Marconi Sailing Club is fortunate enough to have a number of club owned sailing dinghies. The club dinghies are available for members to use providing there is safety cover afloat for the duration of their use, which makes them ideal to borrow to join in club racing, sail training activities or any of the many organised club sailing activities. Or just to take out for a gentle sail whilst these activities are underway.
The Wayfarers are also able to used when:
- At least two dinghies are operating in a manner to offer mutual support.
- Each dinghy is manned by at least one over 18 member of suitable experience for the intended activity.
- Both helms have a VHF radio on their person, not just stored in the boat.
- Someone ashore at MSC knows their intended sailing area and is expecting them back and is able to provide or summon assistance if required. (This could be the OOD if one is on duty and they are prepared to offer this service, although this should not be an expectation). Ideally a RIB should be prepared by those sailing and left ready to launch at the top of the hard, with the radio on.
Currently MSC does not charge for the use of these boats and they are available on a first come first served basis. The exception to this is on sail training days and cadet week, when the boats are reserved for these activities.
If you borrow one of the club dinghies and find something is not as it should be please report this to Dave Clarke contact details are in the hand book, alternatively please make an entry in the club log book in the entrance way.
The single handed mono-hull dinghies can be found in the dinghy field nearest to the club and between the central pathway and the road, or at the end of the Wayfarer section alongside the access road, which is were you will find the two handed boats. The club boats are clearly labelled as club boats.
The club also owns a Dart/Sprint 15 catamaran which can be found in the cat field.
The spars, sails and foils which are not kept with the boats, can be found in the boat equipment store.
If you would like to use one of these boats and you can not find what you are looking for, one of the following people should be able to help you.
- Pat Shaw (Rear Commodore Sailing)
- Dave Clarke (Club Dinghy Bosun)
- Rob Bard (Handicap Fleet Captain)
- Lee Harrison (Catamaran Fleet Captain)
- Tom Clayton (Sailing Secretary)
List of club owned dinghies
Single Handed Mono-Hull
- Optimist — sail no. 2673 (wooden boat in blue)
- Optimist — sail no. 2326 (fibre glass boat in Red and White)
- Pico — sail no. 6884
- Pico — sail no. 8128
- Topper — sail no. 14044
- Topper — sail no. 46420
- Laser — sail no.?????
- Laser — sail no.61234
- Laser — sail no. 144605
Two Handed Mono-Hull
- Comet Duo– sail no.87
- Topper Sport 14– sail no.510
- Wayfarer Harley Mk4 (Asymmetric Spinnaker)
- Wayfarer Harley Mk4 (Conventional Spinnaker)
In addition to this the club has access to three Topaz 14 catamarans which are owned by UKCRA (United Kingdom Catamaran Racing Association) which can be borrowed by cadets.
These boats are not suitable for use by adults, unless you are very small, as they are designed for light crews. These boats are also available to be borrowed by cadets for club racing, so if you are looking for something different to your usual sail and are up to the task, then why not give one a go.
The Optimist dinghy is a small single handed children’s boat
The Pico is a small single handed, tough plastic, fun boat ideal for learning to sail, providing you are reasonably agile and don’t mind get wet. It can also be sailed by two people by adding the optional jib, don’t expect to set any records in this mode though.
Great little single handed race boat ideal for children or very small adults, has all the same controls as a Laser but it wont chuck you in as quickly or as often when you get it wrong, also a tough plastic boat that can with stand a few bumps. The perfect boat to begin your racing career in.
(All of our Lasers are rigged with a 4.7 rig, other rigs are available if you swap the rig over please return it to 4.7 configuration)
Lasers are “the” single handed race boat. An Olympic class boat sailed all over the world by literally hundreds of thousands of sailors. You can probably find more written about sailing this class of boat than any other sailing boat.
Our boats are all usually rigged to sail in 4.7 configuration which is the smallest sail and probably the best rig for the boat from a boat handling perspective and certainly from a handicap perspective (its not sailed by sailors who might be competing in the Olympics so the PY returns are more favourable). However if you are feeling ambitious, we do have Radial rigs available (Ladies Olympic Class) and if you are well over six foot and a hulking muscle man or just fancy sailing the boat in ultra slow mode on its side, we even have a Full rig or two (Mens Olympic class).
Comet Duo– sail no.87
The Comet Duo is an extremely versatile dinghy, equally suitable for racing, cruising and training. Roomy enough
for 3 adults or a small family yet light enough to be sailed single-handed.
If you want a simple to sail no fuss boat with everything you need for two (or maybe more) then the comet duo would be a great choice.
Topper Sport 14– sail no.510
This a super boat, with a powerful rig and asymmetric spinnaker. Its a comparatively modern design but not quite state of the art, making it reasonably tough but with a reasonable turn of speed should you push the boat in that direction. A great boat for a day sail and an even better boat to race. Designed to be a competitive and fun club racing boat.
Dart/Sprint 15 — sail no. 1033
The clubs Dart/Sprint 15 is a super boat, ideal to use to join in the clubs fleet racing activities, we have a growing number of these boats at the club and plenty of help and advice is available from this friendly fleet.