There are few pastimes that afford the freedom and opportunities that yacht sailing can provide. Whether you’re relaxing on a family day trip or cruising off for a week, month or year; yacht sailing offers a worldwide playground for you to explore.
Many companies offer first-time yachting experiences where you can enjoy yacht sailing in a safe and comfortable environment. In less than a day you can discover how the boat works, learn some of the sailing jargon and maybe even have a go at the helm. You’ll certainly feel like you're part of the crew.
If you're just starting out, or don't want the burden of ownership then joining a club or association who have yachts available for club members is a great option. There are several such yachting associations in the UK and these offer a great chance to get out on the water with other experienced club members and help crew a cruise or race. Some associations own their own boats, others arrange charters to get people afloat.
If you want to guarantee some sunshine, you might like the idea of a yachting holiday abroad. There are plenty of opportunities for complete novices 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.
The more confident you get the more you can explore, therefore taking an RYA course is great place to start. RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew courses are taught by qualified instructors at RYA accredited centres and are perfect for getting to grip with the basics. You can take a course alone, or with your partner or family (if your children aren't too young). Visit UK Sail Training if you’re looking for opportunities for young people to go on their own.
Yachting is an activity without any barriers. If you have a disability, RYA Sailability can help you get on the water and can point you to organisations that offer sea sailing.