05 October 2022.

Aviemore, Sailing

If I said to you “windsurfing” you’d probably think of Vassiliki, Kos, Tarifa or Fuerteventura and if I’d said “sailing” Mallorca, Dalmatian Coast and Hebrides would probably have been the names springing to the fore. But if I said “windsurfing and sailing in Aviemore” you no doubt would have regarded me with a look of bewilderment. And that would be a fair response because Aviemore certainly isn’t likely to be hosting the next America’s Cup or anything like it, although you would find that Loch Insh through which the famous River Spey flows is a regular venue for junior windsurfing T15 events.

Aviemore in fact has two substantial bodies of water where sailing and windsurfing are practised on a regular basis. Loch Insh as mentioned above is located south of town and experiences its’ best sailing conditions when the wind blows in from the southwest. Loch Morlich to the southeast of Aviemore on the road to Cairngorm Mountain is better served by wind more westerly in direction.

Both lochs boast RYA accredited sailing and windsurfing schools and are ideal places to learn either sport in relative safety. As far as windsurfing is concerned it’s possible to advance to become an adequate intermediate at either location. The same is true for aspiring dinghy sailors who should be able to master many of the skills needed to tackle various wind conditions. It should be noted that being inland the wind can at times be pretty flukey – which can be especially tricky for windsurfers who tend to develop into stronger swimmers than windsurfers in such conditions.

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