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Sailing and windsurfing are two great sports for getting you active and energetic, outside in the fresh air.

An Overview of Sailing

Sailing and windsurfing are two great sports for getting you active and energetic, outside in the fresh air.

Once you've learnt the basics, you can actively explore your local stretch of water then join a sailing club full of like-minded people to go off cruising or racing. No matter what your age or experience, there is a course for you. It won't cost you a fortune, and there's an RYA Training Centre near you where you can get started.

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Sailing builds strength and endurance in the arms, shoulders and chest muscles and also aids the ability to think strategically and tactically due to the challenge of having to constantly react to changing conditions.


For beginners, the RYA's Start Sailing courses provide the perfect introduction to the sport, ensuring you learn the correct techniques and know how to sail safely.


Each RYA Training Centre can provide all the safety kit you require and will have wet weather clothing available, meaning only the minimum of kit is needed to get started.


  • International yacht racing began in 1851 with the America's Cup and sailing was part of the first Olympics in 1896, but heavy winds saw the programme cancelled.

Find Sailing Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

Royal Yachting Association

Contact Name
RYA House
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
023 8060 4100

1st Woodville (St .Stephens) Scouts

1st Woodville (St Stephens) Scout Group is located in Woodville in the Heart of the National Forest in South Derbyshire. Join us on our adventure! Face the challenges, develop new skills, work as a team and make lasting memories.

Saturday morning Kids Club

Saturday morning Kids Club

Ages 8 to 18 - Learn to sail on a Saturday morning (10am to 12 noon) and achieve your RYA Stage 1 & 2 Dinghy Sailing Qualifications. £10 / week

Youth Advanced Training

Youth Advanced Training

Advanced training for kids holding RYA Stage 1 & 2 and a chance to progress onto our Leicestershire Race Team

Adult Sailing Courses

Adult Sailing Courses

Gain RYA Level 1 & 2 Dinghy Sailing over 6 weeks on a Saturday morning

Sunday Sailing Sessions

Sunday Sailing Sessions

The base will be open for those sailors who have their RYA Level 1 & 2 Certificates to practice and have a bit of fun!!
£10 / session
Please email info@lrysa.org.uk or message us if you are interesting in joining us.

Senior Sailing Club

Senior Sailing Club

An opportunity to learn to sail at a more relaxed pace than our other courses!

Every Tuesday morning (weather dependent)

Sailing for Disabled Adults

Sailing for Disabled Adults

Tuesdays (10.30am to 4.30pm) in conjunction with Mosaic

Learn to Sail  (Age 8 to 18) - 5 days

Learn to Sail (Age 8 to 18) - 5 days

A 5 day course designed to provide 8 to 18 year olds the opportunity to learn to sail to RYA Stage 2 Dinghy Sailing Qualification over the week.

John Merricks Sailing Trust

Supporting youth sailing

Eric Twiname Trust

Grants to support young sailors.