TRAINING AT Welsh Harp Sailing Club in 2020
Learning to sail or windsurf for the first time?
We also run RYA dinghy, windsurfing, powerboat and children's courses, see currently planned courses here.
We have qualified instructors, modern boats and boards, buoyancy aids, wetsuits, wind and water - all we need is YOU!
Thursday training and tasters start again on Thursday 16th April 2020. Outside the training season for dinghy sailing, we welcome new members with sailing experience and run Plain Sailing improver sessions through to early December.
Perfect for beginners to learn to sail – instruction from friendly volunteers in modern 2-handed dinghies (GP14s - see image below).
All you need is a change of clothes, a towel and soft shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. We provide everything else you need. There will even be a hot meal available when you come off the water.
You don't need to book ahead for tasters - just turn up from 6pm. We sail until dusk and the amount of time you get on the water will vary according to weather and the number of people wanting to go out. Taster sessions are normally 30-45 minutes, with two people + an instructor in the boat and provide a taste of dinghy sailing, the club and the Welsh Harp.
Weekend 'surfing for members and new members who can already windsurf
Our friendly beach team will look after you. Make sure you have shoes you can wear in the water. Wet-suits and buoyancy aids are available.
CHILDREN AND YOUNG SAILORS
Young sailors from 8 to 18 are also welcome on Thursday evenings. A parent/guardian must come with them to the club and stay until the session is over.
Older children may be taught as adults; younger ones can have supervised fun on the water in our range of youth boats - Oppies, Teras, Toppers, Picos and Fevas
Once children got the basics they can join the Saturday morning club for to improve skills and enjoy 'time on the water'. And once the racing bug bites, there's our Tera Squad, competing at regional and national level.
More information on the children's page
Most Saturday mornings starting on 18th April 2020, for members who can tack, gybe, sail a triangular course and have successfully completed a capsize recovery. Please be changed, with oats rigged and ready for a prompt start at 10 am.
These are practice sessions under supervision – get the time on the water that you need to hone your skills.
All this training is offered FREE to our members by qualified volunteers.
Most of our training takes place in boats for two people - GP14s - but we also offer single-handed sailing in Oppies, Toppers and Picos (for children and youth) and in Lasers for adults and older teenagers. Basic training is offered on Thursday evenings, but there are also sessions on Saturday mornings throughout the year when you have some experience (or if you can already sail).
We have 8 Lasers, 4 Picos and any number of Toppers and Oppies.
Further courses that will give you nationally recognized certificates are available to those who wish to progress, at low cost (typically £130 for a weekend course). These may include:
- Coaching Clinics (sailing)
- RYA Courses Levels 1 and 2
- Start Racing
- Advanced race training
- RYA Sailing with Spinnakers
- RYA Seamanship
- Start Windsurfing
The Welsh Harp is a special and environmentally sensitive stretch of water. So we only permitted by our landlords (Canal and River Trust) to use powerboats for the provision of safety cover for our members. To cover all our racing and training activities, we need a good supply of trained powerboat drivers. We offer RYA Level 2 Courses, which provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). Five Powerboat courses are scheduled and open for booking between April and August 2020. Additional courses are planned for October through to December subject to demand. Click here for dates, details and booking.