Weekend Dinghy Sailing for Groups

Sailing is a great activity for your group whether you have been before or are a novis. It is a good activity for schools, social groups, corporate team building and many other groups. Sharing time on the water, especially sailing brings people closer together. You don’t need a big fancy boat to have a priceless time on the water. The right destination will give your group an outing to remember. You should always use and RYA (Royal Yachting  Association) approved centre where your instructors will be fully trained to the required standard.


Some groups will opt for instruction and structured outings. A more seasoned and adventurous group might go sailing in the Royal Harbour at Ramsgate, or even cruise the Kent coastline in open water. Most folks will want to begin with inshore lakes and waterways.


Those near to Southampton will find a vibrant scene on the Southampton water. Dinghy clubs and marinas with boats for hire are placed near to food and lodging if needed. Club races and a full range of events can be found in the area.  The water sports centre at Calshot is a good location to get instruction for your group.


Bassenthwaite Lake is the largest Inland body of fresh water in the U.K. One can rightfully expect to find a vibrant sailing scene here.  Larger towns around the lake such as Whitehaven have a range of dining from Macdonald’s on up and accommodations for overnight trips.


Pitsford water is the third largest water in the U.K. Supplying the town of Northampton with water this reservoir is also used for fishing, bird watching and of course sailing. In the event that you must travel with those who won’t sail excellent walking and cycling trails around Pitsford provide an alternative.  This is great water for group outings being 750 acres large. The National Police recently staged their dinghy sailing championships on this water.


Derwent water is considered by some to be one of the most scenic in the Lake District.  The water is three miles long and is dotted with islands. The scenery surrounding Derwent makes for a pleasurable day on the water.  The town of Keswick has every level of accommodation from camping to full service hotel.


Poole is a prime dinghy sailing destination for those ready to venture beyond the lakes. Among the renowned beaches is Rocky Sands Beach. A sailing school and hobie cat rental are located here. This beach is not used for swimming and is a great place to sail. Sandbanks Peninsula is a family friendly beach with sailing schools and clean beaches. Near to Poole, Bournemouth in Dorset has Boscombe pier and other places to get under way. Schools and hire outfits will get your group on the sea.


Dinghy sailing is popular and big enough to offer adventures for all types of sailors.  Hire boats and schools are found near most suitable waters. Once ashore, your location can be isolated and serene or in a town with another whole set of experiences waiting. Sailing is a wonderful day on the water with your group, and one you won’t soon forget.

By: Robert Meldrum

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Robert has worked in the travel industry for the past 5 years and has been involved in flight holidays, escorted tours and cruising. Useful resources include: Coach hire and Hotels in England

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