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Where To Sail

2: Assessing your priorities

Be realistic about how far you are happy to travel — whatever your level of enthusiasm, you are more likely to get afloat frequently if you can get to the boat within 30 minutes than if a round trip of well over two hours is involved.

It is also important to analyse what you need from your initial club in order to get started in the sport. Is tuition a must? What about (possibly informal) on-going support and coaching to help you improve and develop your skills? Are most of the members you meet at the club approachable and friendly?

Does the club own boats that members can use? This can ease the route into the sport, allowing you to figure out whether sailing is really for you, and enabling you try a variety of boats before committing to the expense of buying one. If you have children who would also like to learn to sail, it’s obviously important to figure out what each prospective club would offer them.

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