your skills or for just having a blast.

We can offer formal courses from beginner to expert, wind conditions permitting, over a period of days or weeks.

Our wide range of equipment means that we have boards and sails,dinghies and catamarans to suit the young, old, fit, not-so-fit, brave and not-so-brave, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the lake and progress at their own speed.

Our instructors

Our instructors are English, German or Italian but all speak excellent English. They are trained by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association), the Italian FIV (Federazione Italiana Vela) or the German VDWS (Verbund Deutscher Windsurf Schule).

How to reach Europa Surf and Sail

We are at via Gardesana 205 but be careful with Google Maps or older Sat Navs as there was also a via Gardesana 205 to the South of Malcesine – you may need to enter via Gardesana Nord 205.

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    August 2020

    Our two 9+11 year old boys had 12 hours in total of beginner sailing lessons. We were able to split these flexibly over 4 days. Both boys had a great time, made very good progress and left excited to return next year for more lessons thanks to their experienced instructor John and the entire friendly team around Alison. As parents we also appreciated the beautiful setting in the local yacht club over a nice coffee and food.


    August 2019

    I’ve just completed a 2 day beginner sailing course with Europa and I genuinely cannot say enough good things about the people there and the service they provide.
    From my first contact with Alison I felt welcome and cared for. I spent 2 full days with John on the lake who has the perfect balance of deep knowledge and patience (along with just being good company) for someone like me who was approaching a new experience like this… I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m on the hook now.
    If you are thinking about learning a new watersport skill while on Lake Garda… Don’t think about it just book with these guys.

    Alasdair F

    June 2019

    Neither of us had any wind surfing experience but he had us in the water and surfing in no time. Looking at their set up for other water sports I would highly recommend whatever your interests or experience level.