Sailing


Racing

Most of our sailing is racing, in various forms, with class-racing, pursuit racing and handicaps on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoons and Bank Holiday Mondays. You can read about our racing programme for 2017 here.

Social sailing

We also enjoy social sails to a riverside pub on occasional Fridays during the summer, weather permitting.

Training

Sail training for beginners is free for new members. The Club is not a Registered Training Centre and is not accredited to award RYA certificates.  Nevertheless, we follow the RYA  Level 1 Start Sailing syllabus and assess the competence of our trainees against this standard, before we allow them to take out Club boats without an instructor or an experienced club member with them.

 The sailing area is the non-tidal Thames from Hampton Court to Kingston Bridge. Most sailing takes place between Kingston Bridge and the Queen’s Promenade. The Club organises long distance races and social cruises which go beyond Raven’s Ait, past the Waterworks and Dittons Reaches, and as far as Hampton Court Bridge. In these cases a club launch will accompany the boats.

 The Club’s experience, gathered over 125 years of sailing on the Reach, shows no unusual hazards, outside the normal mishaps of sailing dinghies, including occasional capsizes.

The Club owns the following dinghies which are used for training can be borrowed free of charge during your first year’s membership:

  • 2 x Topaz Argo 3-crew training boat
  • 2 x Laser Pico single/double-hander
  • 2 x Topper single-hander
  • 1 x Enterprise 2-crew

 Members are only allowed to take club boats out when organised sailing activity is taking place (racing, training or a social cruse) and safety cover is available on the water.

Sailing Duties

Upcoming duties


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