Start boating: Yacht
Yacht sailing is extremely diverse and there are opportunities for everyone to participate. Take the family cruising in warm climates, explore far flung remote places with friends or try your hand at yacht racing. One day you may be sailing offshore surrounded by dolphins and the next you could be anchored in a secluded bay, eating freshly caught fish for lunch. There is no sport that offers a greater variety of emotions, experiences, destinations and social opportunity.
What's it about?
With a reliance on nature and the elements sailing yachts is about adventure, exploration, teamwork and fun. It is a relaxing and enjoyable way to discover new places.
Try out on the water
There are many RYA Training Centres, sailing clubs and charter companies throughout the UK and abroad that run taster days which are an ideal way to get on a sailing yacht for the first time.
The RYA’s Start Sailing and Competent Crew courses are the perfect way to learn the basic principles of sailing whilst meeting like minded people and exploring new locations.
What you'll need
The RYA Training Centre that you choose will provide all the safety kit you require and will have wet weather clothing available, you will therefore require only the minimum of kit to get started.
Find a club
Joining a club is a great way to become involved with the many social and sailing events, you will also meet boat owners who are regularly looking for new crew for yacht racing.
Where to buy
Chandleries in marinas, online mail order companies and your Training Centre are all good places to buy kit, as are the National Boat Shows in Southampton and London.
Books, websites and magazines
The RYA is the leading publisher and retailer of boating books so look no further for all the literature you require. A wealth of information can also be obtained from specialist websites and magazines.
Download your information pack!
We’ve prepared an information pack to get you started with details of what you will need, where to go for advice, gear and courses.