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Dinghy sailing is the activity of sailing small boats, either competitively or purely for recreation. The boats are propelled solely through wind in their sails, and are manoeuvred by trimming the sails, rudder and crew movement within the boat.

Dinghy sailing can be practised in large lakes or rivers, but most commonly close to shoreline seas.

Dinghy sailing can be enjoyed by a very wide age range. Training and competence being the largest decider.

As with all water sports there are potential dangers, which must be considered regarding age and health, commonsense should prevail.

Dinghy sailing accommodates the widest range of physical ability.

Swimming and knowledge of life saving techniques are useful.
Like all water sports life jackets must be worn at all times. Do not put others lives at risk through your negligence.

Dinghy sailing is the activity of sailing small boats by using the sails and underwater foils and rudder. It also involves adjusting the sail trim and balance of the boat by movement of the crew, particularly so in windy weather. The effective choice of route in terms of existing and anticipated wind shifts is vital and knowledge of local currents is important. These shared challenges, and the variability of the weather and sea make dinghy sailing a fascinating and rewarding recreational sport.

When racing, the above skills need to be refined and additional skills and techniques learned, such as boat handling skills when starting and when rounding marks, and a knowledge of tactics and strategy relative to other individual boats in the race, in order to avoid the harmful effects of their sails on your wind, or to influence their movements to your advantage.

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