Whitefriars Sailing Club - The Friendly Sailing Club

 Friendly.  Accessible.  Fun.

Whatever your age or sailing ability, diehard racer, newcomer to sailing or you simply love mucking about on the water, here at The Whitefriars Sailing Club our focus is on making sailing fun and accessible for all.

Situated on the stunning Cotswold Water Park, Whitefriars is run by the members for the members.  We believe that by striking a healthy balance between competition and fun we can give everyone access to the same opportunities to learn, improve and participate as much or as little as they want.

That’s why we offer a diverse range of on and off the water activities, including racing, cruising, an extensive RYA training programme and a whole host of social activities for all the family.  Proud to be one of the top clubs in the UK for our Sailability capabilities, our friendly team of enthusiastic volunteers support this varied programme throughout the year.

Members' Activity Updates

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June and July 2022 sailing events

We have busy months ahead at the club for training, sailing, racing and socialising!

All our courses, Junior group days and Saturday sessions are available to members of Whitefriars Sailing Club and are bookable through your membership account on LoveAdmin.

For non-members, there are a limited number of adult places available on RYA recognised training courses. We also welcome non-members to our Open racing events.

Or non-members are welcome to join the club and become part of WSC!

Racing every Wednesday evening with catered dinner (book food on Loveadmin)

19.00 Evening Series

April Working Party

A huge thank you to all the members who turned up for our first working party of the year.

If you didn't make this one, please put the 5th of November (Autumn Work Party) in your diary now and we’ll see you then.  

June

Saturday 18th June

Women on Water (WoW) instructor-led session.

For more information click here or contact Marcia and Toni at: [email protected]g

Dinghy Instruction: 'Improve your sailing' and 'Introduction to sailing' sessions

10.00 - 12.30 and 13.00 – 15.30
£10 per person per session
Available to book on LoveAdmin.

A six person Instructor led session designed to cater for all abilities from complete beginner to people looking to practice Level 2 skills. Includes use of club boats.

Race Coaching 

4.30 - 5.30 - if you can sail a triangle, come and use a club boat and get some coaching from a senior instructor - for free!

Sunday 19th June

Club Day - all welcome to cruise or socialise

11.00 Racing - see race calendar

Regatta Weekend at Whitefriars Sailing Club:

Saturday 25th June

10.00 - 12.30 / 2.00 - 5.00: Fun short course races for all ages and abilities.

Dinghy classes put together - novices welcome - club boats available to sail. 

Maybe try your hand at sailing a brightly coloured Hansa? Hone your skills in the morning for some Hansa races in the afternoon.

They're very forgiving, so whatever your level of sailing, give it a go. Hansas aren’t just for people with a disability, they’re there for anyone and everyone. Maybe you aren't quite as agile as you once were, or you just need a different challenge?  Or maybe you would just like to know a bit more about these colourful boats that you see on our lake? They are essential for some; people who can’t leap around a boat, or those who need supportive seating. 

They’re also fantastic for inclusivity, grandparents can sail with grandchildren; the opportunities are endless! The Hansa dinghies offer side by side seating and are extremely safe for all ages and abilities. Come and have a go!

5.30 - 6.30pm: Pimms on the patio

WoW (Women on the Water) group are putting on a Pimms Bar on Saturday night, raising funds for Sailability. Come and chat with friends - old and new - and enjoy a drink raising money for a great cause!

6.30pm: Trophy presentation part 1 for Club racing (part 2 on Sunday lunchtime)

7.00 - 9.00pm: Fully catered BBQ

Everyone welcome!

£10 for adults and £5 for children (book and pay please on Loveadmin)

Sunday 26th June

Founders' Cup Trophy Day

Novices welcome and delayed starts if requested. All Juniors welcome.

Four races - three to count.

From 11.00am two races back-to-back

Lunch from 1-2pm (Trophy presentation part 2)

From 2.00pm two races back-to-back

Final trophy presentation of the weekend for the Founder's Trophy Cup Winner.

