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Getting Started in Sailing

Getting started in sailing often means different things to different people. Dinghy sailing generally appeals to younger people looking for a more dynamic sailing experience – and who don’t mind getting wet. Dinghies cover a spectrum of designs from mild mannered vessels like the venerable Wayfarer to the tiny foiling moths and awesome 18 foot skiffs – possibly the ultimate dinghy.

If you fancy something nearly as nippy but without a tendency to invert when capsised you might enjoy keelboat sailing. Like a big dinghy but with the stability of a ballast keel. Dinghies and keelboats are awesome fun and a fast-track route to  solid sailing skills. When sailing a dinghy or keelboat feedback is instant unlike a heavier yacht and the learning process condensed and exciting. So; dinghies & keelboats = fast learning – might get wet…

Yachts provide a more stable platform and way more creature comforts – tea making facilities and a loo (heads) go hand-in-hand – leading to sailing experiences that last for more than a couple of hours and which could ultimately take you round the world – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Learning the basics of sailing on a yacht is slower than learning on a dinghy or keelboat because yachts, being heavier have a muted response to inputs. However if yacht sailing is your goal then all the other skills you will soak up while learning the basics have real value in the long term.

Take a look at our books and if you are within comfortable travelling distance to Southampton you might like to consider the Milebuilding Club as a civilised route to all-round yacht sailing competence.

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The Complete Day Skipper - Tom Cunliffe

The Complete Day Skipper – Tom Cunliffe – Digital Exercises

Pass Your Day Skipper - David Fairhall & Mike Peyton

Pass Your Day Skipper – David Fairhall & Mike Peyton

The Complete Day Skipper - Tom Cunliffe

The Complete Day Skipper – Tom Cunliffe

Reeds Crew Handbook - Bill Johnson

Reeds Crew Handbook – Bill Johnson

Reeds Knot Handbook A Pocket Guide to Knots, Hitches and Bends - Jim Whippy

Reeds Knot Handbook A Pocket Guide to Knots, Hitches and Bends – Jim Whippy

Reeds Splicing Handbook - Jan Willem Polman

Reeds Splicing Handbook – Jan Willem Polman

How Boat Things Work

How Boat Things Work: An Illustrated Guide – Charlie Wing