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3: Keelboats and multihulls

If getting wet doesn’t appeal and you’d prefer your time to be spent exclusively on the water, rather than occasionally in it, learning in a keelboat is worth serious consideration. These are larger than dinghies, and have a weighted keel for stability and resistance to capsize, but are lighter and easier to handle than yachts. There are plenty of opportunities for racing keelboats on many larger lakes and reservoirs, as well as around the coast, with popular classes including Squibs, Flying 15s, X One-Designs and Laser SB3s.

The National Sailing Scheme may be taken in a keelboat, with the same elements as for dinghy sailors. The same applies for those wanting to try the faster-paced action of multihull sailing, although fewer establishments offer this option, so many people start with the basic levels of dinghy sailing courses, before transferring to multihull courses.


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