Budworth Sailing Club aims to provide a fun and sociable learning environment so members can develop sailing skills, knowledge and confidence. We are a RYA VOLVO Racing Club which recognises our high standards and we broadly follow the RYA syllabuses. Training is provided by BSC club members who are all qualified instructors and race coaches, friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable. They are all experienced sailors and active racers.
We welcome beginners to join and take part in our training with specific courses aimed at those completely new to sailing to help take your first splash into the water all way through to racing and taking on the best at the club.
Sailing Courses Available
We offer a range of courses to suit the different levels you are at:
- Adult and Family, Learn to Sail - for the complete beginner or for those who want to get back in to sailing and want an easy re-introduction.
- Adult and Family, Better Sailing - a great follow on course, of for those who want to improve.
We offer training aimed at juniors (under 12s) too.
Courses Open for Enrolment
The following courses are now open for enrolment:
- Adult and Family, Learn to Sail - evenings for 6 weeks starting Thursday 10th May, enrol here.
- Junior Learn to Sail - Saturdays 12th and 26th of May, enrol here.
- Adult and Family, Better Sailing - evenings for 6 weeks starting Monday 4th June, enrol here.
We are acutely aware that when you start out and want to get practice you want to do it when there is safety cover available. To that end these are the times when you can expect to go to the club and find someone in a RIB and probably someone who can advise you on finding and rigging a boat.
Friday evenings – From 6:30pm – Social and cruising – NOT RACING. A safety rib is manned and normally a coach is available as well, this isn't formal training, but you'll get a few tips on things to try.
Saturday afternoons. Whilst there is racing happening, you can use this time to go sailing, if you speak to the Race officer (he/she won't bite) they will tell you where it will be safe to sail to avoid racing. Don't worry if you get a load of boats around you, they will avoid you, just be clear where you are and where you are going, and attempt to keep clear.
Wednesday evenings. Again there is racing on (in the summer months), but most nights there is room for boats to potter around or even just follow others around. The same rules apply, speak to the race officer and then attempt to keep clear of other boats.
Who can attend?
People attending the training must be club members. The minimum age to participate is 8 years old (16 years for the adult courses), no upper age limit! Attendees of any age must be confident swimmers. For the Adult and Family courses, all children must be over 12 years old and accompanied by their parent/guardian on the training, or you can learn as an adult.
What can we sail?
Learn to Sail is completed in the available training boats, but after this training would normally be in your own boat but, if you don't have one, we have some club boats (Optimists, Toppers, Laser, GP14 and an RS Feva XL ) that can be hired while you decide whether you like sailing and/or the type of boats before committing to a purchase. These boats can also be hired at other times during the week or for racing.
What to wear?
Staying warm is an important factor in enjoying sailing! If you only sail in good weather then a T-shirt, shorts and old trainers will do, although it is always a good idea to have waterproof coat/top and over-trousers and a change of clothes to hand for changeable weather. For those who are not just fair weather sailors, you need to consider a spray top/ waterproofs, wetsuit, wet suit boots and a hat. If you don't have a wetsuit, bring a set of clothes and shoes to travel in and two warm sets of clothes to sail in (eg fleece or tracksuit bottoms and beach shoes/ trainers that can get wet) so that you can change and carry on sailing if you get wet early on in the session. Swim wear and towel are also needed. You should avoid cotton, wool or natural fabrics as these tend to take on water.
The sun is stronger when on the water than on land, so plenty of sun block and sunglasses are a good idea when the sun is bright.
Many people choose to wear gloves as ropes and water can cause blisters if its windy. You can get sailing gloves with reinforced grips or gardening gloves will do the trick (but need to be snug fitting).
Buoyancy aids are essential, these are provided on the Family Learn to Sail, but you will need to buy your own when you are not under tuition.
We have some wetsuits, waterproofs and buoyancy aids that you can borrow, but make no promises to provide all sizes, or the condition they are in! Decathlon or ebay are good sources of cheap gear.
Etiquette for training sessions
Be there for the start of the session and make sure you are changed and ready to go. Everyone, except beginners, is expected to have their boats rigged and ready to sail AND be changed and ready to sail by the start time. This will take longer than you think – give it an hour, at least!
If you are unable to attend a session, please let us know, then we wont be hanging around waiting for you.
Further details from the club training co-ordinators (links below) and in the scheduled events section below.