Have you been sailing yachts for a while? If it’s a passion that really excites you and you feel the need for speed, perhaps yacht racing is for you! But where do you start? Probably your best bet is to start by contacting local sailing schools to see what sailing courses they have available.
They’ll be able to give you the technical and morale-boosting skills that you need. Training will often involve shorter races that are ideal for the novice yacht racer. Yacht racing is also highly sociable, so you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people too. It’s a great way to learn more about the sport and indeed developing your own personal and team skills.
If you’re considering yacht racing, you need to make sure that you are physically fit. Racing is a demanding sport that requires flexibility, commitment, previous sailing ability and you need to have the ability to learn new skills. You’ll also need a good sense of humor and the ability to get on with a variety of new people – who are likely to become friends!
So firstly you’ll need to join a yacht club that will give you all of the necessary information for you to start your training to race. You can also join a yachting association that will provide you with all you need to enable you to race. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) will be able to provide you with guidance and DVDs to help you train. Their ISAF rulebook will give you essential training on basic rules, code flags and much more.
Don’t forget that you’ll need to make sure that you have all necessary insurance for your yacht too as racing will have different insurance requirements to sailing. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling the adrenaline pumping as you experience your first race!