Discover Sailing

Discover Sailing is a nationwide initiative to support clubs to introduce new people into our sport.

Discover Sailing is a National RYA Initiative that helps to generate awareness and pubilcity around opportunities to Try Sailing and Windsurfing - is your club/centre involved?

If you are looking for a way to be more active, spend time with family and enjoy the great outdoors? Have you ever considered what might be possible on-the-water? And it’s probably closer to home than you think! The RYA’s Discover Sailing this summer can offer you the chance to try sailing or windsurfing for little or no cost. No experience necessary!

What can I expect from a Discover Sailing open day event?

Discover Sailing is aimed at anyone interested in getting into a boat and out on the water. With no experience or equipment necessary, events are aimed at complete beginners, as well as more experienced sailors looking for a way back into the sport or interested in finding out more about their local club. Families, children, partners, individuals, groups of friends – everyone is welcome. All clubs, organisations and centres will ensure that their sessions follow the relevant Covid-19 guidance for sport in Scotland.

Once you have seen an event you would like to attend we would recommend that you contact the venue and express your interest. The venue will then be able to give you the details and format of their event.

What do I need to bring?

All kit and safety equipment is provided, all you need is; some clothes you don't mind getting wet (ideally not jeans), a change of clothes (to wear after your on-the-water activity) and a towel.

Some venues are also organising for social types of activity such as tea, cake and barbeques to be available on the day.

How much will it cost?

All activities are free or low cost. Some venues will ask for donations or a small, nominal fee, however the majority of events are running free of charge for visitors.

We really look forward to welcoming you to the many club events happening across Scotland.


Have a look through some other options and see how you get on the water this year with the RYA:


If you would like your event to be listed on the Discover Sailing map please find the details here. Please visit ClubZone for further details. 

If you have any questions then please contact Liza Linton at RYA Scotland on 0131 317 7388 or via our generic email