Sailing provides all degrees of excitement – from the adrenalin, high performance of sporting boats to the comfort and convenience of the cruising yacht. All have a place and can be fairly raced by a handicapping system that takes account of each boat’s known performance.
As with most recreational sports, sailing is an acquired skill, best learnt in a club environment where experienced people can help; and safety issues (rescue boats etc) are addressed.
In the beginning, most sailors just want to get on the water and indulge in that greatest pleasure of all, just “messing” about in a boat. However, as has always been the case, if two sailing boats are heading in roughly the same direction, there is a “race” on.