Dinghy sailing in the UK

Dinghy Sailing in the UK

There are few experiences as exhilarating as feeling the breeze rush past as you sail the waters of the UK.  If you're new to boating, dinghy sailing is the perfect way to test the waters, with opportunities just about anywhere – on inland waters like lakes and reservoirs or on the open sea. If you're an advanced sailor, it's time to take on a dinghy built for speed and adrenaline.

Dinghy insurance is an essential is essential to having a good time out on the water, whether you’re racing or cruising. Whatever you're skill level, we've compiled a range of resources to bring your dinghy knowledge up to that of a pro.

Dinghy sailing is the perfect sport for anyone wanting to get into any type of sailing. If you’re unsure of where to start, follow our top tips...

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Dinghy tips & advice

Sailing Events & Races 2019/2020

From competitive yacht racing to fun and family-friendly sailing regattas, here are some of the key sailing events and races to add to your calendar over the coming months and into next year…

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Beginner Racing

Entering a dinghy race for the first time? Here are five things to consider when taking your dinghy racing, including kit, what to wear, essential skills and general advice and tips…

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Pro Racing Tips

Dinghy racing is a thrilling and challenging way to improve your sailing skills and have fun on the water. For competitive people, sailing is the ultimate sport. Follow our expert tips...

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Which brand is best?

Dinghy comparison cheat sheet

Know the ropes: choosing the right equipment for your dinghy

Making sure you have quality equipment for your dinghy is essential. Find out how to choose the best equipment for your dinghy, including hardware, ropes and rigging and safety equipment…

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5 Dinghy Accessories You Need in Your Life

You may think that all you need is you, your dinghy and the open water. But there are some accessories that you can’t do without and ones that will make your life a whole lot easier.

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Safety equipment and regulations

Accidents and dangerous situations can happen to the most experienced sailors, so it’s vital that you have all the kit you need to hand as well as an awareness of what to do in an emergency.

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Dinghy Insurance

Get a quote for dinghy insurance

As with any boat, dinghies are a big investment, so you want to make sure you’re protecting both yourself and your vessel from damage, theft or accident. If it’s your first time buying dinghy insurance, or you’re looking to change insurance companies, read our Buyers Guide to Dinghy Insurance to find out what a typical policy includes and what specific features to look for.

With 0% interest finance options available, get dinghy boat cover from GJW Direct. Racing or leisure, we have a range of options for full peace of mind.

Some features of our dinghy boat cover include*:

  • New for old on all items
  • Third-party liability of £5,000,000
  • No age limit on user or boat
  • Transit and trailer cover
  • Full racing risk cover

*subject to exclusions and limitations



Sea Safety with your Dinghy

Sea Safety with your Dinghy


What is MyBoat?
MyBoat is a free online portal for the boat owner community. It’s the only free boating service in the UK! MyBoat keeps all of your important boat information in one place and sends you
alerts using its easy-to-use digital organiser. It also keeps you updated with the latest news, views and weather, tailored to your travels as well as offering you some amazing discounts.

How can I receive discounts with MyBoat?
To gain these discounts you have to have insurance from GJW Direct and have an account on MyBoat. Once on MyBoat, navigate to the My Discounts tab, where you’ll be able to see all of your own discounts. We’ve partnered up with some amazing companies to ensure you receive great discounts off boat essentials, including:

● Safety products
● Boat fittings
● Cleaning products
● Dinghy accessories
● Travel insurance
● Holidays
● Boat trailers


Dinghy Resources

Top Tips for Small Sea Fishing in Your Dinghy

Whether you’re catching your supper or simply find it a relaxing pastime, there are plenty of ways you can hone your sea fishing skills. We’ve pulled together a few expert tips for you to keep in mind before your next trip out...

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Top 5 dinghy maintenance tips

Whether you’re competing in a race or just taking your dinghy out to explore the water, you’ll want to make sure it’s in tip-top shape.

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5 best dinghy sailing holiday locations

The UK is host to a wealth of beautiful landscapes just waiting to be explored, and what better way to do it than on a dinghy?

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5 signs you need a new dinghy

Questioning whether your sailing dinghy is still up to scratch? It can be tricky to tell whether your dinghy is just in need of a little TLC or if you need to replace it entirely. Here are five signs it might be time for a new sailing dinghy…

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How to be a responsible dinghy owner

Owning a boat is great fun, but isn’t without its responsibilities. Follow our advice on the ins and outs of owning a dinghy, including towing and trailering and storing your boat.

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Which RYA dinghy course should you take?

Experienced or not, RYA courses help keen sailors advance their skills and become more confident on the water. Be sure to check with your insurer, as many offer discounts for RYA-qualified sailors.

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