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Yacht Racing Experience in Brighton

Learn how to sail in a racing yacht with Brighton Marina sailing activities. Discover the tying techniques and all sailing protocols with expert advice on hand throughout the entire half day course.

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Take to the seas for your chance to experience the thrilling and fast-paced world of yacht racing with this superb yacht racing experience in Brighton! You'll be on board a modern high-performance manoeuvrable racing yacht, and will be given a full safety briefing from your instructor and the crew, before the training begins. The training includes hoisting sails, helming, practising the most efficient methods of manoeuvring the yacht and learning how to keelhaul landlubbers. Your experience will conclude with a high-octane 'Big Race' where you and your crew go against the other yachts and participate in close quarter racing around a floating race track! This is a great half day experience that will show you what the awesome sport of yachting is all about ... you will leave buzzing, and probably with a brand new boating passion!

Your session will start with meeting your skipper and crew mates for the day over a hot drink, before heading to the yacht. The yacht is a modern Sigma 8 metre which is fast, maneuverable and easy to handle - the perfect vessel for your first taste of yacht racing! You will receive a full safety briefing from your skipper who will issue you with a life jacket and, if the weather requires, oil skins. It is then time to take to the seas to commence your training which will include helming the yacht, sail handling, basic tactics and much more.  It's then race time! The fleet of yachts will line up for a twenty minute race around a floating race track where you can prove that your crew has the skills and teamwork necessary to finish first. Your session will finish by heading back to shore where you will no doubt be recounting tales of your epic battles upon the high seas before a debrief and official race results.

Minimum age: 18
Maximum weight: 16 stone

You will require a reasonable level of fitness.
Non swimmers are welcome but please inform the skipper during the safety briefing.
This is a half day experience that will last around 3 hours in total.
There will be a maximum of five crew and a skipper on each yacht.

This experience is not suitable for non-participating spectators.
Available on weekends only, from April - October (subject to availability).

Events can be arranged in the week for groups.
Life jacket and sailing gear is provided by the centre.

If it is cold dress in warm clothing - layers are best. If it is hot don't forget your sun screen!
You should wear soft soled shoes eg: trainers or deck shoes.
Sailing can be affected by weather conditions, please call the centre the day before your experience to check it is going ahead.

If your experience is cancelled due to adverse sailing conditions, you will simply be re-scheduled for an alternative date.
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Yacht Racing Experience in Brighton in Brighton

It was a great introduction to what it takes to race a yatch, which even a novice can enjoy.

- Anthony, 14/06/2010

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At Experience Days we are excited to provide you an exclusive interview about the roots and future of Lagoon Watersports in Brighton with one of the founders- Harvery Dawkins. Lagoon Watersports offers a wide range of exciting Watersports such as: Wakeboarding, Kayaking, Sailing and SUPing which can be found via our webpage here.


battle-of-the-paddle-brighton-6011) Please explain a bit of background on Lagoon Watersports and the different activities you offer.


My initial passion was for windsurfing, in particular wave sailing. This passion led to the development of my love for being on and in the water as much as possible. So with my business partner and friend Seb Rouse we started the business in 1994 with just 6 windsurf boards and it grew from there. The increasing popularity of the business meant we began to expand – introducing sailing and kayaking. Seb is a very keen sailor and so specializes in the sailing side- the yachts and powerboats, opening our big boat-sailing and power boating centre in Brighton Marina whereas I manage the centre in Hove Lagoon.

Lagoon Watersports offers a variety of exhilarating water activities including: Wakeboarding, Windsurfing, Kayaking and Dinghy Sailing which is brilliantly run by our team of up to 40 employees (during peak season). Since the centres' opening in 2001, the thrilling Zap Cat powerboats immediately became a very popular extreme power boating experience, but personally I prefer a more rustic approach and enjoy the sail and human power rather than the engines.

Wakeboarding has been a sport the staff and I have always been keen on; however it tends to be impractical and expensive due to internal and external factors such as an appropriate boat, driver and a calm sea. But as soon as the new generation of straight line wakeboard cable systems arrived we knew that this was the way to go and invested to become the South Coast's first cable Wakeboard Park.

In the last couple of years, the standup paddle boarding scheme has exploded and this is something I love. It is so accessible yet has the diversity to make the sport as challenging and extreme as you like.


2) How did your passion in watersports turn into a career?


I wanted to go windsurfing when it was windy not when my boss said I could, which was often enough. I just wanted to be completely independent in what I loved to do. Obviously the reality is very different and there's a lot of hours involved but throughout the years I've managed to do a lot of windsurfing, SUPing and wake boarding so it has pretty much worked out as planned.


3) Do you have any exclusive information you can share with us?


We are finding more and more people want to get onto the water. When people visit or even residents of Brighton, everyone wants that connection with the water, it makes you feel good. A recent trend that we are delighted to see seems to be that more and more people are looking for health activities that are more interactive to do outside of the gym, and that is what Lagoon Watersports offers. To coincide with this, we have been adding new classes like SUP yoga, SUP race training, coastal sailing cruises and more advanced training courses to help customers stimulate their passion and reach that next level. Also look out for SUPing (Standup paddleboarding) it's the next big thing!


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4) What makes your experiences unique and special for customers?


Our focus is to offer people the chance not just to try a sport but to go on and practice it on a regular basis; whether that experience is sailing a yacht all the way to France, wake boarding every night after work or going to SUP race events. We try to remove as many of the barriers as we can so that the clients interest can be driven e.g. we provide everything including: equipment, storage space and a team of staff to help train and give advice. Our close team of staff is the spirit to the business and this passion easily translates to the customers. Our staff members enjoy meeting customers and are keen to share their knowledge with the customer and as keen to get out on the water with them. The venues also make a difference. We are very lucky to have such great venues and Hove Lagoon is one of the best centres in the UK to learn such a range of watersports. Whilst Brighton Marina gives us the opportunity to sail sight out of sea.


5) What's your most frequently asked question from customers?


It would probably be either 'Do you provide wetsuits?' Which we do! Or 'what happens if it rains?' As we are already getting wet, we do still run the activities. Watersports have that advantage of being great fun despite the weather; because you are active your body is able to stay warm. We also have a great café you can wind down in après Surf!

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Price Price: £125.00


Who Group Size & Spectators:
There will be a maximum of five crew and a skipper on each yacht.


This experience is not suitable for non-participating spectators.


When Availability:
Available on weekends only, from April - October (subject to availability).


Events can be arranged in the week for groups.


duration Duration:
This is a half day experience that will last around 3 hours in total.


Weather Weather:
Sailing can be affected by weather conditions, please call the centre the day before your experience to check it is going ahead.


If your experience is cancelled due to adverse sailing conditions, you will simply be re-scheduled for an alternative date.


What to wear What to wear:
Life jacket and sailing gear is provided by the centre.


If it is cold dress in warm clothing - layers are best. If it is hot don't forget your sun screen!
You should wear soft soled shoes eg: trainers or deck shoes.


Requirements Requirements:
Minimum age: 18
Maximum weight: 16 stone


You will require a reasonable level of fitness.
Non swimmers are welcome but please inform the skipper during the safety briefing.


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