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Frequently Asked Questions

Who runs the club?

The members elect a “Council” to run the club, which is chaired by the Commodore and assisted by a Vice-Commodore and three Rear-Commodores. All members are asked to help out for at least two days per year, for example with starting and timing races, or helping with safety or welcoming visitors. The club employs professional staff including office staff, boatswains, cleaners, catering and bar staff, and those in the sailing school and chandlery.

Is Rutland 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 watersports. We subscribe to their standards. Through the RYA, we are recognised as:

  • an “On Board Club” aimed at introducing sailing and windsurfing as a sport for young people aged 8-18.
  • An RYA Training Centre for Dinghies, Keelboats, Multihulls, Powerboats, and for specialist courses such as First Aid and VHF radio courses.
  • An international test centre

Do I need to be able to sail?

No. The Club’s Sailing School trains members each year and people are always looking for crew if you wish to jump straight in.

Of course you can join as a social member but as the majority of our members regularly sail you are likely to soon want to join in

Do I need a boat?

No. There are always people looking for crew whether on dinghies or cruisers – just contact the office. If you are new to sailing it is normally best to crew for someone so you can see which boats you like sailing.

The Sailing School will hire boats to members as well as equipment such as buoyancy aids.

Is sailing expensive?

Boats vary in price from a few hundred pounds to many thousands – and fun is not necessarily related to price!  Our adult individual membership is less than 70p per day and membership for the whole family comes in at 85p per day. Day sailing booklet 2017

When can I sail?

You can sail during daylight hours, 364 days per year although safety cover is only available at weekends or when races are organised.

Regular club racing takes place on Thursday evenings for most of the year and there’s also club racing on Saturdays and Sundays.

Social racing is also organised through the Sailing School.

Races are organized (with safety cover for dinghies) at the following times:

The main sailing season runs from April to October but we even have racing on Boxing Day!

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 sailors must wear buoyancy aids at all times when on the water or on the pontoons.

Do I have to go racing?

No. We have an active racing scene but many of our members simply join the club as they enjoy cruising on the lake

Do I need to be nominated by an existing Club member?

No – once you’ve joined we’ll give you an information pack and can put you in touch with fleet captains who will help you to get to know your way around.

Do I need to be interviewed, approved by, or talk to the committee to join?

Definitely not, we do not require any formal letters, presentations or interviews to join the Club – we are open to all.

My children would like to learn to sail – can we join as a family?

You certainly can – and we have a great sailing scene for youth and younger sailors. Our Sailing School has training for all ages.

What’s the social side of the Club like, or is it just all about sailing?

We have a great social side to the Club and we have members from many and varied professions and backgrounds. Much of the social side is organised through our fleets. After racing on Thursday evenings, many members stay behind for dinner and Friday night is “steak night” (also suitable for vegetarians!) We have many talks and dinners during the year.

I am a serious racer, is Rutland the club for me?

Definitely.  We have an active club racing scene with some members at a national level.  We also run more that 20 “open” competitions and regattas each year.  Many of our race officers are qualified to National Race Officer standard by the RYA.

Can I try before I buy?

If you would like to join us for a drink and talk to someone about the Club you are welcome to do that any time. Just call us on 01780 720292 or email We can arrange a time for you to come to the Club and see what it is all about. If you would like to try out sailing and find out what it is like to sail at the Rutland, just ask and we will arrange a taster session.

I quite like the sound of the Club, but can I talk to someone before I join?

Absolutely, we are more than happy to answer any questions you have either in person at the Club, over the phone on 01780 720292 or email

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.