Have you ever glimpsed a cluster of billowing, white sails skipping across the water on a beautiful summer afternoon? Maybe you've wondered where all these boats come from, or even how you can join in on the fun.
A group of sailboats is usually a pretty good indication that there's a sailing club nearby. Sailing clubs are organizations where people interested in sailing can come together and indulge in the popular pastime. You don't need to own your own boat or even know how to sail to join a club. In fact, that's the whole point -- the clubs provide the boats and the training you'll need, so the only things required of you are a desire and willingness to learn. And if you're already an experienced skipper, sailing clubs still have much to offer, including a variety of boats, racing events, social gatherings and the camaraderie of other enthusiasts.
If you're looking for a fun, challenging activity, sailing is a great option for people of all ages and skill levels. It's also a great family activity because it takes an entire crew to man a boat -- and what better crew than your friends and family?
Can you already feel the warm breeze on your face and hear the wind whipping in the sails? If so, keep reading to find out what's so great about sailing clubs and what it takes to become a member at one. In the next sections, we'll take a look at why sailing clubs are such popular organizations and explain some of the considerations involved in choosing the right club.