Littleton Sailing Club

Littleton Sailing ClubLittleton Sailing Club actively promotes dinghy sailing in a safe environment. Adults and families are all welcomed. The club is situated on an attractive lake, near Shepperton in Surrey and easily accessible from the M25, M3 and M4. We offer year round dinghy racing and cruising, windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding. Adults can learn to sail on one of our RYA training courses, while junior members start learning in a relaxed fun environment and can go on to take RYA certificated courses if they wish.

Recently we celebrated our 60 year anniversary, and are particularly proud to have been awarded Sports Club of the Year, in the 2018 Spelthorne Sports Awards.

For full details, please refer to the information on the Current Sailing Activities page and the table below.

LSC Facilities as of 1 March 2021

All aspects are subject to change. Please check the e-bulletin for updates.
 StatusDetails
Littleton Sailing Club CLOSEDPlanning to open 29 March for buddy sailing, subject to government guidelines
Winter racing CLOSED
Cruising CLOSED
Windsurfing CLOSED
Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) CLOSED
Full duty team CLOSED
Safety boat CLOSED
Boat hire CLOSED
Toilets CLOSED
Galley catering CLOSED
Changing rooms CLOSED
Bar CLOSED
Juniors' Sailing Group CLOSED
RYA training courses CLOSED
Coaching for members CLOSED

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

UPDATED: Autumn and Winter Sailing Schedule from 10th October

UPDATED 14 OCTOBER

Our winter series racing starts on the 10th October and continues until 28th March 2021. Racing takes place on Saturdays before Christmas and switches to Sundays after Christmas.

Dates as follows:

Saturdays from 10th October to 19th December 2020

There will be no safety cover or racing on Sundays during this period.

  • 10:30 Solo Class Early Winter Series
  • 10:35 General Handicap Early Winter Series
  • 11:30 General Handicap Early Winter Series
  • 16:00 Safety cover withdrawn

Sundays from 10th January to 28th March 2021

There will be no safety cover or racing on Saturdays during this period.

  • 10:30 General Handicap Late Winter Series
  • 11.30 General Handicap Late Winter Series (back to back with race 1)

Special trophy days:

Icicle Trophy 3rd January 2021

  • 11:00 General Handicap Icicle Trophy
  • 12:45 General Handicap Icicle Trophy
  • 14:00 General Handicap Icicle Trophy

Brass Monkey 7th February 2021

  • 11:00 General Handicap Brass Monkey
  • 12:45 General Handicap Brass Monkey
  • 14:00 General Handicap Brass Monkey

Note that on days when there is no safety cover over the winter members may still sail so long as they have someone else in attendance who could effect a rescue if needed.

Winter Clothing
Please be reminded that our club rules state that from November till end of March either a wetsuit or drysuit must be worn as the water temperature becomes rather more refreshing.

Winter Membership
If you’re not already a member and would like to enjoy winter sailing at Littleton, please see details of our winter membership offer.

Littleton Sailing Club Regatta 29 August

We look forward to welcoming members to the Littleton Sailing Club Regatta, which will be held on Saturday 29th August. 

There will be three races across the day, with the first race at 11:00am.

General cruising is welcome all day.

The galley will be open from 10am to 4pm (weather permitting):

  • Food must be pre-ordered and paid for prior to going out on the water.
  • Tea/coffee and soft drinks will be available throughout the day.
  • Card and contactless payments only, no cash and no tabs.
  • Please socially distance and use the one-way system: go up the fire escape by the workshop along the balcony, preorder you food and exit via the kitchen fire escape. 

OD, Safety Boat & Loos Open at Weekends

We will now have both Officer of the Day (OD) and Safety Boat (SB) at the weekend together with opening of the club house loos, but not the changing rooms. The upper level of the clubhouse remains out of bounds. For detailed information, please see the Current Sailing Activities page.

LSC Facilities as of 2nd December 2020

All aspects are subject to change. Please check the e-bulletin for updates.
 StatusDetails
Littleton Sailing Club OPEN
Government guidelines to be followed when on site. Scan QR code on arrival
to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app
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Winter racing OPEN2 morning races from 10:30. Saturdays from 10th October to 19th December 2020, Sundays from 10th January to 28th March 2021.

