Dinghy Sailing

Contact -

Wendy Barnes and Judith Young Email: sailing@cvu3a.uk

Date and Time - 1:00pm - 5:00pm 2nd Tuesday & 4th Wednesday during the summer months
Meeting Place - Troy Lake, West Hyde near Rickmansworth


The Dinghy Sailing group meet on the second Tuesday and fourth Wednesday of the month (1pm – 5pm) from April until the beginning of October, at Troy Lake, West Hyde (between Maple Cross and Denham).

Members from several different U3A groups come together to sail and socialise under the aegis of Rickmansworth Sailing Club who allow us to sail in their club boats: 2 Wayfarers, a Wanderer, 2 Lasers, 2 Picos and 2 kayaks. Recently, a Comet Versa and Laser 2000 were added to the fleet.

The cost to members is £8 per sailing session, which covers insurance, upkeep of the dinghies and fuel for the safety boat. We provide life jackets, so all you need is warm clothing and a sense of adventure!

No previous experience is necessary but we do ask that you can swim at least 10 metres - we organise Capsize Drill at least once each season. The first sailing session of the year will be on Wednesday 24 April.

New members are welcome, and tuition will be given where necessary so any ability is catered for.

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If you would like to know more about our group do contact the coordinator, Wendy Barnes on 01494 783790 or Judith Young on 01494 580912or by email: sailing@cvu3a.uk

Current Programme

2nd march (2:00 - 4:00) Welcome to new members, tour of facilities, tea at 3pm, followed by Safety Boat briefing for safety boat crews in Training Hut (led by John Byrne) or Overview of principles of Sailing in main clubhouse (led by Wendy Barnes)
9th april (1.30 - 4.30) Rules of Racing (simplified) before tea (led by Paul Johnson). Then practice rigging dinghies - if fine, possibility of some sailing  
24th april (1-5) First full sailing session. General practice and familiarisation before tea. Then Racing around simple course after tea.
14th may As Above
22nd may  
11th june  
26th june  
9th july

Sailing followed by midsummer BBQ

24th july  
13th august  
28th august  
10th september  
25th september  
8th october  
23rd october Last sailing session