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Sailing and windsurfing are two great sports for getting you active and energetic, outside in the fresh air.

An Overview of Sailing

Once you've learnt the basics, you can actively explore your local stretch of water then join a sailing club full of like-minded people to go off cruising or racing. No matter what your age or experience, there is a course for you. It won't cost you a fortune, and there's an RYA Training Centre near you where you can get started.

Benefits

Sailing builds strength and endurance in the arms, shoulders and chest muscles and also aids the ability to think strategically and tactically due to the challenge of having to constantly react to changing conditions.

Involvement

For beginners, the RYA's Start Sailing courses provide the perfect introduction to the sport, ensuring you learn the correct techniques and know how to sail safely.

Equipment

Each RYA Training Centre can provide all the safety kit you require and will have wet weather clothing available, meaning only the minimum of kit is needed to get started.

Facts

  • International yacht racing began in 1851 with the America's Cup and sailing was part of the first Olympics in 1896, but heavy winds saw the programme cancelled.

Find Sailing Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

Royal Yachting Association

Contact Name
RYA House
Contact Email
enquiries@rya.org.uk
Contact Telephone
023 8060 4100

Deben Yacht Club

The DYC is one of the world's oldest sailing clubs, founded in 1838. We are an active, friendly, family club. Facilities include a clubhouse, dinghy park, a fine launching slipway, pontoons, and 17 dinghy moorings and 20+ club boats for members to hire.

John Merricks Sailing Trust

Supporting youth sailing

Eric Twiname Trust

Grants to support young sailors.

  • Active Partnerships
    Sport England
    Suffolk County Council
    Harrod UK
    Abbeycroft Leisure
  • Ipswich Borough Council
    South Suffolk Leisure
    Waveney District Council
    Mid Suffolk District Council
    CIMSPA Partner
  • Anything Print
    St Edmundsbury Borough Council
    Suffolk Coastal District Council
    Babergh District Council
    Forest Heath District Council
  • Places 4 People
    Ufford Park
  • Active Partnerships
  • Sport England
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Harrod UK
  • Abbeycroft Leisure
  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • South Suffolk Leisure
  • Waveney District Council
  • Mid Suffolk District Council
  • CIMSPA Partner