Discover Sailing in the East Region this summer

On coastline, lakes and waterways across the UK there are around 2,000 RYA affiliated clubs and centres offering opportunities for water-lovers of all ages to get afloat, with many of these based on the East Coast inland rivers, lakes, Broads, estuaries and waterways. This summer some venues are running #DiscoverSailing sessions, inviting you to come and ‘have a go’ for very little cost or FREE. These are a brilliant opportunity to get a feel for clubs and what they can offer. 

Sailing can be a great new skill for all ages – and it’s never too late to learn. Despite having lived close to the water in Brightlingsea for 60 years, it was only when she was in her 70s that Carol Eldridge took the plunge and, encouraged by friends, attended a Discover Sailing day at Colne Yacht Club. From that moment, she was hooked and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience, not just learning to sail, but learning about maintenance of boats too – even trying paddleboarding and enjoying being close to wildlife, having seen porpoises, seals and birds from the Essex Coast. To anyone thinking about trying sailing, she says “Just give it a go – it’s got to be on your bucket list. If you don’t try it, you won’t know how much you love it.” Colne Yacht Club will be one of the East Region Clubs running Discover Sailing events this summer. 

Robbie Bell, Regional Development Officer for the East, said: “The varied waterways of the East, from the coast to rivers, lakes and Broads, mean that there is something for everyone. Over the last few years we have seen the benefits for both physical and mental health that being active and outside in the fresh air can bring, and getting on the water is a great way to do this. Sailing is also very social and a brilliant way to meet new people whilst learning a new skill” 

Sailing really is for all ages and abilities who will enjoy the thrill of learning a new skill, meeting new friends, and getting out in the fresh air. By joining a sailing club, you can give back to that community through volunteering and helping to run the club. So what are you waiting for? Give sailing a go this summer. Find your nearest Discover Sailing Event at

If you’re interested in getting afloat locally this this summer, get in touch with your nearest sailing venue and find out what they have to offer by visiting

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