Myths about Sailing
Myth: Sailing is expensive
- Most sailboats at the Glenmore Sailing Club cost less than $5,000. When you consider many people own their sailboat for years or decades, the annual cost of a sailboat is very small.
- Membership at the sailing club is inexpensive and we're a great social club.
Myth: Bigger boats are more expensive than small boats
- People choose to sail dinghies (small boats) or keelboats (bigger boats) for a variety of reasons.
Myth: You have to own a boat to sail
Myth: I need a bunch of "sailing gear" before I go sailing
- Non-marking shoes, gloves, sunglasses and a hat are typically all you need
- The Club's co-op boats have lifejackets and if you are crewing on a member's boat, they likely have a lifejacket you can borrow.
Myth: Learning to sail as an adult is hard
- It might even be easier to learn as an adult because you bring a lifetime of experiences to the learning process. Basic sailing is easy to understand and is immediately enjoyable. Learning anything new will have its challenges, but you can learn how to sail.
Myth: I need to know how to sail and have lots of experience before racing sailboats
- Racing is sailing with a purpose.
- Club-level racing is way more social than intense.
Myth: Sailing is gender specific
- Sailing skills are not gender specific.
- Sailboats level the playing field among all sailors.
- The Club's #GirlsDoSail plans help raise awareness among women and girls that sailing is accessible through Women, Wind and WIne; Women's Keelboat Racing Teams; Girls Summer Camps.
Myth: Sailing is boring
- Being on a sailboat is a thrilling experience.
Myth: Watching sailing is boring
- Sailboats tend to sail away from shore and easy viewing. Like a plane flying overhead, the distance away from the moving object makes things look like they are moving slowly.
Myth: You have to be physically fit to sail
- Look at your friends or the people in your office... this is what sailors look like. We are all sizes and shapes. Some are in wheelchairs.