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No Excuses

1: Introduction

Perhaps one of the most important things for a newcomer to realise is that there are so many different aspects to sailing and racing that they could almost be considered different sports that just happen to share some of the same principles. Racing a singlehanded dinghy on a small body of inland water, for instance, is very different to offshore yacht racing. This is different again to racing one of the many classic designs such as XODs, Salcombe Yawls and the Royal Mersey YC Mylne class, which collectively attract thousands of enthusiasts all round the country.

Of course, this can prompt a dilemma in itself ó where to start? The answer will depend partly on what kind of sailing appeals to you and partly on whatís available within an acceptable travelling distance of where you live. Donít forget that you can always try out new areas of the sport at any time ó in fact doing so is often the best way to figure out what you enjoy most, as well as helping to broaden your experience and knowledge base. Given all the compelling reasons to get afloat, itís perhaps not surprising that marine industry research shows that a very large proportion of the population is interested in going boating, but there are many perceived barriers that put people off actually doing so. We solve the most common complaints...


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