Dinghy Sailing

I’ve just finished the Irish Sailing Association’s “start sailing” course for dinghy sailing at Sutton Dinghy Club just down the road from me. It was all pretty basic stuff – rigging the boat, tacking, reaching, gybing – all in single-handed, plastic, laser picos. A brilliant introduction, though. I’m really looking forward to doing the second level next month.

Hugh Gill

Hugh Gill demonstrating a gybe

I can really see why people love dinghy sailing. They might look like puny little boats, but the feeling of speed when you’re tacking into a strong wind, waves splashing over the bow, hanging out the side and varying the boat and the sail’s angle to wind … excellent fun. I can imagine how exciting racing must be …


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