Trial sail

by Nancy Gudgeon published Sep 20, 2011 11:35 AM, last modified Apr 05, 2017 02:17 PM

It's Simple! Come down to the club, have a sail, decide that we're for you!

Free trial

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We offer free trials for anyone who would like to give sailing a go and see if it might be for you.

The way it works is that you will be taken out on the water in a sailing dinghy that can hold two or three people along with an experienced volunteer. They will steer the boat and handle the main sail - they will be the helm. You will be asked to sit in the front of the boat and when you are ready, handle the front sail (normally called a jib). You need to move from side to side on the boat as your weight (and that of the person you are with) counter the force of the wind on the sails and keeps the boat upright. The jib is controlled by a rope that you pull in and released depending on the angle of the wind. 
 
There will be a safety boat on the water too who can help in case of any difficulty.
 
It's best to bring weather appropriate clothes with you (warm in Winter, cooler in Summer, not jeans, suncream and hat (woolly or sun!) and a change of clothes in case you get wet. Bring shoes or trainers you don't mind getting wet just in case we don't have anything to fit you- you'll need to step into the water to get into the boat. 
  
To arrange a trial sail contact the membership secretary, Nancy Gudgeon on  membership@midlandsailingclub.org.uk.

If you already sail we can't unfortunately loan boats out to non-members. You are still welcome to a trial sail though alongside a club member or you can bring your own dinghy if you have one.

 

If you would like to join you can download a membership application form here or you can ask for a copy of one in the clubhouse. You fill in your details and then find a couple of club members to propose and second your application.

Membership fees

Current membership fees can be found here. New members pay a one off joining fee then an annual membership fee.

For any other information please contact Nancy Gudgeon on membership@midlandsailingclub.org.uk.