Dinghy sailing - best for practical thinkers
What is it?
Simply put, dinghy sailing involves a small open boat with a sail which is used to harness the power of the wind, to move you through the water. Some dinghies are designed for speed and exhilaration, while others are better for learning and more relaxed sailing. You can sail on inland waters such as lakes and reservoirs or take to the open seas at home or abroad on warm blue seas.
What muscles it works
Sailing requires balancing the boat with your weight and it will definitely improve the strength in your leg and core stability muscles, especially as you start hiking out of the boat. With a lot of pulling in ropes for the sails it will also improve your upper body strength.
Calories burned an hour
400 if racing
• Mental workout - Dinghy sailing will help boost your brain power as you get to grips with wind directions, react to changes in conditions and manoeuvre the equipment accordingly.
• Adrenaline thrill - Dinghy sailing can be as fast or leisurely as you like and if you're an adrenaline junkie you can race along at fantastic speed, a real thrill especially when you have to be aware of the elements around you.
Why Gary likes dinghy sailing: “Dinghy sailing is a great sport if you’re looking for something that involves some athletic ability and tactical awareness – and a very strong social element. Racing is a fantastic way to improve your technique and it’s a mental challenge too, a little like chess on water with lots of tactics involved! As such it is really suited to people who want to challenge themselves against the elements in a more stable and dry environment (you can get very wet on windier days though!)”