Absolute beginners

There's something out there for everyone. Will Hide tells you where to get started


North Norfolk is an ideal place to learn to sail. Not only is much of the coast east of Hunstanton naturally protected by small islands and sand banks, and therefore calmer for beginners, but the area is supposed to have a micro-climate that makes it one of the driest in the country. Even if the weather is too inclement to hit the high seas, there's plenty to do round about - not least sit in one of the fine pubs nearby, eating locally caught mussels.

Sailcraft, based at Brancaster Staithe, has a two-day introductory course (12 hours in total) for 155pp, where you'll learn basic techniques and then get out on the water and practice, with one instructor for every two people to ensure no unwanted soakings. Good value accommodation is available two miles away at the newly opened Deepdale Stables Backpacker Hostel, from 10.50pp per night.

Where to book: Sailcraft (01485 210236, Deepdale Stables (01485 210256,

The Guardian - Journalist: Will Hide