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Frequently asked questions

Who runs the club?

The club is run by its members on a voluntary basis.  Members are expected to support the Club in several ways including operating the safety boats, start and time the races, maintaining the club property and running the galley (kitchen).  The Club provides all necessary training. 

Is WiSH Sailing Club affiliated to a National Body?

Yes. We are affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) which is the national body that represents sailing and other water sports. We subscribe to their standards.

Do I need to be able to sail?

No. There are two ways in which you can start sailing.  You can learn to sail by joining our Beginners’ Course (click here to find out more) or by crewing for an experienced helm. Of course, you also can join as a non-sailing member.


Do I need a boat?

No. Once you have demonstrated proficiency as a helm, for example by gaining a Level 2 RYA certificate through our Beginners’ Course, you will be able to borrow a club boat.  Many members then decide which type of boat they most enjoy sailing and go on to purchase their own craft.

Is sailing expensive?

Not if you do not want it to be. Like most things, it can be as expensive as you want. Some boats cost thousands of pounds, but other members have just as much fun in an old boat costing a few hundred pounds or even less. If you crew for someone, you could even get away with the tea or coffee at the end of the day.

When do we sail?

There is a full year-round programme of racing and non-racing sailing, as well as the Beginners’ Course.  Further details can be found in our Calendar pages

Do I need to be able to swim?

It is not a Club rule that members must be able to swim, although it is strongly recommended.

It is a Club rule that all dinghy sailors must always wear buoyancy aids when on or near the water.

Do I have to go racing?

No. The Club welcomes racers and non-racers.  Non-racers are welcome on Monday evenings at our Free and Easy Sail and during all race times provided they sail away from the race area.  There is always rescue boat cover on these occasions.

Still want to know more?

You are welcome to visit the club during any sailing events to watch what goes on and speak to members.

How do I join?

All the details are on the Membership page.

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