You may have seen sailing in the Olympics, or racing regattas happening at your local club, maybe you’ve scrolled across an epic snippet of a sailor crashing through waves on social media. Be assured, it’s not always like that! Sailing can be something you do every now and then, you don’t have to be the best sailor in your area or have all the new kit – you can just go sailing for fun! We’ve put a little guide together to help you kickstart your sailing journey.
What is day sailing and why should I do it?
As Sail Magazine said, “a daysailer should be on a boat that is easy to rig and sail, preferably single or doublehanded… and must also be easy to launch…”
Luckily, we have a range of boats that suit a day trip perfectly! Yes… we are known for creating world-class racing sailboats, however, a number of our race designs have turned out to be great daysailers – just look at the RS Aero! We have boats designed for more relaxed and recreational purposes. For example, the RS Quest or RS Venture, not to mention the all-encompassing and ultimate day sailer, the RS Toura!
There are so many benefits that come with the enjoyment and experience of day sailing:
- Physiological benefits (develops muscle strength, improves cardiovascular health, help strengthen bones, improve spatial awareness, coordination and vision)
- Mental benefits (help with mental wellness, improve concentration, reduce stress)
- Skill development (decision making, multitasking, communication, organisation and many more)
Where should I go for a day sail?
We are working hard on creating our own day trails for you around the UK, in the meantime have a look at the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA’s) collection. Click here to explore more and find one that suits you!
Make sure to pick one within your ability and be sure to let someone know when you’re heading out. Sailing doesn’t just have to be a summer activity – you can sail throughout the year, developing knowledge and skills through different weather conditions. Please always check the weather and tide conditions are favourable before you head out. Safety is our number one priority so please plan sufficiently, ask for advice and reach out if you want any more information.
What should I pack to go day sailing?
- Appropriate shoes (that you don’t mind getting wet)
- Wind and waterproof jackets
- Lifejacket or buoyancy aid
- A means of calling for help! (VHF Radio, Mobile Phone..)
- Hot and cold weather layer options
- A cap/hat
- Sun cream
- Waterproof bag to keep your stuff dry
- Waterproof phone case
- Sunglasses and a strap!
- Sailing gloves
- Quick dry UV top
Things just for fun?
- Massive picnic with some chilled beverages 😉
- Portable and waterproof speaker for good vibes
- Playing cards if the chat is dry
- A book if you want to keep yourself to yourself
Can I do it?
Day sailing is a great sport for everyone of any ability, but you do need a basic understanding of sailing prior to setting off on your quest. We recommend you look at the RYAs website for courses if you want to learn, and the RNLI for more information on local environments and how to best prepare. We love it when people explore more and push themselves out of their comfort zone, but sail within your ability – most importantly, have fun!
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