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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.

Adaptations and 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 Clubs/Groups Near You

Use the search below to find local organisations near you.

National Governing Bodies

Royal Yachting Association

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

Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre

Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre

Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre provides Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking and Paddleboarding Activities, Experiences, Training and Hire from Basin 2, Chatham Maritime.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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.

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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

BRITISH UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES SPORT

BRITISH UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES SPORT

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK, a membership organisation, and a company limited by guarantee with charitable status, and our vision is simple, to enhance the student e

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.

UK Sport

UK Sport

UK Sport provides strategic investment to enable Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic sports and athletes to achieve their full medal winning potential.

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 1st June 2024

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 1st June 2024

Learn to sail in 6 bite size sessions Saturday's 9:30 - 11:30 1st, 8th, 15th 22nd, 29th June 6th July 2024 for ages 8-17

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 7th September 2024

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 7th September 2024

Learn to sail in 6 bite size sessions
Saturday's 9:30 - 11:30
7th, 14th, 21st 28th September 5th, 12th October 2024
for ages 10-17

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 7th September 2024

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 7th September 2024

Learn to sail in 6 bite size sessions
Saturday's 9:30 - 11:30
7th, 14th, 21st 28th September 5th, 12th October 2024
for ages 10-17

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 7th September 2024

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 7th September 2024

Learn to sail in 6 bite size sessions
Saturday's 9:30 - 11:30
7th, 14th, 21st 28th September 5th, 12th October 2024
for ages 10-17

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 7th September 2024

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 7th September 2024

Learn to sail in 6 bite size sessions
Saturday's 9:30 - 11:30
7th, 14th, 21st 28th September 5th, 12th October 2024
for ages 10-17

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 7th September 2024

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 7th September 2024

Learn to sail in 6 bite size sessions
Saturday's 9:30 - 11:30
7th, 14th, 21st 28th September 5th, 12th October 2024
for ages 10-17

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 7th September 2024

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 7th September 2024

Learn to sail in 6 bite size sessions
Saturday's 9:30 - 11:30
7th, 14th, 21st 28th September 5th, 12th October 2024
for ages 10-17

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 1st June 2024

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 1st June 2024

Learn to sail in 6 bite size sessions Saturday's 9:30 - 11:30 1st, 8th, 15th 22nd, 29th June 6th July 2024 for ages 8-17

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 1st June 2024

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 1st June 2024

Learn to sail in 6 bite size sessions Saturday's 9:30 - 11:30 1st, 8th, 15th 22nd, 29th June 6th July 2024 for ages 8-17

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 13th April 2024

RYA Youth Stage 1 Start Sailing (6 weekly OnBoard sessions) Starting 13th April 2024

Learn to sail in 6 bite size sessions Saturday's 9:30 - 11:30 13th, 20th 27th April 4th, 11th, 18th May 2024 for ages 10-17

RYA Foundation Fund

RYA Foundation Fund

The RYA Foundation seeks to promote participation in boating by those who are disadvantaged by reason of youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances.