Sailing, Yachting

Sailing, Yachting Fitness Training

Sailing, Yachting Description

Sailing/yachting is a challenging outdoor activity that can be performed alone or with others, either competitively or recreationally. Skill and knowledge of sailing tactics and methods are of primary importance in this activity. Beginning sailors should seek qualified instruction to learn how to sail properly and safely.

Sailing, Yachting Risks

  • Water-related accidents such as hypothermia, drowning
  • Problems from overexposure to sun such as heat stroke, dehydration, sunburn and eye damage from glare off the water

Sailing, Yachting Sport-specific applications

  • Sailing and yachting competitions are held on local, national and international (Olympic) levels

Sailing, Yachting Equipment required

  • Sailboat/yacht and related equipment
  • Lifejacket and other safety equipment

Sailing, Yachting Applicable substitutions

  • Windsurfing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Surfing

Sailing, Yachting Reference sources, organizations and publications

  • The United States Sailing Association (U.S. Sailing): PO Box 209, Newport, RI 02840, (401) 8495200
  • United States Olympic Committee: 1750 East Boulder St., Colorado Springs, CO 809095760, (719) 6325551
  • American Sailing Association: 13922 Marquesas Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, (213) 8227171



Fitness Benefits

  • Cardiorespiratory 1
  • Flexibility 1
  • Muscular Strength 1
  • Muscular Endurance 1
  • Body Fat Recution 0

Fitness Requirements

  • Cardiorespiratory 1
  • Flexibility 1
  • Muscular Strength 1
  • Muscular Endurance 1
  • Coordination/Skill 3

Muscle groups used

Primary muscles: shoulders, upper back, triceps, biceps, forearms and quadricepsAssistance muscles: abdominals, calves, hamstrings, lower back and obliques

Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.026 Calories per minute per pound of body weight

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