Summer Dinghy Sailing Tasters 2021

Get onto the water for a 1 hour dinghy sailing taster at Littleton Sailing Club in Shepperton.

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.

You will set sail in one of our 2-person training boats, with an experienced club sailor at the helm who will show you the ropes and even let you take the helm if the weather is suitable.

If you decide you’d like to learn to sail, then talk to us about membership options and the RYA courses that we run at the club

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

FAQs

Wear 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. 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. Bring a change of clothes and a towel just in case you get wet. We have hot showers if you should need to warm up after your sail.

This event is limited to a small number of people to ensure social distancing can be maintained. All visitors to our club are expected to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines whilst on site. For the latest information around restrictions in place at Littleton Sailing Club please refer to our current sailing activities page.

Feel free to email us any questions using the contact form.

The best way of getting to the club is by car. There is plenty of parking on site. Alternatively the nearest train station is Shepperton. We would recommend you take a taxi/bicycle from the station to the club. Otherwise it is a healthy 35-minute walk.

Registration now open for 2021 CSSC Dinghy Championships

The 2021 CSSC Dinghy Championships will be hosted by Littleton Sailing Club and the CSSA (Civil Service Sports Association) on the weekend of 26 & 27 June 2021.

We welcome all CSSC Members, members of CSSA Sailing Clubs, Armed Forces Sailing Associations  and Littleton Lake Sailing Club Members to compete; with opportunities to participate for all levels of experience, from youth sailors to those new to competitive racing, through to the most competitive.

More information can be found on the event webpage and online registration is now open for competitors.

Twilight racing starts 29 April 2021

Our popular Thursday Evening Twilight Series starts this week on Thursday 29 April with a pursuit race. The start time is 19:15. The following week will be a General Handicap Race with this alternating race format continuing over the duration of the series.

Please remember to try to change at home or in the car park to avoid crowding in the changing rooms.

Join the race or come for a casual cruise just before sunset. Everyone welcome!

Open for racing and cruising

We are now open for weekend racing and cruising, twilight racing on a Thursday evening,  plus buddy sailing at other times. Please refer to the calendar for the racing schedule and the table on the home page to see which club facilities are available.

Duty teams have been reintroduced together with reduced safety cover. Remember it is important to sail well within your ability and do not sail if the wind is above your ability level.  

The current guidelines limit maximum group size of six people to meet anywhere outside from 29 March 2021 until 17th May when the limit moves to 30. The overall message, which we are used to now, is keep your distance and avoid contact as much as possible.

For more information, please see the Current Sailing Activities page.

2021 CSSC Dinghy Championships

We are planning to host the 2021 CSSC Dinghy Championships on the weekend of 26 & 27 June 2021.

In the lead up to this event, Littleton Sailing Club and CSSA will be reviewing the scope and risk and prospective COVID19 restrictions in force. 

We welcome all CSSC Members, members of CSSA Sailing Clubs, and Armed Forces Sailing Associations, with opportunities to participate for all levels of experience, from youth sailors to those new to competitive racing, through to the most competitive:

  • A rookie fleet and championship fleet
  • Youth, double handed and single handed awards
  • Coaching available for those new to racing
  • BBQ on Saturday and catering available on site
  • Local camping and hotel accommodation available
  • Ample car parking available
  • CSSA Trophies and awards
  • Local dinghies available to rent, for those travelling a distance
  • Compete as a club or area group for the CSSA team trophy, the ‘Littleton Bell’, currently held by Hooe Point Sailing Club, Plymouth

Please check back for updates and NOR on 29 April, and open for application is anticipated by 29 May.

 

Littleton Sailing Club AGM – Wed 31 March

The  AGM is being held on Zoom, see details below on Wednesday 31 March at 7:15pm. 

Zoom meeting details
Time: Mar 31, 2021 7:15 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81040157269pwd=LzloRlFpYlNOY3pCc1pNdXFieGsyZz09
Passcode: QU2JB4
Meeting ID: 810 4015 7269

The AGM agenda and papers can be found below:

Re-opening for buddy sailing from 29 March

We are pleased to announce a return to sailing from 29 March 2021 in line with government guidelines.

The club will be open for buddy sailing initially, with additional sailing activities and access to club facilities to follow as soon as possible.

For more detailed information about the facilities available, please see the current sailing activities page and refer to the table on the homepage. Please note, all plans are subject to change if the situation or guidelines alter.

The club is closed until further notice

Coronavirus (Covid19) Sailing Update 5th January 2021
 
In line with the new lockdown, the club is now closed until further notice.  No access to the clubhouse, garage, slipways or workshop is permitted. Collection of your boat is also not possible under the restrictions as it is unlikely to be classed as an essential journey.  The measures also includes no access for maintenance.  It is also not permitted to meet socially on the club grounds. 

Please stay safe and observe the government guidance to stay at home.

 

Open for buddy sailing from 20th December

First of all, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas in the circumstances.  This is a very unusual year and one that we all hope will not see the light of day again.  Here is hoping for some sort of normality to return sometime soon.  We have a full sailing programme planned for the summer which we can’t wait to deliver.

In the meantime the club is now in a Tier 4. Our understanding is that outdoor sport is still allowed but we have taken the view to cancel all organised sailing and racing.  Putting us back into where we were in May of just allowing Buddy Sailing with no duty teams allocated. So please only sail on days you think you can manage the conditions without needing any safety boat. By sailing, you are opting in to understanding the risks. Normal buddy rules apply on any day, but please adhere to the government guidelines as they apply to your area.

The clubhouse will be closed with the outside loo the only facility available.  However in the case of an emergency, the clubhouse could be opened if a key holder was on site. Please come and go to the club ready changed if you can, or change outside if you travel a distance. It will be time ashore and around the clubhouse where the biggest risk will be.

Tier 4 requires even more vigilance and we take the view that each member must take the responsibility for all you do.  Not only for their own protection but for that of fellow members, their family and the wider community. This means that everyone should assume that everything they touch and everyone they meet is infectious and will potentially contaminate them with the virus. Equally, members should also consider that they themselves could be infectious and so minimise their contact with items and people. Remember that 1 in 3 infected people have no symptoms and may not be aware they are infectious.  Stay safe and remember Hands, Face and Space.

Please check the website for the changes to the traffic light system and other activities as they change.

Finally, this is a fast moving situation and the guidance may change further in the coming days.  The best advice is to stay at home.  We all hope the vaccine will arrive soon after which all this will be behind us.

Tim Hore, Commodore