Due to my 10 years teaching experience whilst running a sailing school I am well qualified to support you in the buying and subsequent preparation of your sailing boat or your motor boat.

I can be present at the delivery of your new boat and offer you advice and guidance on all the extra equipment you may need to make your boat your own.
Once on board I can give you all the technical knowledge you will need regarding the navigation system, manoeuvres at port and under sail plus all the safety points and tips that will let you sail without stress.
These services can be customised to your needs (hourly, half-day, whole day) in English or in French.


Fort de mes 10 ans d’expérience pédagogique  comme directeur d’une école de voile, je vous épaule dans la prise en main de votre bateau à voile ou à moteur. 

Présent à la livraison je vous accompagne et vous conseille sur les équipements complémentaires afin que votre navire soit à votre image.
Découverte technique du bateau et de ses instruments, manœuvres au port et à la voile, sécurité et astuces à bord vous permettront de naviguer en toute sérénité.
Prestation  à la carte (heure, demi-journée, journée) en Anglais ou Français.


Hello Alain,

we received with pleasure your message and we would like to share our testimony ...

Whatever your experience, time spent with Alain will always be too short. 

He will teach you not only how to tie a bowline knot, that none else has ever been able to help you remember, but also show you how to remain calm in the most delicate manoeuvres with the motor.

Skilled, competent and personable, Alain knows how to deal with your shortcomings and will provide you with the solutions. 

It is difficult to make it shorter, but it is sincere.

With kind regards,

Michel, Wauquiez PS 47"


Bonjour Alain,

Nous avons reçu avec plaisir ton message et avons effectivement envie de participer aux témoignages ....

" quelque soit votre expérience , le temps passé avec Alain sera toujours trop court.

Il vous apprendra aussi bien à réaliser  le nœud de chaise que personne n'avait su vous faire retenir, qu' à rester serein dans les manœuvres au moteur les plus délicates.

Pédagogue, compétent , humain, Alain sait prendre en compte vos insuffisances et vous apporte des solutions"

Difficile de faire plus court, mais c'est bien sincère.

Bien cordialement

Michel , Wauquiez PS 47

Hello Alain,

I had never sailed before in my life, but after following your excellent teaching skills, we crossed the oceans without problem, from the Sables d'Olonne to New Caledonia.

The book with all of your advice is still onboard and I can tell we have often opened it!

Best regards,

Bernard, Lagoon 440"

We purchased our Lagoon 421 in La Rochelle 2009. Not having any experience Alain was recommended to us as someone to train us.. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Alain..His training in berthing enabled us to always enjoy the challenge of a new berth or anchorage. Knowing he had set us up well for all the various situations. Alain was very helpful with his knowledge of the Chandeliers in La Rochellge, getting us set up, with all the equipment we would be needing. Also he was helpful in getting our export and customs clearances etc. Often over the following years, I would think to myself in a difficult mooring / berthing situation, thanks Alain... James Joll and Marina Jackson from New Zealand.


Hello Alain

We would like to thank you very much for all your assistance with our sail training.

You were very patient, and very thorough throughout.  Your knowledge and attention to safety has been invaluable.  So much so, that once we saw a window of good weather approaching La Rochelle we were confident to depart and left for our next destination.  We left on Saturday and arrived at Hendaye 33 hours later.

Our journey was a great success and many of your messages were with us along the way ( and I will always have the notes to refer to).  My knots are improving each day!

Now that we have such a good foundation we can look forward to many years of sailing around the world in safely.

Kind regards,

Sandra and Jeff O'Connor, Hélia 44


Hi Alain,

 We will probably leave la Rochelle tomorrow, depending on weather conditions.Just wanted to thank you for all the expert sailing training on our new Lipari 41.Your clear instruction and attention to detail and safety were of the highest standard.

 I would highly recommend your training services to other sailors.

 Will stay in touch to let you know how we are going and thanks for the offer of further assistance if we need it.

 Many thanks again Alain

 Au revoir

Debbie and Campbell Witt, Lipari 41


We are an Australian retired couple who recently took delivery of a Catamaran – a Lagoon 400 S2– that was built in France.Because we had little recent experience of big boat sailing – my husband has been sailing since his teens but mainly smaller boats – we engaged Alain Girard to tutor us on the handling and sailing of our new boat.Alain’s approach was very professional and diligent.  He is obviously well experienced in both sailing and boat handling and in teaching people of all skill levels and capabilities.  

 Alain handled the challenges of teaching us the basics and was very thorough and patient which enabled me to increase my confidence and skills.  I benefited enormously as did my husband and I would happily recommend Alain. 

Lorraine and Brian LAGOON 400

En effet nous étions de parfaits débutants et apprendre la navigation avec Alain fut un vrai plaisir.

Il est d'une patience à toute épreuve et une méthode infaillible pour vous apprendre le nœud de cabestan !!! Un vrai professionnel . Nous savons grâce à lui maintenant naviguer tous seuls. 

Jolie rencontre. Merci Alain pour ces bons moments passes ensemble 

Régis et Josette, Dufour 525



Bonjour Alain,

"Je n'avais jamais fait de voile de ma vie, suite à ton excellente pédagogie, nous avons traversé les océans sans problèmes depuis les Sables d'Olonne jusqu'en Nouvelle-Calédonie!".

Le cahier sur lequel sont inscrits tous tes conseils est toujours à bord et je peux te dire que nous l'avons souvent ouvert!


Bernard, Lagoon 440