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Sailing

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.

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

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National Governing Bodies

Royal Yachting Association

Contact Name
RYA House
Contact Email
enquiries@rya.org.uk
Contact Telephone
023 8060 4100
Northampton Sailing Club & Watersports Centre

Northampton Sailing Club & Watersports Centre

Fantastic sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, kayaking location in stunning settings with ample parking.

Qualified RYA Instructors
Sailing Instruction
Windsurfing Instruction
Powerboat and Rescue Instruction

Hollowell Sailing Club

Hollowell Sailing Club

Hollowell Sailing Club is located near Guilsborough village northwest of Northampton. We cater for sailors and windsurfers of all abilities, and are particularly proud of our junior membership and youth squad. We are a fully authorised RYA Training Centre

Cransley Sailing Club

Cransley Sailing Club

RYA training centre. We provide learn to sail courses for adults and youths. We also offer Stand Up Paddleboarding and Model Sailing.

Action4Youth

Action4Youth

Our charity gives local children and young people inspiring experiences and life skills, no matter what their background, ability or disability. We run two outstanding outdoor education centres, deliver NCS, Duke of Edinburgh and give vital support to ove

Middle Nene  Sailing Club Open Day

Middle Nene Sailing Club Open Day

Corona regulations permitting, we will be holding our traditional Open Day on the Early May Bank Holiday, 2nd May 2022 (11am to 4pm).
Discover for yourself why sailing is such a wonderful sport!