Racing Classes

Cadet

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The International Cadet is a small two person dinghy, with spinnaker, sailed by kids up to the age of 17. It’s an excellent training and racing boat which has been a proving ground for future Olympic champions. The Cadet is a great boat to start sailing in – come and join in!

Dragonfly

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The Dragonfly is the jewel of the Deben. The boat was built for the Waldringfield Sailing Club in the late 1940’s and over a fifteen year period 45 boats were build to a classic clinker-built design.

The class is very active and full of fun.

Lark

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The Lark fleet at Waldringfield Sailing Club was established in the mid 1980’s and has remained one of the club’s strongest fleets throughout. We are also one of the largest and most competitive Lark fleets in the country.  Currently we have a club-owned Lark that can be borrowed by anyone interested in trying a Lark, which is a great way to get started.

Contact:Harry Pynn
harry@harrypynn.com

Laser

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The Laser fleet at WSC is an active race fleet with good turnouts on both Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.  Standard rig, Laser Radials and 4.7s all feature.  Saturday racing is around compact courses with plenty of mark rounding. This helps keep the fleet together and provides plenty to talk about back onshore.  We run several initiatives aimed at the novice and intermediate Laser sailors. These range from informal rigging and boat handling discussions in the dinghy park to regular Saturday morning training sessions.

The club has two Lasers that can be hired for the club racing or training events to help introduce sailors to the class and to try a Laser, details on Club Boats page

The fleet actively seeks and welcome new sailors seeking to join an active racing class catering for a range of abilities. Please make feel free to make contact with any enquiries or questions.

Contact: Clive Quantrill
07851 028110
caq101@icloud.com

RS200

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The RS200 is its third year and Waldringfield and will be a fully adopted class from 2018. The RS200 is suited to adult, older junior or adult/junior combinations. The Club now has fifteen boats actively club racing on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. Visitors are welcome and RS200s race in the Easter Egg, Regatta and Cartoon open meetings.  The Easter Egg open in 2018 will count towards the RS200 Eastern Travellers series. Please get in touch if you’re thinking about sailing your RS200 at Waldringfield or are new to the class and would like to have a go.

Contact: Robin Parsons
robinprs8@gmail.com

Squib

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The Squib is a 6 metre racing keelboat. It can be sailed by a wide range of crews of different weights and sizes, and it can be towed behind a medium sized car. With the cockpit comfort of a yacht and the handling of a dinghy, it is well-suited to river and sea sailing.

The Squib is an “East Coast” boat, originally designed by Oliver Lee in 1968 at Burnham- on-Crouch. Squibs have been sailed every season since 1970 here at Waldringfield.

Topper

The Topper is a lightweight single-handed one-design dinghy, easily rigged and with very simple sail controls (and built from polypropylene and therefore virtually indestructible!). The recommended weight range for Juniors is around 45-65kg, with a smaller 4.2 sail available for lighter sailors or windier conditions!  For adults, ability and confidence are more relevant than weight.

The principal reason for adopting Toppers is to give our Junior members a single-handed option, to complement the existing double-handed option of Cadets.  But the Topper is not just for youngsters, it is also a great boat for adults who are not heavy enough, or strong enough, to feel confident in a Laser Radial.  Juniors and Adults will race together, but their results will be scored

If you would like to race a Topper or arrange to try sailing one please contact the class captain, Julian Rains.

Contact: Julian Rains
jules_rains@hotmail.com / 07585 770792

Wayfarer

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The Wayfarer fleet at Waldringfield Sailing Club was established over 25 years ago and has gone from strength to strength. The club has a large fleet of racing Wayfarers and encourages a competitive but friendly environment for racing.

Waldringfield is not just about racing and with its location on picturesque River Deben it is well suited to those who do not wish to race but just cruise this wonderful river.