Should I Learn to Sail on a Yacht or Dinghy?

The old question! 

Some people will tell you that the best way to learn to sail is on a dinghy, where the lightness and responsiveness of a small boat help you to get an understanding of sailing and how to turn theory into practice. This is half right.

If you have a child that is interested in learning to sail, learning in a dinghy has some benefits. It is cheaper! It also allows your child to take control of his or her own vessel sooner in the process and any mistakes are likely to be much lighter on your pocket. Also, you probably don’t need a crew to sail and you’re able to take your dinghy with you when you go on holiday!

The upsides to sailing on a yacht are persuasive. First of all, if you intend to buy a yacht or spend your time sailing on a yacht then why not start as you mean to go on. Sailing a fixed keel yacht involves very many more skills including pilotage and navigation, seamanship, crew management, maintenance and boat handling. It can take some time to become competent in all of these areas and as an adult, you are probably short of one thing in particular; time.

The best way to learn how to sail a yacht is to sail a yacht! And why not enjoy all the benefits that sailing a yacht can offer, including sharing the experience with friends and family, exploring new anchorages, learning all the disciplines involved in becoming a safe and accomplished yachtsman - and getting to cover mileages you could never achieve in a dinghy.

Our recommendation? Come and see us and start the journey.

For more information about our RYA sailing courses, please contact us or call on 02380 970824.