Well it’s never too late to get inspired to start something new, and here at Topsail Insurance, we're going to tell you why you should consider sailing.
Sailing is enjoyed worldwide both recreationally and as a sport, so there's plenty of offer from racing to cruising at leisure. Cruising can range from coastal day sails in local waters to expanding your horizon and taking an extended ocean-crossing trip. As a sport, Sailing became popular in Holland around 400 years ago and was introduced in the UK in around 1660 by King Charles II, shortly after the restoration of the monarchy. Now-a-days Sailing has a huge following and has gradually become more televised and popular with famous British Sailors and yachtsman such as Sir Ben Ainslie and Dame Ellen McArthur being commonly known for their triumphant successes in the sport of Sailing.
So what makes sailing so good for you? Well, physically it helps to build strength and endurance across various muscle groups, including the arms, shoulders and chest due to the power needed to manoeuvre the boat. In addition to this, it helps develop cognitive strength due to the need to think strategically and tactically to combat the constantly changing conditions that can occur at sea. These are important areas to focus on, especially in later years to ensure you remain physically strong and mentally sharp.
Sailing is also one of the best forms of escapism, allowing you to leave the potential monotony of work life and household chores and getting away from it all - with the rolling sway of the ocean beneath your feet and the tantalising smell and taste of the air filling your nose and mouth you’ll soon leave all your troubles ashore.
Completing the trifecta of physical, mental and emotional benefits, it has been proven that spending time on the sea aids relaxation as the sea air contributes to balancing Serotonin levels which are associated with happiness and stress – what more would you want!
Approximately 2.9 million adults in the UK participate in some form of sailing activity and there are more than 1500 sailing clubs in the UK alone*; all of these run Royal Yachting Association (RYA) courses designed for people of any age and ability, offering both theoretical and practical knowledge. However, Ed Psaltis, multiple entrant in the esteemed Rolex Sydney Hobart race says that the true nature of sailing can’t be taught in a classroom, “You just have to get out there and do it. Safety isn't all certificates and qualifications, it's seamanship. And the only way to learn seamanship is time at sea in bad weather.”
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When you've decided that Sailing is that way for you, make sure you've covered all bases and keep safe. Invest in all the necessary safety equipment and precautions – from life savers and torches to the all important insurance you'll need to rest assured that you're covered. We here at Topsail Insurance offer a wide variety of policy options from Boat insurance to cover your Yacht or Motorboat to Travel insurance that covers all, whether you're a Yachtsman or Crewesman, you can trust in Topsail Insurance to look after you.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there, get sailing, and get insured with Topsail Insurance.