Informal race coaching from 5th November


Our regular informal Sunday morning coaching sessions are starting again on 5th November 2017 Check the calendar each week as we rely on experienced volunteers. The idea is to create an environment where less experienced of less confident sailors can practice and develop their skills.

Any competent young & novice sailor is welcome – i.e. someone who has completed RYA Stage 3 for youth or RYA Level 2 for adults. We also welcome anyone who has not quite completed these, but feels confident with sailing in the conditions on the day.

The plan is:

9.30:  Arrive and rig a boat, so that we can get on the water by 10.

10-11: Coaching. It is not a formal RYA course. The coaching will be run by a few experienced sailors, who will provide safety cover.

11.30:  Possibility of participating in club race. The races will be run by the usual OOD/AOD/SBH team who will provide safety cover. We are looking at asking OODs to organise novice starts if there are enough people interested.

Participants use their own boats or hire club boats (double or single handed). A few points to note:

1. Responsibility for young sailors remains with their parents, who must be on site.
2. If you use a club boat please fill in a form, pay the usual fee and report any  faults
3. You will need to put away your own boat.

If you have any queries/questions please email

Christmas Colouring Competition

We are running the Christmas Tree Competition again this year.  We thought it would be great if the children of Dorchester Sailing Club either decorate a small sail boat to put on the tree or decorate a large sailboat to make into Garlands to go around the walls.  There will be a box in the sailing cub with the sailboats in or you can download either one by clicking here for the tree decoration and here for the garland . If you download them can you please use card and also please don’t make the boats any bigger or smaller than they are so they will fit nicely on the tree or garland.

Only ONE entry per child either a tree sailboat or garland sailboat, if you’re not happy with the one you have made you can take it home and enter a new one. Once you’ve got your boat you can bring your own things to decorate it at the club or take it home with you and bring it back when you have finished it. You can decorate them anyway you want to, you can also add stuff to them as well.

We are going to give out prizes for the best ones from each age group at the Christmas Pudding Race so don’t forget to put your name and age on the back and return it NO later than 11am on the day of the Christmas pudding race, Sunday 17th December. If you know you won’t be at the club on that day then please put your parents email address on the back so we can let you know if you win. When you have finished your boat you can put it in the box provided in the club house. If the tree is up then you can put it onto the tree yourself if you want to. If you have decorated a Garland put it in the box and we will put them onto the garland for you.

The age groups are 0-3years, 4-6years, 7-10years, 11-14years and 15-18years. Have loads of fun and we can’t wait to see all the lovely entries.  T=You could win one of these prizes…

If you have any questions or problems you can email Kim McLaughlin:

Dan Batty shines at Topper Worlds

More success for Dorchester’s young sailors as Dan Batty finished the Topper Worlds in 17th place out of 156 boats, making him one of the best placed members of the British National squad.

This week sees 3 young Dorchester ladies at the Laser 4.7 nationals (after only one day’s rest from the NSSA) and next week Dan is back in action at the Topper Nationals.

Dorchester young sailors at National Schools regatta

5 Dorchester sailors competed as part of the Oxfordshire team at the National Schools Sailing Association National regatta this week. Completing 11 races over 5 days they took 4th, 8th, 10th and 17th in the 34 strong Laser 4.7 fleet and 13th in Rookie Toppers. An important contribution to what may be Oxfordshire’s best result in years.

Dorchester Win Thames Shield

Congratulations to the Dorchester team on winning the Thames Shield in a series of races against Abingdon and Henley sailing clubs. Just a few of the team are pictured above. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to make the day such a success.