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!
Contact: Jamie Whittle
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.
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.
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.
Waldringfield Sailing Club was one of the first clubs in the UK to adopt the OK Dinghy. They are on a resurgence, both in the UK and worldwide. Waldringfield also benefits from having a local boatbuilder in Synergy Marine.
With a relatively low draft the OK is the ideal boat for sailing at Waldringfield – great at short-tacking up the shore and lightweight for pulling up the ramp. Anyone wishing to try an International OK at the club should contact class captain, Robert Deaves, to arrange a test sail.
The RS200 is an exciting new class at Waldringfield suited to adult, older junior or adult/junior combinations. Invited to participate in 2015, the club now has six 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. 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.
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.
WSC has a new racing class for 2017 – the 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 separately!
Toppers will be particularly welcomed in the new fortnightly Saturday morning “fun” sailing sessions starting from the 6th May, catering specifically for those who are not yet inclined towards racing, with the expectation that some of these sailors will filter through to racing as the season progresses.
In the meantime Toppers already have the opportunity to race in all club racing series and events, being allocated the third start in the club’s routine start sequence, but until we have built up a critical mass of Toppers berthed at the club it may be best to liaise first, and all focus on the same dates to maximise the camaraderie and fun.
We will initially communicate via a group email – so please send your email address if you would like to be included in this group – and also, for those who “do” Facebook, via the Facebook group “WSC Toppers”.
We also have some new loan/demo Toppers, so if you would like to try out a Topper please contact the class captain, Chris Woodard, to arrange a test sail.
Contact: Chris Woodard
firstname.lastname@example.org / 07721 093888
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.