 

July

 

Saturday 2nd July

Dinghy Instruction: 'Improve your sailing' and 'Introduction to sailing' sessions

10.00 - 12.30 and 13.00 – 15.30
£10 per person per session
Available to book on LoveAdmin.

A six person Instructor led session designed to cater for all abilities from complete beginner to people looking to practice Level 2 skills. Includes use of club boats.

Race Coaching 

4.30 - 5.30 - if you can sail a triangle, come and use a club boat and get some coaching from a senior instructor - for free!

 

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July

Comet Trio Open

Miracle Open

More details here

 

Saturday 9th July

Juniors' session 

Juniors members only: £15.00 per person - sign up on Loveadmin. 9.30am - 4.00pm

The session will be organised into the RYA Youth Scheme stages 1-4 and YDS to provide opportunities to practise, complete any parts of a stage not completed and start to work on the next stage, all under the excellent guidance of our parent and young volunteer instructors.  

Please note: Junior group sessions are only open to members of the Juniors Group and cost £15.00 per person. They must be pre-booked and paid for via LoveAdmin.

New Juniors members welcome and can be signed up via LoveAdmin.
 

Parental help is vital to the successful running of the Juniors group - Whilst we expect young sailors to learn how to rig boats themselves, help is always required with rigging/de-rigging, moving boats on and off the water, packing everything away and ensuring the children are happy and safe. We also really appreciate help on the water, instructing and driving the coaching boats.

If you are an experienced sailor and wish to help instruct, or you’re a qualified safety boat driver, please get in touch or email [email protected]

 

Sunday 10th July

Club Day - all welcome to cruise or socialise!

Women on the Water session 
For more information click here or contact Marcia and Toni at: [email protected]g

RNLI Trophy Day from 11.00am - four races, four to count (see Club calendar for more details).

 

Saturday 16th July

Women on Water (WoW) instructor-led session.

For more information click here or contact Marcia and Toni at: [email protected]g

Dinghy Instruction: 'Improve your sailing' and 'Introduction to sailing' sessions

10.00 - 12.30 and 13.00 – 15.30
£10 per person per session
Available to book on LoveAdmin.

Dinghy instructor led sessions designed to cater for all abilities from complete beginner to people looking to practice Level 2 skills. Includes use of club boats.

Race Coaching 

4.30 - 5.30 - if you can sail a triangle, come and use a club boat and get some coaching from a senior instructor - for free!

 

Sunday 17th July

Club Day - all welcome to cruise or socialise

11.00 Racing - see race calendar

 

Saturday 23rd July - Friday 29th July Sail Training Week.

Monday 25th July - Friday 29th July Adventure Week.

Fancy a week of camping, sailing and instruction at our beautiful lake this summer?

Maybe spend the day learning new skills, the evening chatting with friends by the barbecue with a glass of wine? Or sign the kids up to Adventure Week, where they will have a fantastic time with their friends?

If you'd like to join us in the camping field, you can pay on Loveadmin. If you'd rather head home to your beds, you're still very welcome to take part in our daytime activities!

 

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 

RYA Levels 1 and 2 training courses 09:00 - 17:00

For more information, click here.

RYA Level 1 Start Sailing - An introduction to sailing dinghies for complete beginners, covering everything you need to know to get afloat under supervision

RYA Dinghy Level 2 - Basic Skills Build your confidence and develop your skills. By the end of this course you'll be a competent sailor in light winds.

 

Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th July 

RYA Levels 1 and 2 training courses 09:00 - 17:00

For more information, click here.

RYA Level 1 Start Sailing - An introduction to sailing dinghies for complete beginners, covering everything you need to know to get afloat under supervision

RYA Dinghy Level 2 - Basic Skills Build your confidence and develop your skills. By the end of this course you'll be a competent sailor in light winds.

 

Wednesday 27th July 

Sailing Skills Improver Day.
Supervised skills improver /practice day - for those taking sailing courses

 

Thursday 28th and Friday 29th July 

RYA Dinghy Level 2 - Basic Skills Build your confidence and develop your skills. By the end of this course you'll be a competent sailor in light winds.

Advanced Sailing course - more information to follow.

 

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