The Midland Fleets

by Richard Neighbour last modified Feb 04, 2013 11:21 PM

We welcome just about all dinghy classes to sail with us, from Oppies for the smallest juniors, through to Fireballs and beyond for the largest and most competitive sailors.

While the fleets are primarily to enable fair racing between the different classes, we still find time for just messing about on the water on a lazy sunday - no matter what the weather.

The Racing Fleets

We currently have five active racing fleets, which not only compete amongst themselves but using a handicap system also compete against each other in our regular race series which run all year round.

The Junior Fleet

Optimist class emblemWhile the youngest Juniors sail in Optimists, which were purpose designed for smaller children, the Junior Fleet also use other classes such as the Topper and RS Feva that are used for adult training and racing.

And the older members also race in Enterprise, GP14 as well as crewing in Merlin Rockets and have taken honours at club and regional events.

The Training Fleet

For training courses the club has a selection of different classes of dingies, and new members will be taught to sail all of them during the courses. For more information, see the Training section.

 

The Leisure Fleet

Usually found enjoying lazy summer sunday afternoons, we have a couple of Mirrors, a Kittiwake and collection of other boats who's owners no longer feel the need to prove themselves in the racing fleet. Any dinghy is welcome to come and join us for leisure sailing.

Safety boats

And to ensure the safety of everyone out on the water, the club as two Safety Boats - Sue and Joan - that are crewed by qualified members and overseen by the Race Office or a Senior Instructor as appropriate.