US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport, has joined forces with the pinnacle event in sailing - the iconic America’s Cup - to introduce, inform and educate a new generation of sailors.
The new website at www.startsailing.org offers visitors an exciting and easy-to-follow introductory view of sailing, including information on the various types of sailboats, the basics of sailing, tips on how to get started and find access to boats and lessons, as well as other ways to get involved.
“There are many people interested in learning how to sail who have yet to take the first step,” said Jack Gierhart, Executive Director of US Sailing. “Perhaps they don’t know where to begin or believe it is too difficult or expensive – all not true. This new website is the perfect place to welcome newcomers, while serving as a useful resource as they get started. We hope sailors will visit the website and share it with their family members and friends who want to learn.”
The current America’s Cup has shifted perceptions about the excitement and athleticism of the sport at its highest level. The ‘Start Sailing’ initiative shows that the sport is more accessible than ever before and that sailing is a ‘sport for life’.
“The America’s Cup Summer of Racing will put the sport in the spotlight and will inspire new fans to try out sailing for themselves. Start Sailing tells them how to do it,” said Stephen Barclay, CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority.
Not sure what type of sailboat is right for you? Start Sailing features special descriptions of big boats, small boats, multihulls, windsurfing and kiteboarding, and the benefits of sailing boats in these categories.
Looking for a place to learn? The website provides direction on who offers sailing programs and courses for beginners, and ideas on how to get involved in the sport by being a volunteer. US Sailing’s revised and improved “Where to Sail” database will give visitors the opportunity to research local community sailing centers, sailing schools, yacht clubs and other marine and water sport organizations in their area.
Ever wonder how a sail works? Start Sailing diagrams parts of the boat and rig, as well as points of sail, to give visitors an idea on how sailing works.
Know how to sail and want to teach others? Visitors will learn more about US Sailing Instructor Certification programs.