Dinghy sailing, at its most basic level, is a simple pleasure that is more of an art that a science. It has more to do with instinct and feeling than knowing all the tricks in the sailing manual. Dinghy sailing can be enjoyed immediately as an observer or as an active participant, with increasing pleasure and satisfaction coming as your confidence and experience grows.
There is a huge range of dinghy designs and classes from which to select a boat that will suit you best. But the first decision to make is whether you plan to sail single-handed (on you own) or with a crew.
Double-handers (two-people boats) are sailed by a helmsman and one crew. These dinghies have both a main sail and a jib to drive the boat, with the option of a spinnaker for use downwind. It is rewarding to work as part of a team in which the crew plays an important role... and you may prefer company while you sail. Larger dinghies used for recreational sailing can have sufficient space and buoyancy to carry up to five people, making them ideal for family sailing.
Dinghy designs cater for all ages (from seven to seventy) and all abilities (from disabled to super-athletic) each offering a unique sailing experience.