TRAINING - 2021
at The Welsh Harp Sailing Club
We run RYA dinghy, windsurfing, powerboat and children's courses, see the currently planned courses here.
We have qualified instructors, modern boats and boards, buoyancy aids, wetsuits, wind and water - all we need is YOU!
Our usual activities are detailed below so that you can keep sail training in mind for more normal times.
Outside the training season for dinghy sailing, we welcome new members with sailing experience and run Plain Sailing improver sessions through to early December.
Perfect for beginners to learn to sail – instruction from friendly volunteers in modern 2-handed dinghies (GP14s - see image below).
All you need is a change of clothes, a towel and soft shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. We provide everything else you need. There will even be a hot meal available when you come off the water.
You would not need to book ahead for tasters - just turn up from 6pm. We normally would sail until dusk and the amount of time you get on the water will vary according to weather and the number of people wanting to go out. Taster sessions are normally 30-45 minutes, with two people + an instructor in the boat and provide a taste of dinghy sailing, the club and the Welsh Harp.
Windsurfing on the Welsh Harp is run by a welcoming team of friendly and enthusiastic volunteer instructors and member helpers. We offer free training to members on Thursday evenings from 6pm, usually from mid-May to early September. (Please check the Windsurfing page for current dates.) This training is primarily aimed at getting members to a suitable standard so they can be checked out to use club equipment outside of organised sessions.
To progress further we offer RYA courses and clinics at extra cost. These will be run occasionally at weekends subject to demand and instructor availability.
The Thursday evening Windsurfing Training and Taster sessions are open to Adults and Juniors aged from 16 years who can windsurf with a parent/guardian. The Windsurfing Team do not Instruct Juniors under 16 years. Attendance of Juniors under 16 years with windsurfing experience will be considered at the discretion of a Senior Instructor and they must have a Windsurfing parent or guardian with them at all times and themselves be able to windsurf already. To discuss this further please email firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN AND YOUNG SAILORS
Thursdays are a fun, social opportunity for those aged 8-16 to get out on the water.
We run taster sessions for non-members and fun based training sessions for our Junior members so they can develop their confidence in sailing through a mixture of training and lots of games, all led by RYA qualified instructors. We have a great range of youth boats to try out - Oppies, Teras, Toppers, Picos and Fevas
Once children got the basics they can join the Saturday morning club for to improve skills and enjoy 'time on the water'. And once the racing bug bites, there's our Tera Squad, competing at regional and national level.
The Windsurfing Training and Taster sessions are open to Juniors aged from 16 years who can windsurf with a parent/guardian. The Windsurfing Team do not Instruct Juniors under 16 years. Attendance of Juniors under 16 years with windsurfing experience will be considered at the discretion of a Senior Instructor and they must have a Windsurfing parent or guardian with them at all times and themselves be able to windsurf already. To discuss this further please email email@example.com
More information click on the children's page
Would take place most Saturday mornings for members who can tack, gybe, sail a triangular course and have successfully completed a capsize recovery. You would need to be changed, with boats rigged and ready for a prompt start at 10 am.
These are practice sessions under supervision – get the time on the water that you need to hone your skills.
All this training is offered FREE to our members by qualified volunteers.
Most of our training takes place in boats for two people - GP14s - but we also offer single-handed sailing in Oppies, Toppers and Picos (for children and youth) and in Lasers for adults and older teenagers. Normally, basic training would be offered on Thursday evenings, and there would also be sessions on Saturday mornings throughout the year when you have some experience (or if you can already sail).
We have 8 Lasers, 4 Picos and any number of Toppers and Oppies.
We are an RYA accredited Sailability Centre and aim to help people of all abilities enjoy club life as much as possible. The clubhouse is fully accessible and our two Hansa Access dinghies are proving popular on Thursday evenings for people of limited mobility or strength. These boats were bought with a grant from the Wembley National Stadium Trust, in conjunction with Phoenix Outdoor Centre, who operate from premises further down the lake. We have accessible facilities and a personnel hoist. Email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further courses that will give you nationally recognized certificates are available to those who wish to progress, at low cost.
The Welsh Harp is a special and environmentally sensitive stretch of water. So we only permitted by our landlords (Canal and River Trust) to use powerboats for the provision of safety cover for our members. To cover all our racing and training activities, we need a good supply of trained powerboat drivers. We offer RYA Level 2 Courses, which provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). Click here for dates, details and booking for any coursed we might be able to offer this year.