Join us for an evening of food, fun and freedom to welcome members old and new to the club, on Saturday 21 August from 5pm.Read more
We are running RYA Level 1&2 courses suitable for adult beginners over 4 days (couples or distancing), dates available:
- June 5/6, June 12/13
- Aug 7/8, Aug 14,15
- Sep 4/5, Sep 11/12
The cost is £140pp, please see the course page for more information and to apply.
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.
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
Meeting ID: 810 4015 7269
The AGM agenda and papers can be found below:
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 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.
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.
If you’re not already a member and would like to enjoy winter sailing at Littleton, please see details of our winter membership offer.
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.
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 2020All aspects are subject to change. Please check the e-bulletin for updates.
|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.
|Winter racing||OPEN||2 morning races from 10:30. Saturdays from 10th October to 19th December 2020, Sundays from 10th January to 28th March 2021.
|Cruising||OPEN||Up until 2pm on race days. Buddy sailing at other times.|
|Stand up paddleboarding (SUP)||OPEN|
|Full duty team||YES||Modified responsibilities.|
|Safety boat||OPEN||Cover 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||OPEN||Limited numbers and keep distance.|
|Galley catering||CLOSED||Galley closed until further notice. Don't forget to bring a packed lunch and hot drinks with you.|
|Changing rooms||OPEN||Limited numbers, come ready changed if possible, access to showers only if necessary, bags left in car to keep room clear.|
|Juniors' Sailing Group||CLOSED||Buddy sailing with dinghy hire available for Youth helms with RYA Stage 3 or above.|
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).
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.
No buddy sailing on Saturday 6th June due to high winds. Windsurfing is still allowed but no dinghy sailing. Sunday 7th is a much better day so please sail on Sunday this weekend.
Please note that the club is closed again this weekend due to the forecast bad weather. There will be no duty team on Sunday.
Unfortunately Saturday 15th also looks like being a write-off so we are not able to recommend buddy sailing on as an alternative this week.
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.
View all photos (courtesy of Mike Wilkie)
Join us for an evening of food, fun and freedom to welcome members old and new to the club, on Saturday 21 August from 5pm. The bar will be open and a hot buffet served, accompanied by live music from 5pm.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
The 2021 CSSC Dinghy Championships were held over the weekend of 26– 27 June at Littleton Sailing Club. Separate rookie and championships fleets enabled a range of participants to take part from Littleton youth sailors and racing newbies, through to experienced dinghy racers.
Conditions were dry for Saturday’s races with light winds, however Sunday saw more challenging conditions with gusts up to 22mph.
A determined Senna Hillier-Davis triumphed in the rookie fleet, despite only having started sailing when she joined the Littleton Juniors in April 2021.
Whilst in the championship fleet, Cameron Currie won the trophy for best single handed sailor in his Laser, achieving a second place finish in the first 5 races and grabbing victory in the last race. Mika Colombi was delighted to retain the Junior Cup as the best placed youth sailor, achieving 3rd position overall in his racing Optimist.
Congratulations to Dan Goodman and Debbie Clark, who retained their trophy convincingly with the overall win in their RS200, finishing all but one of the 6 races in first position. The CSSA team trophy, the ‘Littleton Bell’, was won by Littleton Sailing Club.
The participants enjoyed a hearty championship dinner on Saturday night, with musical accompaniment by Lance Jones and a quiz. Their efforts were further rewarded with a prize giving afternoon tea on Sunday, where trophies and certificates were presented by Wendy Eley, Group Operations Director at Civil Service Sports Council.
Thanks to all the volunteers involved in helping to make the event such a success and a special thank you to Andrew Selves for making it happen.
We have new caterers, Elle and Keeley running the LSC galley cafe at weekends and on Thursday evenings. Both cash and card payments are welcome.
There is a one-way system to access the galley, please use the internal stairs to go up and then exit via the balcony and back down the outside steps.
Inside tables are available but these will be limited, so please follow the rule of 6 or 2 households at any single table if you sit inside.
The bar area can now be opened where possible. The same rule of 6 or 2 households per table will need to be observed in the bar area.
Have you thought about trying dinghy sailing or getting back into it? If you are wondering what it is like or if you would like to join our club, then this is your chance. Come and experience our hospitality and facilities and get out on the water for a first-hand experience on our lovely inland lake. All visitors are welcome on Saturday 17 July, 1-5pm.
Dinghy sailing tasters at our Open Day
Littleton Sailing Club welcomes adults and families to book a taster sail. You will set sail in one of our 2-person training boats, with an experienced club sailor at the helm. Your experienced helm will show you the ropes and even let you take the helm if the weather is suitable. Parents and their children will be paired together in a boat for a family taster sail to help you start a new family activity. Included in your ticket is a drink and light snack for when you come off the water.
There are three pre-bookable sessions for adults and families:
Session 1: 13:30
Session 2: 14:30
Session 3: 15:30
What to Wear for a 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 RYA Level 1&2 adult training courses during the year. The dates for this year’s adult courses are:
- Aug 7/8, Aug 14,15
- Sep 4/5, Sep 11/12
For children our Juniors’ Sailing Group aims to introduce youngsters to sailing with their parent or guardian, enhancing their skills and having fun as they progress through the junior fleet of boats.
With the Government Guidelines relaxing on Monday (17th) allowing more indoor activities, we can relax the use of the clubhouse slightly. People can now sit indoors but the rule of 6 or 2 households on any one table applies.
- We have new caterers starting on Saturday 22nd so the galley will be open on Saturdays and Sundays. Elle and Keeley and keen to start so please be sure to introduce yourself to them when you see them. Timing of their opening will be announced as the new team develop their offering to us.
- The ground floor entry is now via either door i.e.no longer a ground floor one-way system. Please don’t linger in the lobby, and be aware of other people, keeping your distance.
- There will be a one-way system to access the galley. Please use the internal stairs to go up and then exit via the balcony and outside steps.
- Inside tables are available but these will be limited, so please follow the rule of 6 or 2 households at any single table if you sit inside.
- The bar area can now be opened and subject to that, open drinks can be purchased. The same rule of 6 per table will need to be observed as well.
- 2 handed sailing for people from different households is now permitted. Please minimise prolonged (very) close proximity.
- The changing rooms are open. Please keep your distance and change quickly to minimise numbers. Please continue to change at home if possible.
- If you hire a club boat, then only one family or bubble to use the boat on that day. Washdown buckets are available if you want to use these but it is no longer a requirement to wash down.
- Do not come to the club if you have symptoms, get a test.
- The club will continue to monitor the situation and make appropriate alterations as further changes in the guidelines develop. This could be either way!
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.
To book onto one of our dinghy sailing taster sessions click on one of the dates below and follow the instructions.
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.
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 registration is now open for competitors.
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!
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.