I'd like to go sailing and was hoping for some tips from people who have done so!I'll have to learn how.Any tips of getting in the bussines?
I'm planning to go for a course in Cape Town but some places seem a little reluctant to let girls do the hard work and would prefer us in stewardess positions. I want to do something more challenging and hands-on.
(I'm taking my travel safety hat off and putting on my wet weather gear to answer this one - not really a safety question), but... Some of the best sailors I know are women. One of the best in the world is an Australian who's been the navigator on several Volvo round-the-world races and dozens of Sydney-to-Hobart races.
At a club level (which I do occasionally on Sydney harbour) there's nothing a woman can't do. Even the heavy lifting is well within the capability of a reasonably fit woman. Being lighter and more agile would make you perfectly suited to being the bowman (or bow woman). It's pretty physical and exhilarating.
Only when you get to serious race standard will you find your strength a limit. They put those big burly rugby types on the grinders for a reason.
Sign up for a fully accredited sailing course. The national yachting federation will be able to put you in touch with a reputable one.
Give a wide berth to those "old school" sailors who want a cabin monkey not a crew member!
Great thing about sailing is that once you're half-good at it, you can get a free ride anywhere in the world. it's also really challenging and great fun. Phil. over 9 years ago
Hi Phil. Thought I'd just thank you for answering my question. Made my mind up after that. After never sailing or even being out on a boat before I took the leap and signed up at the nearest sailing school, (about 600km away) and absolutely loved it! I'm going back now to do a longer course and after that I think its safe to say that I'll be trading my shore shoes for deck shoes. Wish you all the best with your sailing and have a blessed festive season.
Nicole over 9 years ago