Myths About Sailing
Myth: Sailing is expensive
- But... the wind is free.
- The most economical way to sail with us is in our Co-op Boat Program.
- Most sailboats at the Glenmore Sailing Club cost less than $5,000.
- Sailboats have a multi-decade lifespan... so the annual cost 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
- Some of the small boats are more technical and cost more money to purchase.
- 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: You need a lot of "sailing gear" before going sailing
- Sunglasses, a hat, gloves and non-marking shoes are a good starting point.
- The Club's Co-op Keelboats have lifejackets for sailors and when people crew on a member's boat, the member likely has a lifejacket to loan their crew. If you have your own lifejacket... bring it.
Myth: Learning to sail as an adult is hard
- Talent is overrated. You do not need to have started sailing as a young child.
- It might even be easier to learn as an adult because you bring a lifetime of experiences to the learning process. Learning anything has its challenges, but you can learn how to sail.
Myth: I need lots of experience before racing sailboats
- Racing is simply sailing with a purpose.
- Club-level racing is a social activity.
Myth: Sailing is gender specific
- Sailing skills are not gender specific.
- Sailing levels the playing field among all participants.
- Our #GirlsDoSail strategy is in place to get girls and women engaged in sailing through Women, Wind and WIne; Women's Keelboat Racing Teams; Girls Summer Camps, Girl Guides sailing.
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.
Myth: Watching sailing is boring
To be honest... it is a little boring to watch boats sailing.
- Sailboats sail away from the shore
- This makes it difficult to see all the activity on the boat and they look like they are moving slow even when they are really moving.