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Cruising or racing the island has something for every enthusiast.

There is a tremendous variety of sailing from the Isle of Man - suitable for both experienced sailors and the novice, from the comparative calm of Douglas and Ramsey bays, to the rugged coastlines of the north and south of the island.  Whether it's leisurely cruising or exhilarating racing, the Island is an ideal location.  In addition, dinghy racing is extremely popular, with regular races held on Sundays during the winter at Baldwin reservoir.  The Round the Island Yacht Race is a major event in the Island's sailing calendar, but throughout the year there is a wide variety of races and trials to test sailing skills.

Set in the middle of the Irish Sea, the Island is very much a 'staging post' for visiting yachtsman from Ireland, the north-west coast of England, Wales, or south-west Scotland.

There is a keen sailing fraternity in the island with six sailing clubs - Douglas Bay Yacht Club, Isle of Man Yacht Club, Laxey Sailing Club, Manx Sailing and Cruising Club, Peel Sailing Club and Sailing for the Disabled - and a number of picturesque harbours, including Douglas, Ramsey, Peel, Laxey, Port St Mary, Port Erin and Castletown.

In recent years excellent marina facilities have been introduced at Douglas on the east coast and at Peel on the west coast.  Both marinas have cill gates.