The club’s focus is dinghy racing that takes place on Saturday afternoons (March-November) and Wednesday evenings (May-September). Racing is organised into a number of class fleets. Racing starts at 1320 on a Saturday and 1855 (or 1825 when the nights draw in) on a Wednesday. Racing is competitive but sailors of all abilities are warmly welcome and actively encouraged to join in.
The series racing is interrupted from time-to-time by seven trophy races and three open events. These are usually open to all classes of dinghy with a mixture of handicap and class racing. Read more about the history of the Trophy races and their sailing instructions here (opens in new tab).
If you are new to dinghy racing, please speak to any club officer or more experienced club racer and they will be pleased to show you the ropes.
Social Sailing in 2017 will run regularly on Saturday Mornings and on three Friday evenings. It’s an opportunity for all ages and abilities to get on the water in a non-competitive way. For children there’s Junior Sailing Club and for younger children there’s Pirates and Mermaids. For adults there’s Social Sailing for Adults. All are open to non-members for at least an initial trial. There’s lots of reasons to join in – get some practice, build your experience, get to know other members, find out what sailing at Waldringfield is like, have a bit of fun, warm up for the racing … Dates for these events are on the sailing calendar and details are posted on the website. Use the links above to get more information.
WSC’s famous Easter Egg open meeting caters for all of our dinghy classes along with visiting classes over the Easter weekend. The top finishers in each class are all awarded Easter eggs.
The Cartoon open meeting is held in September for the same classes as the Easter Egg. Some of the cartoons which are awarded to the class winners are by Peyton and Giles.
The WSC Regatta comprises racing and social events for everyone in the club. Along with the usual mix of class and handicap racing there are also the famous shore events which have been a club tradition for many years. More details can be found on the website.
Cadet week is a week-long regatta in the school summer holidays for our junior sailors. Racing takes place in Cadets and Laser Radials. Some of the most hotly contested races are on Wednesday afternoon when we hold the ex-Cadets race, the Old-Gaffers race and the Crew’s race.
Other sailing events
The club regularly hosts open meetings for dinghies such as Lasers, Laser Radials, Cadets, Larks, Wayfarers, OKs. We ask club members to help with the organisation and give a warm welcome to visitors.
Sailing at other times
Safety cover is only provided during organised club events. Members are free to use their own boats at other times but should be aware that safety cover will not be available. While the club changing rooms are accessible at all times, it may not be possible to gain access to the main club room except during club events.
We have limited space available for storing boats in the beach dinghy park. Spaces are allocated at the beginning of the year to regular sailors in club class boats based on attendance the previous year. If you are unable to get a beach dinghy park space there is space available in the car park.
Racing is generally run from the crowsnest by our volunteer race officers supported by other members. If you are interested in helping with race organisation, please see Neil Fletcher, our King Crow.
Club boats for hire
The sailing club owns several boats including Wayfarers, Lasers, a Lark and a Cadet. These are available for members to hire during sailing sessions with safety boat cover. Find out more…
See the sailing section for more information