Sailing is unlike any other sport you’ll have tried, you can take in your surroundings entirely whilst you are on the water, unless you’re racing, and even then it’s just exhilarating to feel the wind on your face, smell the fresh sea air and see land from an entirely different perspective!
Here are some of the reasons sailing is so great and why you should get on the water if you have the opportunity to do so!
There is no feeling like it, and knowing you’re in charge of a dinghy or yacht is exciting!
2. Sailing has no limits
If you’re disabled in any way there are schemes to get out on the water. There are so many options available for everyone.
We even taught our gran to sail!
3. You don't need to be super fit
Unless you’re racing, sailing is a very relaxing sport!
The Solent has a rich maritime history, and being in these waters knowing that old naval warships, cruise liners and even Viking longboats have sailed in them too, makes you just as big a part of the history surrounding us!
5. The sea is the biggest playground you'll find
On top of this, you’re using mother nature to your advantage, and using no fuel. What’s not to love? When you’re learning, it’s just as fun inshore.
Just being on the water is an experience you’ll never forget!
6. Peace and quiet
You’ll never experience tranquillity like it.
You’re also likely to not find mobile phone signal, so if you want to avoid those work phone calls at the weekend, there’s a great excuse to ignore your boss!
On top of this, when out at sea you can often find company of a different kind!
This was crossing Lyme Bay last summer, but dolphins are often spotted in the Solent, playing in the wake of tankers, cruise ships and even yachts if you have your sail trim just right and pick up enough speed!
8. Broaden your horizons, quite literally
Ok, not everyone can afford a yacht to sail round the world, but flotilla holidays in the Mediterranean or Caribbean are a less expensive way to spend time on the water, whilst also getting a great tan and having a fun, active holiday!
9. It helps you in the workplace
Perhaps you didn’t check the forecast, perhaps you’re on a long trip and there’s no way around it, but the unexpected can always occur, and whilst unlikely, sailing in these moments teaches you a lot about yourself and how you handle or deal with a stressful situation.
This can be transferred to the workplace and makes you realise those daily challenges perhaps aren’t as stressful as first thought! It can also help with your leadership skills, especially if you’re the Skipper, having to take control and direct your crew
10. It's great fun!
Whether they were skipper or just a passenger being chauffeured around for the day.