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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.

Find Sailing Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

National Governing Bodies

Royal Yachting Association

Contact Name
RYA House
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
023 8060 4100

Loughborough University

Loughborough is extremely proud of its reputation for providing the best student experience. From its earliest days Loughborough University has produced research that matters, with strong links with industry, commerce and the professions.

Active Rutland

Rutland Local Sport Alliance (LSA) commonly known as Active Rutland acts as a key group in enabling key partners in sport, active recreation, health and physical activity in Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland Youth Sailing Association (LRYSA)

The LRYSA aims to make sailing accessible to everyone regardless of age, background or ability! If you have Special Needs then please contact us as we also offer specialized sessions on the water.

John Merricks Sailing Trust

Supporting youth sailing

Eric Twiname Trust

Grants to support young sailors.

Gareth Brookes

Regional Development Manager, East & West Midlands

07826 330 130


  • Charnwood LSA
    Sport England
    H&B LSA
    O&W LSA
    Harborough LSA
  • Blaby LSA
    Equality Standard
    Active Leicester
    Active Rutland
    Melton LSA
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Active Partnerships


  • O&W LSA
    H&B LSA
  • Active Leicester
    Melton LSA
  • Active Partnerships
    Equality Standard
  • Active Rutland
    Charnwood LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Sport England
    Leicestershire County Council