If the sea is calling, there is no better way to learn the ropes than dinghy sailing at Tighnabruaich Sailing School on Argyll’s Secret Coast. We are less than 2 hours from Glasgow and steeped in maritime history, surrounded by stunning scenery and idyllic sheltered bays. Are you dreaming of sailing the west coast on your own yacht, but do not know where to start? We can help you.
Why start your sailing career in a dinghy? In general, you will learn more in a few hours on a dinghy than in a month on a bigger boat. The necessity for the helm to continually move their weight around to help keep the boat upright, helps to give you an understanding and develop an inner feel for the complex interaction between sails, hull and rudder, wind and wave. Responses become automatic quicker! There is nothing like a dunking to concentrate the mind on staying upright!
As a result, dinghy sailors tend to have very good wind awareness and therefore a better understanding of sail handling.
Of course, dinghy sailing is also excellent for keeping you in good shape. However, we do have to warn you, sailing so close to the water is exhilarating and can become addictive!
Sailing is one of the most accessible sports in the country, whether you live by the sea or inland, and it is among the most rewarding. Owning a dinghy does not have to be expensive. There are a plethora of great dinghies to be found on the 2nd hand market and plenty of clubs around the country to support you in your sailing. Alternatively, tow it behind your car to stunning locations like Argyll’s Secret Coast, and take to the sea in our sheltered waters, but make sure you have first learnt the basics at Tighnabruaich Sailing School and are safe at all times.
Once you have learnt the basics, you might want to move onto something bigger to sail further afield. The solid appreciation of the wind and sails that you will have learnt on a dinghy, are all transferrable to larger boats and will stand you in very good stead.
So what is stopping you? Our next adult course is on the bank holiday weekend 27/28th May , with further courses in June and July. Is it not time you took to the sea? After all, there is absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats!