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Royal Yachting Association

Contact Name
RYA House
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
023 8060 4100

Get Involved

Saturday morning Kids Club

Saturday 17th March

Youth Advanced Training

Saturday 17th March

Senior Sailing Club

Tuesday 20th March

Sailing for Disabled Adults

Tuesday 3rd April

Adult Sailing Courses

Saturday 14th April

Sailing World Championships

Mon, 30 Jul 2018 - Sun, 12 Aug 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.


National Sporting Heritage Day

Held on the 30th September every year, the day provides a focus point for sporting heritage in the UK.

Local Programmes

Your Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance

A Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (LSA) is a collection of people who have a desire to develop and promote sport and physical activity in their locality.

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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    East Midlands Platform
    Harborough District Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    British Heart Foundation
    Sport England
    Loughborough University
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Age UK L&R
    Equality Standard
  • Leicester City Council
    Blaby District Council
    County Sport Network


  • Melton Borough Council
    Harborough District Council
  • Safeguarding
    Age UK L&R
  • Rutland County Council
    Leicester City Council
  • East Midlands Platform
    Loughborough University
  • Sport England
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • British Heart Foundation
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Equality Standard
    Blaby District Council
  • County Sport Network