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Royal Yachting Association

Contact Name
RYA House
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
023 8060 4100

Get Involved

Sailing for Disabled Adults

Tuesday 25th September

Saturday morning Kids Club

Saturday 29th September

Youth Advanced Training

Saturday 29th September

Adult Sailing Courses

Saturday 29th September

Senior Sailing Club

Tuesday 25th September

Youth Olympic Games

Sat, 06 Oct 2018 - Thu, 18 Oct 2018

What is Sailing?

Sailing and windsurfing are two great sports for getting you active and energetic, outside in the fresh air.

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.


  • International yacht racing began in 1851 with the America's Cup and sailing was part of the first Olympics in 1896, but heavy winds saw the programme cancelled.


Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Local Programmes

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 Programmes

On Board

The RYA OnBoard programme offers young people the opportunity to try out sailing and windsurfing through their local club or centre in a safe, structured and fun environment.

Local Contacts

Gareth Brookes

Regional Development Manager, East & West Midlands

07826 330 130

Peter Dunn

East Midlands Sailing Development Officer

Royal Yachting Association

07913 901995


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  • Sport England
    Active Rutland
  • Melton LSA
    Active Leicester
    Charnwood LSA
  • H&B LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    County Sport Network