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Monthly Archives: August 2017


Rutland 18 Foot Skiffs

Last weekend was the UK 18ft Skiff Nationals in Plymouth and two Rutland teams made their way down to have a crack at the national title. Tom Hill and his usual crew of Mark Kudlinski and Michael Andrew head down in their newly refurbished grey skiff with striking union jack cockpit under the team name “Rutland”. They are still owners of their old white skiff they have trained in at the club over the many years. This skiff was taken down by Anthony Chapman and his scratch crew of Josh Wilce and Matt Hollis sailing under the name of “AC Boatworks”. Neither had sailed trapeze boats in a while and neither had stepped foot on an 18 before- what could possibly go wrong!

The first day’s racing was a windy one, so boats were on the smaller of their two rigs. Ant, Josh and Matt had a lot to learn very quickly, but definitely didn’t embarrass themselves getting in front of skiffs that had been sailing together for many years before. Tom, Mark and Mike had moments of brilliance at the front of the fleet, but seem to be attracted to buoys and other boats and threw away impressive leads to end with an average day.

The second day was less windy but nonetheless excitingly breezy for the big rigs, which both teams launched. Rutland had a great day, finding some quick settings in the new boat. AC Boatworks also coped in the breeze with everyone surprised that Matt on the bow said he “actually quite enjoyed today” – a far cry from his comments the day before, something about “never stepping into one of those things again”.

The final day was much lighter, but the scorecard was looking incredibly tight, with both Rutland teams on joint points sitting on the bottom two steps of the podium. This meant the boats seemed to find themselves sailing against each other and ignoring the rest of the fleet. The teams both took a race ahead of the other, but after discards came in, Ant and his team on AC Boatworks slipped in front, finishing third overall and Tom and the team on Rutland a single point behind in fourth.

Both teams had an awesome time over the weekend and look forward to getting to the final events in the calendar this year.


Published Date: 21st August 2017
Category: News



Thursday Night Club Racing

Don’t get caught short!


From Thursday 24th August, Club racing will start at 18:30.

The water is still warm, but the nights are drawing in. 


See you on the water!



Published Date: 20th August 2017
Category: News



Vacancy for Site Assistant

Rutland Sailing Club is looking to recruit a Site Assistant who will help with the maintenance of the Club’s equipment, buildings and grounds.

This is a full-time role involving weekends.  Week-day working could be tailored to suit the right applicant.  Duties include launching and recovery of boats as well as general site maintenance.

Salary range:  c. £15,600 – £17,500 pa

Please ring Matthew Lea, 01780 720292 or email, outlining your experience and background. 


Published Date: 17th August 2017
Category: News



Club Championships

Sailing Instructions Club Championships


Published Date: 12th August 2017
Category: News



Keelboat Open Day

This doesn’t happen every day!

Ever fancied sailing a Keelboat?

Don’t miss this opportunity to take part in a free demo sail with some of the Club’s experienced sailors.

19th and 20th August 2017

To reserve your place, please call the office:
01780 720 292

More information here


Published Date: 11th August 2017
Category: News