Established in 2015, Sochi’s sailing academy is based at Sochi Grand Marina yacht club. The academy’s fleet, consisting of ELAN 210 cruiser/racer keel-yachts, is based at the marina, which has the capacity to accommodate upwards of 230 yachts. The Elans are easy to maintain and highly manoeuvrable. They take up to five people aboard. You see many of these yachts sailing off the coast of Sochi. They teach sailboat steering at the Sailing Academy, issuing international-standard certificates that entitle the holder to sail independently. They also offer personal lessons and master-classes with top Russian yachtsmen. Experienced sailors may rent a sailboat and/or sign up to compete in a race.