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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.


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.


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.


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.


  • 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.

On Board

The RYA OnBoard programme offers young people the opportunity to try out sailing and windsurfing through their local club or centre in a safe, structured and fun environment.

Start Boating

Start your adventure afloat, find all the information you need to get on the water

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

National Governing Bodies

Royal Yachting Association

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RYA House
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023 8060 4100
Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing

Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing

Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing is a free magazine in the Sevenoaks District in Kent which hosts an annual Showcase Event for local sports clubs.

Medway Yacht Club

Medway Yacht Club

We are a welcoming Yacht Club with excellent facilities, complete training programme and an exciting racing scene across different classes: dinghies, keelboats and cruisers.


Gravesend Sailing Club

Family friendly sailing club from where you can sail the Thames and beyond. Sailing courses and dinghy hire. Cruiser and dinghy racing events. Social events all year round both on and off the water.


Wilsonian sailing club

RYA DISCOVER SAILING 23rd may 2020, free sailing taster sessions. power boat rides and lots more.
Food and drinks available, fun for all the family

Mariners of Bewl

Mariners of Bewl

We are passionate about bringing physically disabled and able bodied together through the love of sailing.
Members enjoy the freedom and fun of sailing and play an active part in the club.
We have a variety of dinghies for all abilities, whether you are


Bewl Barbarians Sailing Club

We are a sailing club supporting junior sailing in Optimists from beginners to competitions on the National / International circuit. We run an active club on Saturdays training the children in a fun environment - encouraging team work and independence.

Sheppey Sea Cadets

Sheppey Sea Cadets

The aim of the Sea Cadet Corps is to inspire young people to the best possible head start in life through nautical adventure and challenge. The ethos and traditions of the Royal Navy are at the heart of the Sea Cadets and we follow the same corps values.


Conningbrook Lakes Sailing

We offer dinghy sailing on Conningbrook Lakes in Ashford.
Courses for children, youth and adults are offered, with regular sailing throughout the year.

Yacht sailing at Dover is also possible through our sailing school with yacht sailing courses also

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes.

RYA Together Fund

RYA Together Fund

1:00am - Sun 31st July, 2022

Use boating to narrow the gap for communities that need support and start looking at recovery and the long term impacts of Covid-19.