Shoestring Sailing Group Frequently asked questions

Shoestring Sailing Group Frequently asked questions


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When did sailing make its Olympic debut?   

Sailing made its Olympic debut in Paris 1900 with both men's and women's competitions. With the exception of St Louis 1904, the sport has appeared at every Olympic Games since.

What are the 5 essentials of sailing?   

1. Sail-setting 2. Balance 3. Centreboard 4. Trim 5. Course

How do I start   

Start with a dinghy as it will provide an intimate experience of sailing. Handling a dinghy provides basic sailing expertise.

Can anyone sail   

You do not need to be fit or able-bodied to sail, as there are such a variety of boats to cater for everyone. If you cannot swim, do not sail alone - just make sure your instructor or companion is aware. Disabled sailors may have to travel further to find a suitably-equipped sailing venue.