Get on Board

Sailing is an exciting, social and outdoor activity that offers a real sense of freedom. There is a wide range of boats and equipment to enable people to learn to sail, get on the water regularly and even complete on an equal footing. Activities range from dinghy sailing, keelboat sailing, cruising, racing, windsurfing, power-boating to canal boating.

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The Royal Yachting Association’s Sailability programme is a network of over 200 sites around the UK ready to give you a warm welcome, and help get you on the water, whatever it takes. There is bound to be somewhere near you to give it a go, whether an inland lake, or coastal venue. Different sites have different facilities and resources to support you, whether it is onshore or afloat, and Sailability can help you find the right activity, with the right equipment, and in the right place.

Watch this video of how Sally Wallace has got on the water and get on board yourself. Sally is partially paralysed, she tried sailing and enjoyed it so much that she has now joined Bolton Sailing Club and as a member sails on regular basis. She has been welcomed by the club who have a very inclusive attitude.

How you can get on the water and find a site near you

Getting started is about getting on the water for the first time and enjoying the thrill of battling the elements – from there a variety of schemes, courses and activities can help you learn the basics and develop your skills. Have a look at the Royal Yachting Association Sailability website.

Find a Sailability venue

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