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Has the excitement of the America’s Cup inspired you to get out on the water? The good news is that sailing is a sport for all and becoming involved is easier than you think. Here are five tips to get you started:

Try sailing and windsurfing for free or very little cost at one of the 40 venues across the country that will be running this summer. Whether you’re a newcomer, a family or you’ve sailed before and want to get back into a boat, there’ll be something for everyone.

  • Sailing clubs are more inclusive than ever

There are over 1,200 across the country, inland and coastal, where you can learn to sail and get involved in club sailing. Your local club may run a regular session where you can learn with an experienced sailor. Open days are also the perfect chance to look around, meet members, and generally get a good feel for the club.

  • You don’t need to buy a boat

Dispelling the myth that you have to own your own boat, all good clubs and centres will have training boats that, for a small fee – often as little as £5 for two hours, you will be able to borrow. This will give you the chance to try different boats. If you do want your own, clubs are a great place to pick up second hand bargains.

Training is the best and quickest way to build skills and confidence. The RYA’s certificate schemes in sailing, windsurfing and powerboating are internationally renowned and provide the perfect stepped approach to learning and progression. You’ll certainly find asuitable for your needs.

If you want to guarantee some sunshine and warmth, there are plenty of companies that offer great breaks for the whole family with unlimited sailing and water sports included in the dealIf you fancy a bigger boat, there are so many trips to choose from whether it’s a sailing trip with your own skipper on-board or joining a flotilla holiday suitable for beginners and families of all ages.

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