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    Posted: 17 Apr 15 at 11:27pm
Hi - I wonder if anyone has suggestions as I'm not sure where to start....
My 17 year old son is a keen dinghy sailor.  He's actually just qualified as an RYA dinghy instructor.  But all his sailing has been inland and he has hardly done any at sea.  I want to send him to the seaside for a week or weekend at least to get some dinghy sailing in, this summer, just for fun so he can enjoy it instead of instructing, but I don't know where to begin.  I see there are advanced RYA courses in seamanship or racing.  Is that a good idea?  Or better to just let him hire a dinghy?   Are There residential centres he could go to on his own or should we take the family camping by the coast somewhere?  Is one bit of sea the same as another or are there better and worse places  within a few hours of London?  Are there any locations or sailing schools to recommend?  Sorry for so many questions, I'd just appreciate some ideas to start....
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Hi Nonsailor 
Hayling Island Sailing Club might be worth considering for a family weekend they have some very good family accommodation with excellent facilities restaurant and bar.
Lots going on with sailing courses etc although I am sure your son will be able to hire / borrow a boat or get a crewing job.
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Lots of opportunities in Falmouth, four sailing schools and the third largest natural harbour in the world.
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+1 for Falmouth. Stunning sailing. My first experience on the sea was Falmouth. Long way to travel for most though
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I like Chichester Harbour. Plenty to learn about tides there, sailing up an estuary, as opposed to purely on the open sea. But you'd need to do both to learn about waves, as well as how to avoid grounding on the mud.
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Originally posted by MerlinMags

I like Chichester Harbour. Plenty to learn about tides there, sailing up an estuary, as opposed to purely on the open sea. But you'd need to do both to learn about waves, as well as how to avoid grounding on the mud.


Ah yes, the Chichester Harbour mud....I'm an expert, ask me any question you like on that stuff.
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Transient, how do you wash it off the top of a nice white main?
 
Nonsailor, you didn't say where you live, BUT at 17 your son would be welcome at any Kent schools event, don't be fooled by the Kent bit or the schools bit that's just historical. KSSA provide training & racing days/weekends around Kent for any U19 that can sail and has a boat, many are coastal and there is a great weekend camp at Sandwich bay on 11th & 12th July. You would however need to find/borrow him a boat.


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Bung it in the washing machine on a 60 wash...
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The mud comes off the dacron reasonably well with a scrub but it stains the stitching. It's sticky as hell and after righting the boat great gobs of black stuff fall off the top of the sail and land on your head......not a good look (or smell).
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Did someone mention Kent? Best stick to the North coast, Whitstable, Margate, you wouldn't want to end up like this unfortunate fellow last Thursday night..






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