Etherow Country Park Sailing Club

Start Racing

Once you have learnt the basics of boat handling and done some practice, the best way to improve your sailing and the pleasure it gives is to join in with the racing.

At its simplest, a race is a group of boats setting off at the same time and following a set course, each going as fast as they can - and the prospect of being involved in that can be daunting. Of course there are rules to make it work better but that can sound scary as well.

When many of our senior sailors started racing (we think Noah had retired a few years before that) they had to buy one of the few books there were and teach themselves.

Nowadays there are special training courses and we offer the RYA Start Racing format at the club. This is delivered by our Training and Development Officers - one a RYA Race Coach and the other a RYA Racing Instructor.

The dates for the course can be found on the Events Page (though they may be adjusted, depending on circumstances).

Next 5 Events
Thu 16 Aug 07:00pm: Summer Thursday 9 (Thursday Night Racing)
Sun 19 Aug 09:15am: Morning Free Sailing (Training/Development)
Sun 19 Aug 01:15pm: Late Summer 7-8 (Sunday Racing)
Thu 23 Aug 07:00pm: Summer Thursday 10 (Thursday Night Racing)
Sun 26 Aug 09:15am: Morning Free Sailing (Training/Development)
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Etherow Country Park Sailing Club is affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association who are the governing body for the sport in the UK