Ladies Dinghy Sailing is a group for ladies developing confidence on the water, with a strong social element, that meets approximately 12 evenings a year between April and September. We start with our 'Round the Buoys' trip to familiarise ourselves with the harbour and to meet each other.
Ability levels vary from novices with some basic experience (such as the ability to sail a triangle independently), who wish to develop in a safe and fun environment, to competent sailors. Each session will take into account the different abilities, allowing boat handling skills to develop, the chance to practice and ask questions, with the aim to race a basic course. These are not 'coached' sessions but with a high ratio of escort cover and a fun and supported approach from all, it is a great way of boosting confidence for all ladies on the water!
A mixture of dinghies are sailed from Lasers with 4.7 or Radial rigs, Aeros, Scows, Toppers, Splash, Pico's or 2 handers such as a Feva or Quest. Club boats can be booked via the club website if you don't own one.
The sessions are decided by the weather and conditions on the day and include a mix of training drills such as 'how to start', races on a simple course that form a 'series' and often involve a social sail and picnic in the harbour. If unable to launch, we still try to meet and run a land-based session. We generally finish with supper, a drink and chat back at the club. On the water, our race officer and escort and safety lead is Mark van Wingerden, helped by his team of volunteers.
Please contact me if you would like more information or would like to be added to the Club2Class email list so you can be kept up to date. We look forward to any ladies with a wish to dinghy sail, joining us!
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Last updated 12:04 on 13 December 2022