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A-Z of Sports

Sailing and Windsurfing

Sailing and windsurfing are two great sports for getting you active and energetic, outside in the fresh air. They’re quick and easy to learn – with the right tuition you’ll have great fun, you’ll be speeding along in no time!

Why would I start boating?

Once you’ve learnt the basics, you can actively explore your local stretch of water then
join a sailing club full of like-minded people to go off cruising or racing. No matter what your age or experience, there is a course for you. It won’t cost you a fortune, and there’s an RYA Training Centre near you where you can get started.

Where’s my nearest RYA Training Centre?

Already hooked on sailing?

Then it’s probably time to join a local club where you can enjoy the social side of the sport by making friends and improving your skills on the water with other enthusiastic sailors. There are hundreds of RYA affiliated sailing and windsurfing clubs around the country, and whether you live in a city, on the coast or in the countryside, there will be one that’s local to you.

Where’s my nearest club and what’s going on in my region?

Share your knowledge and skills – become an instructor or coach

Teaching sailing or windsurfing can be a rewarding and challenging career or hobby. The RYA instructor training schemes are progressive – you can develop your skills and qualifications at your own pace by taking endorsement courses, working towards Senior Instructor level and, in the case of sailing, ultimately becoming a Coach/Assessor.

How do I teach sailing?

Try volunteering!

A great way of getting involved with sailing and windsurfing is to volunteer at your local club.

Volunteering can:

  • Enable you to help others
  • Share your skills
  • Make new friends
  • Take a new direction in life
  • Learn to do something new

Want to get involved?

Who is the RYA?

The RYA is the UK’s National Governing Body for all forms of recreational and competitive boating. They represent sailing, motor-cruising, sports-boats, windsurfing, inland boating and personal watercraft coordinating competition and development of these sports.

Want to talk to us?

For further details/information visit our website on


You can call RYA House on 02380 604 100.

Gareth Brookes
RYA Regional Development Officer – Midlands
T: 07876 330136

Patricia Ordsmith
Sailing Development Officer (Staffordshire, Black Country, Birmingham)
Mob: 07810 813272

Brett Cokayne
Disability Development Officer (Midlands)
Royal Yachting Association
Mob: 07800 779302

Alternatively our full address is: RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Hants, SO31 4YA

The Active Black Country lead officer for Sailing and Windsurfing is Sanjay Bensal


The information contained in the A – Z of Sports and the Active Black Country Club and Activity Directory, has been provided by NGBs, Sports Clubs and other Providers. It is the responsibility of each NGB, Club or Provider to ensure that information relating to their NGB, Club or Activity remains up to date. Active Black Country is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided by others and accepts no liability relating to any information contained on the site. It is recommended that you contact an NGB, Club or Provider directly in order to establish specific opportunities available.

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