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. New members are very welcome!

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:

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)

Littleton SC Wins RYA BYS Regional Junior Championships Club Development Trophy

On 25th and 26th September, the Littleton Youth Squad competed in the RYA Regional British Youth Sailing Championships at Queen Mary SC, with an excellent 5th place for Lucia Evans and Isabelle Lemmon in the very competitive RS Feva Championship Class; plus 1st places for Khenza and Tazkiya Yazid, Lottie Phillips and Chloe Barwick in the Regatta Classes for Feva, Tera Sport and Topper respectively.

Alongside those fantastic individual results and prizes for endeavour, the Littleton SC team won the RYA BYS Regional Junior Championships Club Development Trophy!  Well done Team Littleton!

Comet Open 2021 – Sun 26 September

Attention all Comet sailors!

Littleton will be hosting our annual Comet Open Meeting on Sunday the 26th September. This is a chance to come and sail against other Comets visiting for the day. There will be 4 races with 3 to count. The £12 entry fee includes a prize-giving tea after sailing. Registration will be from 9:30am, with first race no earlier than 10:30am.

If you fancy your chances but don’t own a Comet then the club has two for hire to members. To hire a Comet go to Boat Hire and follow the instructions.

Club Regatta 2021 – Results

A total of 22 boats took part in this year’s Club Regatta, held on Saturday 28th August. The day promised us a F3 northerly with the chance of a shower later, but overall a pleasant sailing day. A series of rookie races for the less experienced juniors also took place.

Race officer Jon Jowett laid a good-sized course for the first championship race, using as much of the lake as possible given the wind direction. Vanda Jowett (Solo) was first over the finish line, followed by Martin Vinson (RS200), very ably crewed by wife Heidi, who had come along for a one-off fun regatta sail, yet looking as though she’d not missed a day sailing for ever! On corrected time Vanda held onto first, Nick Price (Comet) came second, and Tobias Lundkvist (Optimist) came third.

Race two was moved by popular demand to avoid the weedier end of the lake, though this made for a smaller course with what turned out to be some tight gybes, making for some challenging sailing when the wind suddenly picked up to a good F4+. Steve Jones finished first after handicap correction, with Martin and Heidi in second and Ray Bowdler (Laser) in third. Vanda retired after a terminal capsize, potentially opening up the field going into the last race.

Race three saw a reduced fleet, including Martin and Heidi who were relaxing ashore with tea and cake. Steve Jones was also absent. This left Vanda to potentially ‘seal the deal’ for the day. Mike Bean (Laser), having finished organising the junior group, competed in this race, giving Vanda a good run for her money, but finishing second.

Final Results

1st        Vanda Jowett (Solo)
2nd        Ray Bowdler (Laser)
3rd        Nick Price (Comet)
6th        Mika Colombi (Optimist) – 1st Junior

Pioneer Cup 2021 – Sat 25 September

The Pioneer Cup event will take place on Saturday 25th September. Racing starts at 10:30 with the best 2 results of 3 races counting towards the chance to win the trophy.

As always, sailors of all levels of experience are very welcome to join the racing.

This is a personal handicap racing event, meaning that each sailor has an additional handicap factor added to the boat’s standard handicap, which means everyone has a good chance of winning!  If you are new to racing, this is the perfect event to give it a go.

Or, alternatively, just come along to cruise and watch the racing.

Club Regatta 2021 – Sat 28 August

The Littleton Sailing Club Regatta will take place on Saturday 28th August. Racing starts at 10:30 with the best 2 results of 3 races counting towards the chance to win the impressive galleon trophy.

As always, sailors of all levels of experience are very welcome to join the racing. Juniors can compete in the main racing or on a smaller course for novice juniors.

Or, if you would prefer a more relaxing day, why not come along to cruise in the gentle breezes. Bask in the sunshine, for which our August bank holiday weekends are renowned!

Winter Membership

Winter Membership for £72 single handed or £108 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 and cruising to take you through to the spring. Windsurfers and paddleboarders are also welcome.

Our winter membership provides full sailing rights from 9th October 2020 to 31st March 2022 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 9th October to 18th December

  • 10:30   Solo Class Early Winter Series
  • 10:35   General Handicap Early Winter Series
  • 11:30   General Handicap Early Winter Series
  • 14:00   General Handicap Early Winter Series
  • 14:05   General Handicap All-comers Race
  • Cruising with safety cover

Sundays from 9th January to 27th March 2022

  • 10:30   General Handicap Late Winter Series
  • 11:30   General Handicap Late Winter Series
  • Plus special trophy days on 2nd January and 6th February
  • Cruising with safety cover

SOLD OUT: Welcome Back Party 21 August

The party is now sold out.

Join us at a Welcome Back Party, to mark the return to normal sailing at the Club and to thank you for your support during these unprecedented times.

Do come along to renew acquaintance with fellow members, and it’s a brilliant opportunity for newer members to enjoy the Club’s hospitality and maybe chat to the experts!

The party runs from 5pm, on Saturday 21st August in the Clubhouse. There will be a hot finger buffet, candy floss and churros. Entry is £5pp, pay on the door.

Please confirm your attendance with numbers by SUNDAY  15th August to social@littletonsc.co.uk

Contact us on the same email if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to a fun evening.

The Social Team

Kat, Sally, Nick, Rob