About Palawan Sailing

Welcome on our About page! Palawan Sailing is a certified and registered ISSA and IYMCS sailing school located in the Bacuit Bay in the town of El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. We offer both recreational and professional sailing courses.

Bacuit Bay

About our team


Thierry is the senior sailing instructor at Palawan Sailing. Born in France by the Mediterranean sea and having lived near the ocean in Taiwan, California, New Zealand, Thailand and now El Nido, he has been diving and sailing most of his life. Thierry is passionate about the art of sailing and loves to share his passion with his students. Formerly working in Silicon Valley as a micro processor and firmware engineer, he knows the limits of electronic equipment on a boat and makes sure his Tamaya sextant is never too far.

He is a MCA Master Of Yacht 200Gt Unlimited and a certified instructor who can teach all recreational levels up to Ocean Yachtmaster. All courses can be taught in French, English and Mandarin. In addition he loves to teach celestial navigation and marine diesel engines.

When not busy with sailing, Thierry tries to grow his own food at home (slowly), plays chess (badly), scuba dives and tries to understand Quantum Physics (help welcome).

Palawan Sailing school école voile ISSA El Nido Philippines about à propos

Our boat – Aquilone

Aquilone is a 45 foot aluminum/carbon french monohull Levrier des Mers. She used to be an ocean racing vessel in the 80’s and now has been given a second life as a comfortable cruising and teaching vessel. She is especially designed to be single handed. On board she has the latest electronic navigation systems including chart plotter, broadband radar , autopilot, sat phone… Her large cockpit can accommodate 4 students very comfortably. She will cruise at 12 knots with all sails out.
Aquilone is used to teach all sailing classes.

Palawan Sailing school école voile ISSA El Nido Philippines
Palawan Sailing school école voile ISSA El Nido Philippines
Palawan Sailing school école voile ISSA El Nido Philippines

Our Boat – Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a Sunreef60 Loft luxury 60 foot catamaran with 3 VIP cabins and a double cabin, all with ensuite.

She is used for luxury charter sailing in and around El Nido … all the way to Port Barton, Linapacan and Coron.

Our main Office

Our real office is the ocean. But we also have a land based facility for the theory. Our classroom has all the multimedia facilities including large LED TV, laptop … to teach. Tables and chairs are available for chart work.

The classroom is located in a quite village, Lio, near the airport. It’s 7 km from El Nido town.


You can contact Palawan Sailing at : hello [at] palawan-sailing.com or by filling our
contact form here : https://www.palawan-sailing.com/contact/


Palawan Sailing is affiliated with ISSA (International Sailing Schools Association) and IYMCS (International Yacht Marine Certification Society).