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8: Where to sail

Don’t be fooled into thinking that a big body of water is essential for good racing. Granted, if you want to sail multihulls, then only the largest reservoirs and lakes will have space for them. But dinghy racing on a narrow stretch of river, or a small lake, can see the action (which mostly happens at mark roundings) concentrated into a small area, which maximises the fun and accelerates the rate at which you hone your newfound skills.

Once you start doing well in club racing, you may want to travel to a few open meetings, where a larger number of boats in one class compete at other clubs.

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