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Sailing for children
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Different types of boat
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You don’t have to be superman to get into windsurfing;
technique plays a greater part than strength, so children learn just as quickly and easily as adults.
Can tiny children go sailing?
Children as young as 8 can sail small boats alone, and there are many craft suitable for families with tiny children too. Nearly all sailing clubs cater for children of any age.
Is sailing dangerous?
Sailing has a very good safety record, and even racing the fastest boats, injuries are incredibly rare. Checking the weather forecast before launching makes it easy to stay as safe as you want to.
Will I get cold and wet?
You'll probably get splashed a bit unless the weather is calm. The proper clothing (bought or hired) will keep you warm and dry so there is no need to shiver. In strong winds, small dinghies may tip completely over, quite safely, and dunk you in the water. All boats will lean over as the wind gets stronger, but large yachts do not tip right over.Read more frequently-asked questions