WHSC race two classes of dinghy, the GP14 and Laser (Standard and Radial) and each class has their own individual starts.  We are fortunate to have one of the largest GP14 fleets in the south and we encourage the growth of the racing fleet by continuing our practice of ensuring helms take the position as crew, and crews switch to the position of helm by swapping over between races. 

Our club class racing takes place with assigned race officers and safety cover as follows:

Saturdays throughout the year with class races split into the following series:

  • Autumn Series from October through December with a 13:00 start time
  • Winter Series from January through March with a 13:00 start time
  • Spring Series from April to June with a 13:00/13:30 start time
  • Summer Series from July to September with a 13:30/13:00 start time

Tuesday evenings with a Spring and Summer Series from April to September with a 18:45 start time.


Many of our club members travel together and participate in GP14 and Laser Class open meetings in either Southern or Thames Valley regions, National or World Championships.    

We host GP14 Association Southern Travellers and Thames Valley ICLA (Laser) Grand Prix open events on some Saturdays and Sundays every year which replace club racing.  

Some years WHSC host the annual WHSA Regatta and invite all clubs based at the Welsh Harp Reservoir to participate in this special day of racing and fun activities. 

To view or book WHSC held open events, see Upcoming Events.

We also receive an annual invitation to join members of Poole Yacht Club for their GP14 Round the Islands Race, and Open meeting weekend in Poole Harbour. 


The club is open for members to sail 365 days a year.

We usually have at least one other weekend each year for coastal cruising, such as at Exmouth or Brightlingsea.

For opportunities for Sailability - sailing for people with disabilities - see Sailability