An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Friday, repeating indefinitely
Every Tuesday and Friday 10 – 12.30, ( Friday only in November December and January)
Ladies Who Launch meet every Tuesday and Friday 10 – 12.30, ( Friday only in November December and January) it’s a group of ladies who meet and sail, with an instructor on hand running sessions to improve your boat handling, and general sailing. They also sail all year round and meet socially in the winter, if there not sailing. This is a great way to meet other like minded ladies.
Cost is £15 for a non member using our boats, £12 for a member using our boats or £8 for a member using there own boat.
Fiona MacDonald, group spokeswoman, explains:
“LWL was initially aimed at mums and based around group support and sociability. It was important it wasn’t formal lessons as ladies tend to tense up and worry about getting things wrong. It had to be relaxed and fun. We owe a huge amount to Rutland Sailing School, firstly in helping us get started and then leading the sessions ever since.
“The group make-up has evolved as it rapidly became obvious retirees were amongst the main regulars, the best story being a 70-year-old lady who enjoyed canal boating and saw a LWL poster on the church noticeboard so turned up to have a go. Now we have a real mix of schoolgirls, mums, ladies working part-time, professionals who come on days off and teachers in school holidays plus retirees.”
The social side is a huge part of LWL’s success, including after-session buffets, walks, organised pub lunches, and even weekends yachting in the Solent.
After each session one of the sailors writes a blog, sent by email to all 125 women on the group’s mailing list and posted on their Facebook page. This keeps everyone up-to-date so they feel they can just drop in to a session when they can.
Now the group enjoys a huge range of experience, with many women owning their own boats and fully involved in Rutland club life including racing and undertaking various volunteer roles.
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