We want to give members, their families and non-members of all ages and abilities the experience of sailing and optionally racing modern sailing dinghies.
The day will including dinghy sailing, some racing and a BBQ dinner and will be held at Papercourt Sailing Club in Surrey.
Papercourt Sailing Club is an RYA Champion Club, a recognised RYA Training Centre and has been awarded the RYA Sailing Club of the Year. It has a 45 acre lake, set in a nature reserve and SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). The lake can be walked around in 30-40 minutes along a nature trail. The club boasts a very active and competitive racing fleet, and a large clubhouse with galley and bar and lawns leading down the the lake. There are changing rooms, lockers for valuables and plenty of onsite parking. It is also the sailing home of your event organiser, who sails his Solo dinghy there.
We will be guests of Commodore Frank Brown and Sailing Secretary Justin Meredith.
We will sailing in a variety of dinghies hired from Papercourt's training fleet. These will all be boats with a crew of 2-3 people and include Feva's, Wanderers and Graduates.
After a welcome lunch of hot drinks and sandwiches (included in the price) served from the galley, we start with a briefing on the format for the day, on the sailing area and a refresher on dinghy sailing and how it differs from yachting, especially useful for those who are a bit rusty (!)
Full information on clothing and what to bring will be provided in the weeks before the event.
You will be issued with a buoyancy aid (mandatory) and we will collect our boats from the dinghy park, where we will be assisted in rigging by Papercourt bosuns.
Initially a roster will be organised to ensure everyone is sailing and to ensure compatibility of skills in the boat.
The plan is we will be sailing 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off, throughout the afternoon to give everyone a chance to sail and to afford some rest time.
David Monks will be in a powerboat, and will be able to answer any questions and will be able to radio ashore with any queries.
Towards the end of the afternoon, we will hold a mini-regatta so that everyone has a chance to experience dinghy racing, regardless of age or ability. Points will be awarded (and we all know what points mean) for the fastest boat and for whatever categories are decided on the day, so this is definitely going to be a fun and inclusive event.
Who can take part?
This is an open event and we welcome:
- Members and their families, including children. Minimum age for sailing is 12 years on the day of the event.
- Serving or former Royal Naval, Royal Marine or Maritime Reserves, who may book directly (or as guests of members).
- Shore parties.
A very modest cost of £20 for sailing. This includes BBQ. And for BBQ only, it is £13.
Safety is top priority and this will manifest itself in several ways:
- There will be a safety briefing before the event.
- Advice on clothing and footwear to be provided several weeks prior to the event.
- Two safety boats, manned by experienced and qualified Papercourt sailors.
- A monitoring of sailing standards to ensure it is being done safely.
- We will not sail if the wind is excessive.
- We will become temporary members of Papercourt SC for the day and will benefit from the insurance cover of their hire boats.
Refreshments and BBQ
After the lunch, you will be able to buy hot and cold drinks and snacks from the Papercourt teabar.
After sailing, Papercourt will open its licensed bar, where a range of real ales, lagers, wines and other drinks is available.
In the evening, RNVR Yacht Club will be laying on a BBQ dinner, served outside on the lawn and/or in the large clubhouse area, depending on weather.
This will include prize giving for the mini-regatta.
We aim to finish and disperse by 9-10pm.
Cars may be left onsite overnight in the locked carpark (at your own risk, of course), opening at 0930 on Sunday.
Date and Time
The Dinghy Sailing and Training Day will be held on Saturday 17th June 2017.
1230-1300 Light lunch
1330-1700 Sailing (including mini-regatta at 1600)
Location and Directions
Papercourt Sailing Club
Polesden Lane Ripley
Driving: 10 minutes from M25 / A3 junction. Ample parking onsite.
Train: 10 minute taxi from Woking mainline rail station. There are excellent rail connections to London, the Solent, and the South West. From the North West via Reading, and change at Guildford for Woking.
If you need accommodation locally, there are hotels in Woking and Guildford including Premier Inns and Travelodges, plus a multitude of B&Bs. If you live locally to Papercourt SC and can offer overnight accommodation to members who have travelled from afar, please tick this option on the registration form.
Making a weekend of it?
Why not make a weekend of it with other top attractions locally including:
- RHS Wisley gardens
- Brooklands Museum (home of the Dambusters and Concorde)
- Mercedes Benz World (for AMG, skid-pan and off-road driving experiences)
For this event to be successful and run smoothly, we MUST have volunteers to help us. This is for all aspects, including registration desk, making lunch, helping with the BBQ and general help. These will not detract from your sailing day, so please think about how you can help, and record this on the registration form.
For sailing and daytime, no special sailing clothing is required. Details of what to bring will be provided well in advance.
For the BBQ, whatever you are comfortable in.