WIND POWERED

Harness natures power to propel yourself across the water. Wind powered activities are some of the most popular activities in the UK.

Dinghy Sailing

Dinghy sailing is very popular because it is open to people of all ages and abilities. Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing day’s sailing with the kids in a cruising dinghy or if you are looking for speed and excitement in a racing dinghy, there is something for everyone. Getting into dinghy sailing is relatively inexpensive and simple. Most sailing centres or clubs will be able to hire or lend you the necessary equipment to get on the water. Dinghies are usually small boats which you can sail on your own ( single-handed ), in a pair ( double-handed ) or with a group of friends, depending on whether you enjoy the social aspect of sailing or prefer the challenge of being in total control.

One of the most important things for you to know is that dinghies are categorised into different ‘classes’ or types of boat depending on their size, design and the number of crew they can hold. Choosing a type of sailing ‘class’ depends partly on what type of sailing appeals to you and partly on what’s available within an acceptable travelling distance of your home. Don’t worry though, you can always try out new areas of sailing at any time — in fact this is often the best way to figure out what you enjoy most, as well as helping to broaden your experience and knowledge base.

Yachting

Yacht sailing is one of the most popular boating activities in the UK because it is open to people of all abilities and ages – you can start sailing with little experience and you don’t need to own your own yacht.

With the wind and your actions driving the boat to your destination, there is a real sense of achievement when you are safely moored up and reliving the excitement of the day. There are many ways of experiencing yacht sailing whether it’s cruising the coastline at your own pace, stopping to savour the stunning scenery and visit sites of interest or reveling in thrill of racing in a regatta or race.

One of the most important things for you to know is that yachts are categorised into different ‘classes’ or types of boat depending on their size, design and number of crew. Choosing a yacht  type or ‘class’ depends partly on what type of sailing appeals to you and partly on what’s available within an acceptable travelling distance of your home. Don’t worry though, you can always try out other types of sailing at any time — in fact this is often the best way to figure out what you enjoy most, as well as helping to broaden your experience and knowledge base.

Windsurfing

Windsurfing is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. It consists of a board usually two to three meters long, with a volume of about 60 to 250 litres, powered by wind on a sail. The rig is connected to the board by a free-rotating universal joint and consists of a mast, two-sided boom and sail. The sail area generally ranges from 2.5 m2 to 12 m2 depending on the conditions, the skill of the sailor and the type of windsurfing being undertaken.

Windsurfing is an easily-accessible sport. To get started, you will need a board and a rig, which is made up of a sail, mast, mast base and a boom. When windsurfing, the rider stands on a stable board, similar to a surfboard, and uses the wind and a sail to propel themselves across the water. The sail is connected to the board by a joint which enables them to turn the board.

Most modern windsurfers are derived from a shortboard design and are intended to be used in “planning” mode which is where the board is mostly skipping over the surface of the water, rather than cutting through, and displacing the water. Planing is faster and gives more maneuverability.

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