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Dinghy sailing, Windsurfing and Yachting are some of the most popular activities in the UK; around 2.5 million people took part in sailing activities last year - and they represent some of Team GBR’s best medal hopes at the 2012 Olympic Games.

It is not all about racing though, Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing and Yachting are great recreational activities and it is possible to start sailing with very little experience. If you are a newcomer and unsure of where to start, don’t worry these activities share some of the same principles and there are lots of different ways for you to get on the water.

This guide will help you understand how you can get started in Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing and Yachting, what equipment and training is required and what the costs are; enabling you to make the most of the UK’s inland waterways and coastal waters.

Dinghy Sailing

Dinghy Sailing is one of easiest and most affordable ways of getting on the water. Across the UK, there are thousands of locations where you can try dinghy sailing from reservoirs, lakes to rivers and the coast. Most people live less than an hour away from a water opportunity. More dinghy sailing >

Yacht Sailing

Yacht Sailing, or simply Yachting, is often seen as a luxury sport, but you don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy the thrills of yacht sailing. There are several affordable options if you wish to try yacht cruising or racing in the UK or overseas. More about yacht sailing >


Windsurfing is often seen as an extreme sport with big wave riding and acrobatics, but it can also be learnt at a more leisurely pace on lakes and reservoirs before venturing into coastal waters. More about windsurfing >

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