RYA launches dinghy cruising trails – six mile exploration routes

The RYA has launched six dinghy cruising trails as the start of a new initiative to brightening staycations.

The initial six trails are at Ullswater, Largs, Rutland Water, Milford Haven, Brownsea Island and Hickling Broad. They’re all under six miles and each trail has been selected because launching is free or available at nominal charge.

“We know this is the summer of the staycation and this is a fantastic low-cost way of using your dinghy with family and friends and whilst exploring our beautiful coastline and inland waters. Dinghies aren’t just about racing, it’s about discovering the great outdoors,” says RYA programmes manager, Michelle Gent.

Each trail comes with its own map and instructions, including distance, safety, sailing times and launch sites. Plus, the info includes details of navigation or anchorage, facts, wildlife, and best picnic spots.

The RYA is inviting dinghy sailors to submit their own dinghy cruising trail suggestions, with the winning trail designed, framed and available to download on the RYA website.

“With so many miles of easily accessible water we know that people have their favourites spots and we’d love to hear them. We see this as a long-term project with the number and range of trails continuing to expand” says Gent.

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