‘The trick is to make yourself useful’: a beginner’s guide to sailing

Usually thought of as a rich man’s sport, you do not need to afford a yacht to sail one – the main cost is in becoming a competent crew member

Sailing has always been something best appreciated from land, I thought. Crisp, white sails dotting Sydney harbour more of a beautiful sight than an activity to get involved in.

I am also not fantastically wealthy having opted for a career in journalism rather than, say, owning a casino, so have long assumed this rules me out.

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