There are so many places to learn to sail across the Broads – from one off courses to established sailing clubs. Whatever your age, it is never too late to learn, and you needn’t own your own boat. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
WHITLINGHAM OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE
Trowse, NR14 8TR whitlinghamoec.co.uk Regularly runs a series of sailing courses for families, adults and children across different levels.
Upton, NR13 6BL eastwood-whelpton.co.uk Offers day boats and short breaks, with or without a skipper, RYA sail training, courses and taster sessions.
BARTON TURF ADVENTURE CENTRE
Barton Turf, NR12 8AZ btac-services.co.uk. A RYA recognised dinghy sailing school open to everyone from eight years old upwards based at Barton Broad.
THE ROYAL YACHTING ASSOCIATION (RYA)
‘Push the Boat Out’ Between May 13 and 21, many local sailing clubs in Norfolk are taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out sessions, which encourage people to give sailing a go. It is a great way to see whether you enjoy getting out on the water and there are lots of opportunities to sail. Among the clubs taking part are Coldham Hall, Horning and Hickling Sailing Clubs, the Norfolk Punt Club and the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club. For a full list of RYA accredited clubs in Norfolk, and for information about Push the Boat Out, see www.rya.org.uk