When life becomes all too predictable, there’s nothing like a trusty New Year’s resolution to get you back on track. But those old faithful pledges – ‘exercise more’,‘eat healthily’ and ‘save money’ – can be hugely uninspiring. That’s why you need a resolution to get your blood pumping and senses tingling. A promise to make a change that you’ll never regret. That’s right – 2017 is the year you learn to sail.
If you’ve never sailed before, then trust us on this one: it’s incredible. Whether you’re cruising down a river or out on the open seas, it’s a hobby like no other. On sunny days, it’s tranquil and relaxing. When the weather gets wild, it’s bracing and life-affirming. Either way, nothing quite compares.
Sailing is an accessible sport too. Children; young professionals; parents; pensioners. Anyone can learn! Whether you’re a total beginner or feel confident on the water, here’s how to turn sailing from a great idea into a fully-fledged hobby.
What do you want from sailing?
If you’re looking for a first-time taster experience, a half or full day leisure sail could whet your appetite. It’s the perfect chance to see what sailing is all about, especially in the milder spring and summer months.
If you have loftier ambitions, you might like to sign up to our sea school. Complete beginners can throw themselves headlong into a 2-day Start Yachting course, with an optional extra 3 days training to qualify as Competent Crew. If you prefer, girls-only options are available too.
The Day Skipper course is a popular choice for those with some sailing experience. At the end of the 5-day or 2 weekend course, you’ll learn how to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters. Or, if 2017 is about pure learning, why not immerse yourself in the RYA Day Skipper Theory? With the option of online learning, you can take it all at your own pace. Alternatively, opt for the blended learning option with face-to-face tuition for an extra boost of support.
To put your new-found skill into practice, there’s nothing like a good challenge! Our mile building trips give you the thrill of planning a passage, crossing the channel and night sailing all within one weekend.
There’s no time like the present
As the cold of winter continues to bite, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get out on the water. Shorter sails – such as sail & soups, sail & roasts or winter warm-ups, are the perfect way to get into sailing – for the very first time, or to brush up on your skills. So jump on the new year’s resolution band wagon (or should we say yacht), and start 2017 as you mean to go on!