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Is dinghy sailing for me?

Love an adventure in the fresh air? then small boat sailing could be for you. You can take your family, go with friends or escape by yourself, leaving the stress of daily life behind on the shore. People of all ages take up dinghy sailing and its very easy to get involved. You’ll quickly find sailing becomes more than just a sport because it’s so sociable. Above all else, dinghy sailing is fun!

Is dinghy sailing safe?

Extremely safe in comparison to many activity sports. Of course there are common sense rules to follow and it will certainly help your confidence if you can swim. The club can advise on personal safety measures that should be taken to enable you to have fun on the water in safety. Ardleigh reservoir is well suited to learners due to its shape and size. There are often quieter spots near to shore while windier areas await you further out should you wish to test your skills.

Does dinghy sailing cost a lot?

It certainly doesn’t have to! Ardleigh Sailing Club has boats you can hire or borrow for as little as a fiver. In the summer we run social sailing sessions which are a brilliant way to practice your skills. Ardleigh Sailing Club is also a great place to find other boat owners who may be happy to welcome beginners to join them as crew. Our membership packages are generally cheaper than the cost of joining a gym!

What do I do next?

Get in touch via email to organise a visit. See you on the water soon!


The Getting Started video published by the RYA provides a good introduction to dinghy sailing:    RYA - Getting started

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