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Last Updated: Friday June 06 2008 05:23 GMT

Why I love sailing

Press Packer Louise

The open sea with the wind in your hair... no this isn't the opening to Pirates of the Caribbean.

It's what Press Packer Louise likes to do just for fun.

"I'd like to tell you about my favourite sport, which is sailing.

Sailing is a rather complicated sport, and you start with a small, simple boat.

When your skills have improved then you can venture on to much bigger and sometimes more dangerous boats.

Press Packer Louise
Baby steps

I was first in a boat when I was two weeks old. My mum and dad were sailing, and I was in my little cot.

I live very near the sea, so I had plenty of time to get used to boats. Surprisingly, I only started sailing solo when I was about six or seven years old.

Training

I did a well-known training course and it helped me to have more confidence and learn to have fun with my sailing.

On my first lesson we learnt all the different parts of the boat, like the jib which is what we call the front sail.

First of all you can sail with an adult, and then when you are good enough you can sail on your own.

I can sail by myself and I am very proud of that.

Lots of money

If anyone who is reading this report wants to start sailing, there are lots of things you can do to prepare, but they could cost lots of money.

First of all, you need to find a yacht club, or marina. Next you need to see if they teach sailing lessons, and then what type of boat they teach in.

Then you need to buy a boat - or have a boat you can use!

Pleasure

It's very exciting especially when you just start sailing and if someone said that we were moving inland I would be pretty sad.

I don't want to do it as a job but I will always sail for pleasure. "

Louise, 9, Dorset


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