So I’ve got your attention. You want to try sailing. How do you get started? There are many opportunities, some better than others.
Crew for someone else
First things first. Sailing is not for everyone. Either you love it or you don’t and you need to find out if this is what you really want to do. So, take a trip down to the closest yacht club, beg a ride and see for yourself. How do you feel about the boat heeling over or drifting aimlessly? Is this for you? Having decided you like it, you will want to learn how to sail. The least expensive and often the best way to learn is crewing on someone else’s boat. You will have the opportunity to learn each position without worrying about what is happening in the rest of the boat. Just about everyone in this sport is shorthanded so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a boat to sail on. The slower boats tend to be better for novices. There’s less shouting and more patience. Check out your local non-spinnaker club. Find a ride and go sailing. The best way to learn is to roll up your sleeves and dive into it.