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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.
There are two streams to our training – Adult and Family training and our Junior training program.
More details on our Junior program can be found in on the Junior page.
Adult and Family training program
Budworth Sailing club has developed a training program that enables new members to engage with the club and progress into our activities at your own speed. The last few years have proved a few things to us, but the most important message to convey to new members is :
As with anything in life, the more you put in to it, the more you will get out and the faster you will progress.
There is a clear progression path for training and a support network that should enable you to really enjoy your sailing. We are primarily a volunteer run club, but we are keen to hear from you so please do give us your feedback.
What we offer – The training pathway
STEP 0 - Have a go – Open days – May and August and Saturday mornings.
We run two open days each year which enables members of the public to turn up and be shown around the club and go for a joy ride with an experienced member.
On Saturday mornings and Friday evenings (in the summer) there is normally an experienced sailor who can take you out for a quick sail to see if sailing is for you. If you are interested in doing this, then please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can attempt to support you.
To access Budworth's training program, you will need to be a member of the Sailing club. You can see the membership details and how to join up here
STEP 1 - Learn to Sail courses - £80 (£60 juniors) -12 hours tuition, boat hire and buoyancy aids
The Learn to Sail course is the introduction to sailing that follows the RYA Level 1 and 2 syllabus, this is run by our experienced Senior Instructors and Dinghy Instructors. This will enable you to rig, launch and sail a boat in moderate conditions safely. Progress on all courses is dependent on weather conditions and how quickly sailors pick up the skills.
The courses are run either over 6 weekday evenings or 2 full Saturdays.
STEP 2 - Better sailing course - £100 (£80 juniors) -12 hours tuition boat hire and buoyancy aids
The Better sailing course, enables you to use what you learnt on the LTS course and hone and build skills. It will progress you through RYA Level 2 and 3 (again progress is dependent on multiple factors).
The course continues to use our Laser Bahia and Pico training boats, but we also progress members in to the clubs boats (GP14's, Lasers and Fireflies).
STEP 3A - Friday eve and Saturdays progression and practice (Boat hire costs only)
Key to progressing in sailing is practice and we provide supervised sessions on Friday evenings (Summer) and Saturdays. New members can hire club boats (£5 / person) and use the lake to practice your skills. We aim to have an experienced member or Instructor on site available to provide advice on conditions and to discuss routines to work on, and of course to provide safety boat cover as well.
STEP 3B - Crew for an experienced club member in racing
You will gain a lot of experience and tuition from experienced members by crewing in racing. This can be quite daunting, but you will learn a lot about Dinghy racing and have a lot of fun.
STEP 4 - Improver sessions – (£15 a session)
Once you have mastered the basics, a number of our experienced members run sessions that provide more advanced skills. These are organised by our "Better Sailors" group which organises on Whats App. We stress at this point that we want to hear from you when you want to learn more.
STEP 5 - Start racing
Normally within the Improver sessions you will start learning some basic racing skills and we then encourage you to start sailing on Saturday afternoon novice races.
Once you get to this point you will probably be keen to buy a boat and fleet captains and experienced members are always happy to share and advise on what to buy and what to look for. Our aim is for you to enjoy all the stages of learning to sail and being a club member gives you a support network.
STEP 6 - Fleet training days
Your fleet captain will normally organise a couple of special fleet training days, where the focus is on how that particular boat sails and advanced skills to drive the boat as quickly as possible.
Some people progress through these steps in order in months, others take a little longer. It is up to you how you progress. But like learning anything, the more time you commit to going on the water, the quicker you will learn.
Training course dates and booking
The Learn to Sail and Better sailing course dates are set at the beginning of the year and all of the dates can be found in the calendar here
Booking and paying for these courses can be done on the web site up to 2 months before the course starts. Course details and bookings
Preparation for Learn To Sail Courses – 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.
How the courses run
Saturday courses start at 9:30am and will normally finish around 4pm.
Evening courses are either on Mondays or Thursday evenings and start at 6:00pm in the spring and autumn and a little later during summer months. We aim to finish the evenings by 9pm, but we do end up in the bar and it can become quite social!
The courses are run by our RYA Senior Instructors and Dinghy instructors and operate under the Cheshire East RYA training Centre.
Other things you need to know
Like most inland lakes, Budworth Mere does sometimes get blue green algae in the mid summer, however this doesn't generally stop activities. We provide information on safe use of the water and precautions that you can take, and we rarely see any issues.
What can we sail
Learn to Sail is completed in the available training boats (Laser Bahia's, Laser Pico's, Toppers 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.
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.