Sailing & Windsurfing

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Getting Started

Sailing and windsurfing are two great sports for getting you active and energetic, outside in the fresh air. They’re quick and easy to learn – with the right tuition you’ll have great fun, you’ll be speeding along in no time!

Why would I start boating?

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.

Where’s my nearest RYA Training Centre?

RYA-Photo-1Already hooked on sailing?

Then it’s probably time to join a local club where you can enjoy the social side of the sport by making friends and improving your skills on the water with other enthusiastic sailors. There are hundreds of RYA affiliated sailing and windsurfing clubs around the country, and whether you live in a city, on the coast or in the countryside, there will be one that’s local to you.

Where’s my nearest club and what’s going on in my region?

RYA-Photo-4Share your knowledge and skills – become an instructor or coach

Teaching sailing or windsurfing can be a rewarding and challenging career or hobby. The RYA instructor training schemes are progressive – you can develop your skills and qualifications at your own pace by taking endorsement courses, working towards Senior Instructor level and, in the case of sailing, ultimately becoming a Coach/Assessor.

How do I teach sailing?

RYA-Photo-2Try volunteering!

A great way of getting involved with sailing and windsurfing is to volunteer at your local club.

Volunteering can:

  • Enable you to help others
  • Share your skills
  • Make new friends
  • Take a new direction in life
  • Learn to do something new

Want to get involved?

RYA-Photo-3Who is the RYA?

The RYA is the UK’s National Governing Body for all forms of recreational and competitive boating. They represent sailing, motor-cruising, sports-boats, windsurfing, inland boating and personal watercraft coordinating competition and development of these sports.

Want to talk to us?

For further details/information visit our website on


You can call RYA House on 02380 604 100.

Gareth Brookes
RYA Regional Development Officer – Midlands
Mobile: 07876 330136

Brett Cokayne
Disability Development Officer (Midlands)
Royal Yachting Association
Mobile: 07800 779302

Alternatively our full address is: RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Hants, SO31 4YA.

Click here for full contacts page on our RYA website