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Learn to Sail


Learn to sail and race

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 offer a range of courses as follows

There are four strands to our training programme;

  1. Juniors,
  2. Adult and Family, Get Back on the Water,
  3. Adult and Family, Learn to Sail,
  4. Adult and Family, Better Sailing

If you aren’t sure what is best for you, Craig Hewett is our New Member Co-Ordinator, Craig runs Saturday clinics every month to assist new members to find their next move!



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.

More details below.

Note: For club members there is also a wealth of  information and training material on this website!. Just register/login and visit the Members section. You can find information on launching and landing at Budworth; our race “starting system”; rigging and sailing tips – plus “Racing Rules” information and a picture quiz!

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. This year we are introducing Family Learn to Sail on which 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. Contact the co-ordinators (Hugh for juniors, John for adults, email links below)

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 here 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.


Junior Training

We run training sessions on Sunday mornings in 6 week blocks in May/June and Sept/October, sailing in Optimists or Toppers.

There are three groups:

  • Beginners:   For those who are new to sailing or who have sailed a few times and want to build their confidence and basic boat handling skills (RYA level 1-2).
  • Progressors:  For children who can sail a triangular course confidently (including sailing upwind and gybing) and who wish to develop more advanced boat handling skills (RYA level 3-4).  Attendees are also encouraged to practice outside of the training sessions.
  • Racers group: For competent sailors who want to progress to racing. Training sessions are followed by participation in the first race on Sunday morning (with coach support on the water). You are encouraged to join in other club racing too – on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.

In addition, we have social events throughout the year, including our renowned Summer Party and Camp Over, always popular! Again details, once confirmed, will be posted on this website and in the clubhouse.

Adult Training

Co-ordinated and run by trained SI’s

Adult and Family Learn To Sail

We welcome you to join us and we offer a Learn to Sail course which follows the RYA schemes Levels 1 and 2, and provides the  RYA L2 qualification.  It is open to families and adults, so if you want to learn with your children this is the option for you, or adults can also join and learn. Adults and juniors will normally be split into separate groups. Children must be over 12 years old, and must be training as part of a family group.

There will be several courses throughout the year, including three before the summer holidays and one in September.

First course up is to help you Get Back on the Water. Starting 1st April on Sunday mornings for 3 weeks.

There are two Lean to Sail courses starting in April:

The next Better Sailing course following on in June:

To book courses please go to the WebCollect tab and look for adult training. Links will be activated from here when the courses are set up.

Any queries, please contact bsctraining@budworthsc.org.uk


Like to Crew in a Snipe?

There are a few helms wanting a crew for the 2018 season.

Successful Helm and crew combinations depend upon availability, ability,  personality and is especially daunting if you are new to the club and don’t know who would be good to consider. Read on……..

What does a Helm look for in a potential crew: race winner, someone to teach how to helm or crew, to encourage into the sport, a specific weight or ability, just be a regular down at the club, travel to occasional events with no cost or shared cost, just a chatty person who likes to get out on the water, the occasional sail on specific days or a regular slot through most of the year? I may have missed out a variable or two.

What does a Crew look for: The mirror of the above.

It can be tricky to find a helm to sail with, there is always the worry that there is discomfort in asking in case they don’t know how to say “yes please” or “no”, their crew may be upset too !

As Snipe Captain I am pretty familiar with those who are looking for a crew now and for next season, so by getting in touch with me we can discuss what you want and who would be a good fit for you.

If you would rather crew in a GP or RS200 then get in touch with the class captain if those fleet, you will find them keen to help.


Crew Coaching

For an overview on all the club coaching visit  http://budworthsc.org.uk/training/

I have been talking about putting on some specific crewing coaching at Budworth for some time, I would like now to know if you are interested?

If so delete the less favoured options below to each point and email your reply to snipe@antonelli.co.uk , I will collate and discuss with those who can support this.


  1. Beginner / improver / club racing / race to win / Olympics
  2. Saturday morning /Sunday morning / mid week evening
  3. Session length:  1 / 2 / 3 hrs
  4. Number of sessions:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
  5. Months preferred:  March / April  / May  / June  / July / Sept / Oct / Nov
  6. Group / 1 to 1
  7. Free / happy to pay
  8. Prefer:  Firefly  /  RS200  /  Snipe  /  GP  /  Laser (trick question)  /  Any class of boat


Note: If you aren’t already a member you will need to join us, see here: How To Join Us

Any queries, please contact  bsctraining@budworthsc.org.uk or our Membership Secretary bscmemsec@budworthsc.org.uk