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By Josephine Tucci

What do most sailors do on their vacations? Sail, of course! But what if your holiday companion can't or won't sail? Or you want to take small children? Or you simply fancy a change from your usual sailing vacation?

A Sunsail beach resort could be the answer. This year, four of us decided to go on holiday together, but had a typical sailors' dilemma. Three of us wanted to do nothing but race dinghies for the whole two weeks, but the fourth wanted to do anything but. We convinced our friends that Sunsail Club Colonna in Antigua was the ideal place for a winter holiday. It's a dinghy sailor's paradise as the island lies in the tradewind belt, guaranteeing decent winds from dawn till sundown. For beginners and improvers there are free group lessons and paid-for individual tuition. For non - sailors there's mountain biking, tennis, swimming pool, a gym and spa, and two sandy beaches, and if you have children they ll be well looked after in the popular kids clubs.

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The beach club concept goes like this: you stroll to the beach, ask an instructor for the boat of your choice, take this one he or she says, and pushes it into the water for you. He holds the boat as you get in then pushes you off. You sail along, basking in the sun, then you might capsize. A RIB arrives in seconds, and stands by while you right the boat, and if you can t the crew jumps in and does it for you. It's all part of the service.

There's a good choice of windsurfers and dinghies, from the tiny Taz for children, through Laser single - handers with three sizes of sail, to two - man boats for all levels of experience, including the exciting RS500 and Hobie Pacific.

Your first sight of the club's turquoise waters and lush tropical gardens is a tonic if you've left home on a grey winter day. By cocktail hour you've unpacked in your room, apartment or chalet, changed into something cool, and are in the bar for your first rum punch.

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