OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADinghy sailing is a fantastic sport which can be enjoyed by everyone, male, female, young and old. You can sail or race on your own, with your partner, or with your children. You don’t have to be in fantastic physical shape to sail, although there’s no doubt that a couple of hours of sailing makes for good exercise. If your dream is to skipper your own yacht, then learning to sail a dinghy is the best way to gain an appreciation of boat handling that will stand you in good stead.

Contrary to popular opinion, dinghy sailing is not an expensive or elitist pastime. Plenty of beautiful second hand boats have been bought by club members for no more than a couple of hundred pounds, and the necessary safety gear such as bouyancy aids are also not expensive.

Learning the basics is not difficult, and Attenborough SC’s RYA approved training school offers courses which will take you from a complete novice to a basic dinghy sailor in a couple of long weekends.

Attenborough Sailing Club is an RYA recognised teaching establishment and has been providing sail training for over 25 years years.

All our courses are run to the guidelines and recommendations of the RYA, the National Governing Body for sailing in Britain and the club is inspected by a RYA Inspector most years whilst a course is being run. All instructors are RYA qualified and those working with juniors are CRB checked. You can view the club policy on child protection.

You will start outsailing with one otherperson and an instructor in each boat and by the end of the course you will be able to sail around a triangular course in a moderate breeze.

Our fleet of training dinghies comprises of 4 RS Visions, 2 RS Feva, 2 Laser Bug and 4 Toppers. The Feva and Bug dingies are boats specifically designed for junior sailing.

Many, people who have taken part on our courses have gone on to join the club and there’s no doubt that these initial courses provide a great start to many years of enjoyable sailing. If you’re not sure it’s for you, then either visit the club on a Sunday and someone will take you out, or visit our annual open day!