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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

Your local Physical Activity, Sport & Health Team

Delivering programmes to support you to become more active.

National Governing Bodies

Royal Yachting Association

Contact Name
RYA House
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
023 8060 4100

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.

Sunday Sailing Sessions

Sunday Sailing Sessions

The base will be open for those sailors who have their RYA Level 1 & 2 Certificates to practice and have a bit of fun!!
£10 / session
Please email info@lrysa.org.uk or message us if you are interesting in joining us.

Senior Sailing Club

Senior Sailing Club

An opportunity to learn to sail at a more relaxed pace than our other courses!

Every Tuesday morning (weather dependent)

Sailing for Disabled Adults

Sailing for Disabled Adults

Tuesdays (10.30am to 4.30pm) in conjunction with Mosaic

Saturday morning Kids Club

Saturday morning Kids Club

Ages 8 to 18 - Learn to sail on a Saturday morning (10am to 12 noon) and achieve your RYA Stage 1 & 2 Dinghy Sailing Qualifications. £10 / week

Youth Advanced Training

Youth Advanced Training

Advanced training for kids holding RYA Stage 1 & 2 and a chance to progress onto our Leicestershire Race Team

Adult Sailing Courses

Adult Sailing Courses

Gain RYA Level 1 & 2 Dinghy Sailing over 6 weeks on a Saturday morning

Learn to Sail  (Age 8 to 18) - 5 days

Learn to Sail (Age 8 to 18) - 5 days

A 5 day course designed to provide 8 to 18 year olds the opportunity to learn to sail to RYA Stage 2 Dinghy Sailing Qualification over the week.

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


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


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