Our recreational sailing sessions on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings run from just after the Easter holidays through to the start of the October half term as long as the weather allows.

If you would like to join the sailing club:

  • You need to be aged 8-19
  • Get in touch to discuss the best way to get you on the water
  • Complete a Sailing Club Membership Form
  • Have a look at our New Member Info
  • Sailing Club membership is now full for 2023 and we are not currently accepting any more new members.

About the sessions:

  • Meet at our blue “Hut” in Mayflower Marina
  • Thursdays run 4.30 pm – 7.00 pm After Easter until October half term

  • Saturdays run 9.00 am – 12.00 pm (excluding school summer holidays)

  • We ask for a voluntary donation of £2 per session – but we’re happy for you to pay what you can afford
  • Newcomers often start off in a Hawk 20 with a qualified Skipper and Crew with up to 3 other young people like in the picture above
  • You can learn the basics on the Hawk 20 and then when we agree you’re ready, you could sail with a more experienced sailor on a one of our smaller dinghies
  • Sailing is always subject to suitable conditions (wind, tide and temperature) and we carefully monitor people’s skill level so that they are always sailing within their capability
  • Our Safety Boats are there to keep a close watch on the session, and assist where needed
  • Once people have completed the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 1 and 2 courses there could be the option to sail on their own
  • There are plenty of opportunities for progression with our diverse fleet of dinghies, and the most experienced young people have the chance to sail our larger dinghies, the Bahia, Vago or Cat. 
  • You can see our boats here

RYA Sailing Courses

During the school summer holidays we run weekly RYA Sailing courses, using our fleet of dinghies and keelboats. The courses cover the RYA dinghy sailing scheme, from absolute beginners all the way up to the more advanced techniques and Assistant Instructor awards.

These courses can extend the experience earned on the Thursday and Saturday sessions.