Sometimes the quickest way to learn how to make a boat sail is to follow an experienced sailor around a racecourse.
Sailing in and amongst a fleet of boats who are looking out for your safety is also going to add a whole lot more fun to your day.
You will find local yacht clubs are very inclusive of all types of boats joining their weekend racing. The club volunteers and the club organisers make the whole experience amazing - there are so many passionate people around you. You are entering a whole new community of people who have one thing in common - they love being in, on and around the water. There are always stories to share at the end of the day whether it is battling the elements, navigating your way around a course or weaving in and out of other boats.
This is what sailing is about. It is about feeling alive and being involved in a huge community of people who want to share the feeling with you.
Go to www.tiwal.nz to get started on your sailing journey.
I am a New Zealand sailor who learned to sail in the beautiful Malborough Sounds and then went onto represent NZ at the 2000 Olympics.