Renting Club Sailing Dinghies
Suitability of Club rental boats for different ages and sizes
The club now has 10 SailQubes (or equivalents) - a design based on the International Optimist but simpler and more robust. The Optimist is the world's biggest junior class and is most suitable for sailors between 6 and 12 years old but is sailed fully competitively up to 14 or 15 years old. At the 2016 Olympics, 85% of medallists started competing in an Optimist.
The Club has 3 Toppers which are a very popular boat with club juniors aged 10-16. Toppers are robust and used as fun boats as well as being raced seriously at a high level. A Topper's sail area makes it unsuitable for younger or smaller children who are learning to sail - they would be much better suited to a SailQube or Oppie.
RS Zests and Pico
The Club has 2 RS Zests which are a more modern version of the Laser Pico which the Club also owns. The RS Zest and Pico can be sailed with a crew of one or two people and can be sailed with or without a jib or foresail. They are larger than a Topper and so suitable for those who find a Topper somewhat cramped. They are not suitable for young children (i.e. those between 6 and 12).
Our 3 RS Fevas are double-handers which are a design of boat aimed at teenagers who want to learn the skills of sailing a crewed boat and may want to take up racing. RS Fevas are raced extensively across the UK at a high level and have an asymmetric spinnaker (sometimes called a gennaker) which may or may not be used depending on experience. It is possible to sail them as singlehanders, in which case the jib may not be rigged although a forestay to support the mast will need to be rigged.
Online Booking (NB Booking is NOT YET OPEN for 2020)
Members of WWSC are able to book any of our Club sailing dinghies using the "Book Online" facility on this website. To make a booking you will need first to become an "Approved User" in the appropriate type of boat. This involves attending a short, shore-based induction session (to learn about the boats and satisfy the Club you will look after them and sail them safely) and also sign the Form needed to ensure you understand the Club Dinghy T&Cs (V1.0) and will be covered by the Club's insurance. Unfortunately WWSC cannot rent boats to non-members.
On days when the Club is using the boats for official training you will not be able to make a "private" booking. and you will see they are all marked as "booked". On these days the club will allocate the boats to members on the training who have requested use of a Club dinghy. So, if you are using a Club boat during a Club training event you do not need to reserve a boat yourself.
A step-by-step online booking guide is included as an Appendix at the end of the Club Dinghy T&Cs (V1.0).
Cost of Renting
SailQubes or Oppies or Toppers cost just £12 per day. While for the Pico, Zests or Fevas we charge £15 per day. This is great value and covers insurance, harbour plaques and maintenance. If you want to try out sailing before buying, this is a great way to do it!
Using your rented Club Dinghy
Please note that 2 of our new SailQubes do NOT have their own launching trolleys. So in order to transfer one of these boats between the car park and the Hard, you should use one of the trolleys under the other SailQubes. Please make sure the launching trolley you "borrow" is a WWSC one and does not belong to another member! Also, please remember to return the trolley to the boat from which you borrowed it after use. Generally we ask members to respect our boats and look after them carefully.
If you have any queries or want to arrange to become an approved user please email the
Club Dinghy Administrator
Last updated 12:58 on 30 January 2020