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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

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.


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.

Edgbaston Watersports

Edgbaston Watersports is Birmingham's Premier venue for Watersports and Outdoor Adventure Education. Canoeing, Sailing, Kayaking, Windsurfing and many more!
Birthday parties, Stag & Hen Parties, Adult courses, SUP - Stand Up Paddleboarding

Disability Sailing

Disability Sailing

Get active with our disability sailing opportunity at Aztec Upton Warren.

There is a range of equipment for all abilities to learn how to sail, with qualified and friendly instructors.

No experience is needed.

There are 3 timeslots available every Friday (5:30 - 6:15pm, 6:15 - 7pm, 7 - 7:45pm) which we will allocate on request once we've confirmed your booking

John Merricks Sailing Trust

Supporting youth sailing

Eric Twiname Trust

Grants to support young sailors.