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Renting Club Sailing Dinghies

Renting during the Covid-19 Pandemic [NEW]

The Club has had to introduce additional precautions in order to comply with the UK Regulations and Guidance. You can read our full risk assessment and see the control measures we have put in place here. The key changes are:

  • All renters will need to be "Covid" approved to rent a specific type of boat. You won't be able to rent a boat until this has happened.
  • This will mean reading the "Terms & Conditions" and when you are happy signing the digital Form to confirm that you understand and accept all the obligations of renting
  • You will need to do this for each type of Club dinghy (see below).
  • You must only touch the specific boat you have rented and you must not let people from outside your household touch the boat or its equipment
  • And before and after use, you must wash or sanitise your hands
  • If anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms or is shielding you should not use the boat (your rental will be refunded)
  • After you have finished using the boat, the Club will place it in "quarantine" for a minimum of 72 hours so it will not be available to anyone. So if you wish to use it for (say) two successive days make sure you include both days in your booking.

You can download the new "Covid-19" Approved User Form here.

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). Oli Bonar has produced an excellent video on "How to rig a Zest".

RS Fevas

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

Members of WWSC are able to book any of our Club sailing dinghies using the "Book Online" facility on this website.

If you want to use the boat for 2 or more successive days, please be sure to book each day as the boats will be placed in "quarantine" for 72 hours after each booking. To make a booking you will need first to become a Covid "Approved User" in the appropriate type of boat [NB see above]. This involves attending a short, socially-distanced, shore-based induction session (to learn about the boats and satisfy the Club you will look after them and sail them safely) as explained in the revised Renting Club Dinghies (Covid) Terms & Conditions so you are covered by the Club's insurance. Some, more experienced, members may be able to satisfy the Club of their competence to use the boats without a face-to-face induction in which case a telephone induction will be substituted. However all members must return a digitally signed Approved User Form.

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 Renting Club Dinghies (Covid).

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 09:54 on 24 December 2020

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