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How To Get Started

There are a number of ways to get into the sport of sailing:

Have a Go:

If you just want to try it out then there are a number of activity operators that offer taster sessions in both dinghy and keelboat sailing. In a short space of time you be able to take control of the boat under the watchful eye of an instructor.

Courses:

There a large number of Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Teaching Establishments in Northern Ireland. Contact RYA Northern Ireland to find your nearest club or sailing school

Crewing:

There are always numerous crewing opportunities available at your local yacht club. Crewing for others can save the expense of having to buy your own boat. Many clubs organise "Try Sailing" days to attract new members.

Is It Easy?

Sailing is accessible to all ages and abilities. Clubs and sailing schools will have a wide variety of boats to suit all ages and abilities.

Contact RYA Northern Ireland to find out your local club or sailing school.

Is It Expensive?

Is it expensive

It is a myth that sailing is an expensive sport. If you are taking a course at a sailing school or yacht club the necessary equipment will be supplied.

A second hand sailing dinghy can be purchased for less than £1000. Yacht club membership starts from around £90 a year and sailing clothing can be purchased from a range of budget suppliers.

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