Cruising OPENUp until 2pm on race days. Buddy sailing at other times.
Windsurfing OPEN
Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) OPEN
Full duty team YESModified responsibilities.
Safety boat OPENCover on Saturdays until Xmas and then Sundays Jan to Mar with priority on sailor safety, boat recoveries limited.
Boat hire OPEN
Cleaning required before and after sailing.
Toilets OPENLimited numbers and keep distance.
Galley catering CLOSEDGalley closed until further notice. Don't forget to bring a packed lunch and hot drinks with you.
Changing rooms OPENLimited numbers, come ready changed if possible, access to showers only if necessary, bags left in car to keep room clear.
Bar CLOSED
Juniors' Sailing Group CLOSEDBuddy sailing with dinghy hire available for Youth helms with RYA Stage 3 or above.

Dinghy hire now available

A selection of club dinghies are available to hire again for helms with RYA Level 1&2 or equivalent experience. This includes the club’s Lasers, Solo, Comet and one Vision for hire (only members of the same household can sail together in the Vision).

There are 3 Fevas and 3 Picos available for Youth helms with RYA Stage 3 or above.
 
At the end of each session please wash the boat down with soapy water. We have left buckets, brushes and washing liquid around the slip ways so please do this at the end of the day.

Weekday hire is possible but restricted on the wind strength so please do not be disappointed if your booking is not confirmed. 

For more information and instruction on how to book, please see our boat hire page.

Icicle Trophy 2020

The first Littleton Trophy event of the year took place on Sunday 5th January. The Icicle Trophy was sailed in more pleasant conditions than it has been in some past years, and certainly not living up to its name on this occasion! Thanks go to Steve Jones and his team for setting some great courses resulting in some close racing over the three general handicap race series. In a total fleet of 15 entries, congratulations to Nick Pepper, who triumphed in his Laser, to take the trophy at the end of the day.

See full results 

View all photos (courtesy of Mike Wilkie)

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.

More detailed information about the schedule for resuming activities will follow soon. 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.

 

Club reopens from 5th December

We are pleased to announce a return to sailing activities in line with government guidelines from 5th December.

For full details, please refer to the information on the Current Sailing Activities page and the current facilities table.

Please note: the club will reserve the right to cancel all sailing in the case of adverse weather conditions. We will use the WhatsApp group and the website to inform you so please check these if the weather looks poor. This decision will be made on Thursdays and members will be informed if sailing is cancelled.

The club is closed until further notice

Coronavirus (Covid19) Sailing Update 6th November 2020
 
In line with the second 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. 

Occasional trips to the site will be made by designated people to check for health and safety and security concerns for the club’s assets, so if you have a specific request for us to look at your boat, please let Tim Hore know who will take a photo on his next visit.

For more information please visit the RYA COVID hub: https://www.rya.org.uk/knowledge-advice/current-affairs/Pages/coronavirus-covid-19.aspx

We will be monitoring the situation and will adjust our stance when appropriate or necessary.

In the meantime, please stay safe and observe the government guidance to stay at home.

LSC Covid 19 Risk Assessment (PDF, 218KB)

Check in at the club using the NHS Covid-19 app

From this week we ask you to scan the official Littleton QR code each time that you visit the club instead of texting Tim.

1) Download the app on your phone

The NHS COVID-19 app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

NHS Covid-19 app

2) Select ‘Venue check-in’ 

When you arrive at the club, open the app and select ‘Venue check-in’ and allow the app to access your camera so that you can scan the Littleton QR code.

venue-check-in

3) Scan the official Littleton QR code

You will see large A4 laminated posters with the official Littleton QR code printed on them at various points around the club. 

Follow the instructions on the app to scan the code.

 

poster

Please remember to scan the QR code each time you come so that we can keep an accurate record of everyone on site and keep people safe.

We are also adding a book in the galley to record names for people who don’t have a phone with the app installed, or forget to scan the QR code. 

Winter Membership 2020 offer

Winter Membership for £70 single handed or £105 double handed; including Boat Berthing. Discount available for CSSC members.

Winter will soon be here, but no need to hang up your wetsuit. We have winter racing to take you through to the spring.

Our winter membership provides full sailing rights from 10th October 2020 to 31st March 2021 and includes berthing entitlement. Boats available for hire to members with RYA Level 1&2 or equivalent experience. If you’re not into racing just come down and cruise the lake – everyone is welcome! 

For more information contact the New Memberships Secretary.

Check out our winter calendar:


Saturdays from 10th October to 19th December

  • 
10:30   Solo Class Early Winter Series
  • 
10:35   General Handicap Early Winter Series

  • 11:30   General Handicap Early Winter Series


Sundays from 10th January to 28th March 2021

  • 10:30   General Handicap Late Winter Series
  • 
11.30   General Handicap Late Winter Series
  • 
Plus special trophy days on 3rd January and 7th February