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Club Sailing and Racing

This page contains useful information for members.

Opening Times

Note that sailing is at members’ own risk.

Sailing times are from half an hour after sunrise until half an hour before sunset.

Fully paid up members can receive a gate pass on payment of a deposit, to enable them to gain access on any day of the year except for Christmas Day.

Opening times vary according to the season but the main gate is opened at 8.30 each morning. There is a board at the gate displaying the time at which the gate will be closed. During winter, the gates may be locked as early as 5pm but in summer they are usually open until 6pm and until 11pm on Thursday evenings after Club racing.

A gate key may be issued on payment of a deposit for those who wish to be on site later. However, members need to be aware that the Clubhouse and facilities will be locked.

There is a rescue facility at weekends and on Thursday evenings from the middle of April until the middle of September.

During the winter months, members are asked to inform the Boatswain if they are going out on the water.

The office is normally open every day except Tuesday and Wednesday.

Typical Weekly Activities

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Tuesday 10:00: Ladies who launch    
Thursday 10:00: Sailability   19:00: Club racing
Friday 10:00: Ladies who launch
10:30: Senior Sailing
  18:00: Cygnets junior sailing
18:00 Steak Night to 2045 hrs
Saturday 10:00: Sailability 13:00: Junior Racing
12:00: Briefing for:
 Keelboat racing at 13:00
14:00: Saturday Social Sailing
Sunday 11:00: Club racing
10:00: Cygnets junior sailing
14:00: Team racing
   (meet by the Fireflies)

Club racing and Weather

Information about club racing can be found here.

Current and forecast weather and a webcam view of the shore is here.

The Club uses the Great Lakes Portsmouth Yardstick numbers for handicap racing, these can be found here.

Members of the Club are always welcome to take part in Open Meetings – typically national and international regattas and competitions – that are held at the Club.  This gives club members the opportunity to sail with top sailors from around the country. Members do not have to pay the part of the fee for these meetings that is retained by Rutland Sailing Club – a part of the fee may go to the organising authority such as the class association or charity – and that will still have to be paid by members. However, in many cases, the fee will be substantially reduced, if not free for members.   More info

This fee waiver applies to:

  • All Club Members (including honorary LIFE members)
  • All members of a family that has family membership
  • All Junior members (although there may be age restriction on joining the Open Meeting)
  • Individual Members

More information about Open meetings that are coming up is available here



Club Pro and Social Sailing

“Club Pro” events support and complement racing and training. If you need some pleasant informal coaching in company then these may be for you:

“Senior Sailing” is also available on Fridays – contact Bob Smith for more details. 

Book your own duties

Information about booking your own duties can be found here.



Various documents, mainly of interest to club members are available here.

Council Members Area

This area contains papers for Council members and is password protected.

Minutes of Council are posted on the noticeboard in the clubhouse after each meeting.