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Dinghy sailing

Smaller, cheaper and more easily accessible than big boat sailing, dinghy sailing can be accessed by just about anyone regardless of location, age or mobility. Dinghy sailing can be fun and laid-back if all you want to do is float around an inland lake and just take in the view, or it can be fast and exhilarating as you hang out on the trapeze of a lightweight racing boat.

Even if you have never thought about dinghy sailing before and have no idea about rigging a boat or identifying the boom from the bumkin, it does not matter. There are plenty of places to start your sailing career. Dinghy sailing is a wonderful way for both children and adults to learn a lot about teamwork as part of a crew, or to make split-second decisions based on their own intuition and to see if it is the right choice! Many people get hours of fun out of tweaking and perfecting their boat and rig, whereas others are completely content with a 1 design plastic dinghy where the competition is all on the water.

Dinghy sailing is for anyone, wherever the wind hits the water.

How to run/provide dinghy sailing

There are 3 ways of running Dinghy sailing in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running dinghy sailing yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running dinghy sailing using an external provider

  3. Activity for adult groups - running dinghy sailing for a group entirely of adults

Useful links

The National Governing Body for dinghy sailing is:

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