Murcia offers a good variety of sailing, with the shallow Mar Menor being great for beginners and the Mediterranean itself for the more experienced sailor. Sailing as a sport in Murcia comes under the umbrella of the Federación de Vela de la Región de Murcia: www.fvrm.es
There are plenty of sailing clubs in Murcia:
Águilas, Club Náutico de Águilas. Paseo de la Parra, 44, 968 411951, www.cnaguilas.com
Cartagena, Club Náutico, Puerto Marítima, 968 133355
La Manga, Manga Surf, 968 145331, www.mangasurf.com
Mazarrón, Club de Regatas de Mazarrón, Calle Cabezo de Cebada, 968 594011, www.serconet.com/usr/chicoyij
Santiago de la Ribera, Club de Regatas Santiago de la Ribera, Paseo de Colón, 968 570250
Lo Pagán, Club Náutico Lo Pagán, 968 186969, www.clubNáuticolopagan.com
Los Nietos, Club Náutico Los Nietos, 968 133300, www.cnlosnietos.com
If you want someone else to organise your children for you then get in touch with Arbolar, Cartagena, www.arbolar.com, 968 521400. They offer sailing training programs for 6 to 17 year olds in Los Urrutias on the Mar Menor. It’s a ten day camp for kids while you enjoy your golf!
If you prefer to be skippered around and to just enjoy the views then try one of the many tour boats. A good value company is Solaz, solazlines.com, based in Club Dos Mares (La Manga), 606 806 795. They run two lines, one from the quay at El Pedruchillo Promenade (La Manga), km 8, exits 80-82-83 (near the bus stop at the promenade) and also from Mazarrón, Puerto Deportivo de Mazarrón on Plaza del Muelle.
Through the summer months they have scheduled trips from both these ports taking in any of the following destinations Isla Grosa, the La Manga strip, the five Islands of the Mar Menor, Bolnuevo, Isla Cueva de Lobos, Cala Cerrada, Cala Abierto or El Arco, depending on the boat and departure time. The prices range from €8 for a 1 hour ride for the scheduled departures. You can of course hire them yourself for a private trip. One of their boats has a glass bottomed viewing area. They have refreshments onboard!
Also consider hiring a boat from The Yachtsman, 600 749 181, at the port in San Pedro del Pinatar. Or the tourist boat from Cartagena harbour.