RYA Training Courses

Littleton Sailing Club is an RYA Training Centre offering courses in dinghy sailing leading to RYA certification for both adults and children. Our beginner dinghy courses are a great way to take your first steps into the exciting sport of dinghy sailing.

2019 Adult Course Dates
RYA Level 1 and 2:

  • 18, 19, 25, 26 May
  • 22, 23, 29, 30 June
  • 10, 11, 17, 18 August
  • 28, 29 Sept, 5, 6 Oct

RYA Level 3:

  • 31 Aug, 1 Sept

RYA Seamanship Skills:

  • 4, 5 May

More information about our adult courses can be found on our training pages.

RYA Youth Training Courses
For information on courses for young sailors go to the youth training page.

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Solo Open Meeting – Sunday 28th April

We look forward to welcoming all visiting and home club Solo sailors to our Solo Open Meeting, which will be held on Sunday 28th April.

Registration will open be at 9.30 am. It is planned to run four races, the first race start will be scheduled for 11.00am, and the following three races at times to be advised on the day. If four races are held, three will count for overall positions, if three races are held, two will count. If less than two races are held, all  will count.

Entry fee: £12.00 (to include tea and cakes at the end of the afternoon).

Download Notice of Race
Download Sailing Instructions

Note: there will be no club racing or cruising during this event.

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Laser Open Meeting – Saturday 13th April

We look forward to welcoming all visiting and home club Laser sailors to our Laser Open Meeting, which will be held on Saturday 13th April. Entries are open to standard, radial and 4.7m rigs.

Registration will open be at 9.30 am. It is planned to run four races, the first race start will be scheduled for 11.00am, and the following three races at times to be advised on the day. If four races are held, three will count for overall positions, if three races are held, two will count. If less than two races are held, all  will count.

Entry fee: £12.00 (to include tea and cakes at the end of the afternoon).

Download Notice of Race
Download Sailing Instructions

Note: there will be no club racing or cruising during this event.

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Hooe Point SC to Host 2019 CSSC Dinghy Championships

Hooe Point SC in Plymouth are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 2019 CSSA Dinghy Championships which will take place over the weekend of 20th, 21st and 22nd of September.

Racing will take place using the beautiful waters of Plymouth Sound on the Saturday and Sunday and there will be a fun race on the Friday evening in the river, as an icebreaker.

There will be a barbecue on Saturday after racing for all competitors and their families (BYOB).

Several camping venues are within easy reach of the sailing club and there are also nearby B & B’s and hotels.

Full details will be published in the near future but in the meantime, why not visit the regatta website and register your interest in this event. The website address is cssa-regatta-plymouth.co.uk. It will be helpful to us if we can have an idea of numbers who may be attending.

By registering your interest we will be able to keep you updated with developments.

We look forward to seeing you in September.

For any queries please contact Keith Kendall by email at kkendall@hotmail.co.uk

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Littleton Awarded RYA British Youth Sailing Club Status

Littleton Sailing Club is delighted to announce that thanks to the efforts of our volunteers past and present, we have been awarded British Youth Sailing (BYS) Recognised Club status by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).

Littleton’s recognition was awarded at the RYA Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace on Sunday 3rd March 2019.  It was received by Stephen Lemmon the 2019 leader for the Junior Sailing Group, and Andrew Selves our Youth Instructor.

To qualify for the recognition, the Club demonstrated that we met a series of
exacting standards, we run a regular race training programme within recognised BYS classes, youth sailors from the Club  participate in BYS Regional Junior Championships (among others) and we continue to deliver training using qualified RYA Coaches to RYA Recognised Training Centre Standards.

If you are interested in trying dinghy sailing, or perhaps have previously sailed and want to take it to the next level, see our Youth Sailing activities and opportunities.

For more information on the BYS programme, visit the RYA website.

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Junior Sailing from 27th April

Our parent supervised Junior Sailing group re-starts Saturday afternoon 27th April 2019.

The aim of Juniors is to introduce youngsters to sailing and, with parents, enhance sailing skills and have fun. All juniors have opportunities to progress in skill to club racing through the Juniors fleet of boats, including Optimists, Toppers, Picos and high performance Fevas. Any young person who is already a member of Littleton Sailing Club or Littleton Lake Sailing Club via family can join Juniors sailing sessions. There is a contribution towards maintenance of the Juniors fleet of £60 for the season.

Sign up through our teamSTUFF app https://teamstuff.com/join/littleton-junior-sai/48d22ec7

For more information about our Junior sailing group …

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Summer Dinghy Sailing Tasters

If you have ever wanted to try sailing, or you are wondering if you would like to join our club, then this is your chance to come and experience our hospitality and facilities, and to get out on the water for a first hand experience. If you decide you would like to join our club then there is a special offer on membership on the day saving the £50 joining fee.

We have two taster sessions running on Wednesday evenings and two running on Sunday mornings. The evening sessions start at 18.30 and the Sunday sessions start at 11.30. After a short introduction, you will spend a total of about an hour on the water with one of our experienced sailors, who will show you which ropes to pull and even let you have a go at steering. The evening tasters finish around 20.00 with the bar open in the clubhouse. The Sunday tasters finish around 13.00, with refreshments available from our clubhouse galley.

To book onto one of our dinghy sailing taster sessions click on one of the dates below and follow the instructions.

What to Wear for a Dinghy Sailing Taster
Suitable warm clothing, waterproof trousers and top and trainers. Should you have a wetsuit and neoprene boots then that would also be an option though certainly not essential. If the weather on the day is warm then shorts will be fine. Buoyancy aids will be worn whilst on the water, so if you have one bring it with you, otherwise we will provide you with one on the day. Hot showers are available so bring a change of clothes and a towel.

Learn to Sail
If you decide you would like to learn to sail then the club offers its members several RYA Level 1&2 training courses during the year. Course information …

View photos from one of our previous taster events
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New! – Personal Handicap Pursuit Racing

6th April sees the first of our personal handicap pursuit races. Handicaps and a guide for competitors will be placed on the desk in the foyer as soon as possible after the new PY numbers are released by the RYA. The boat class start numbers for the 14:00 Personal Handicap Pursuit race will differ from the numbers used for the Twilight pursuit because the race is a slightly different length and because the Twilight starts 15 minutes past the hour. To obtain your start time you take your boat class start time and add your new personal handicap to that number. That gives your start time in minutes. When the 5-4-1-0 race start sequence is completed, 00 will be displayed and the numbers will count up every minute. You start when your number is displayed and the hooter sounds. Note that a negative start time means that you will be starting during the start sequence (before the 00 is displayed). Personal handicaps will be adjusted every week, so you need to check your start time every race.

Racing should be very close and everyone should have a chance to win!

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