Kent Sailing Clubs
HBSC is a friendly family-oriented dinghy-sailing club on the north Kent coast. Members sail a wide range of boats the biggest classes being Laser Ones and Dart 15s. There are also Laser2000s Hornets, Pacers, Mirrors, Solos and Toppers.
Bewl Valley Sailing Club is one of the largest inland sailing venues in the south east. They boast excellent facilities with a welcoming clubhouse serving meals and a well-stocked bar. Members also benefit from very active youth fleets and Training School.
Situated in the heart of the Kent countryside approx 3 miles east of Edenbridge and 4 miles south of M25 junction 5.
The club is becoming very popular with RS boats, especially the RS200 and RS400 but the RS600,300 and new 800 are all present.
A fleet of lasers and wayfarers are also present. There are a number of open handicap events throughout the year, the next being ‘The brass monkey’ on Sun 5th Dec.
BBSC is an all-year round club with racing on most Saturadys and all Sundays split into Autumn, Spring and Summer series.
The clubhouse has commanding views over the reservoir and has plenty of changing and showering facilties. Hot food and drinks are available on almost all weekends and is reasonably priced. There is no accomadation available at the club but there are many B+Bs in the area.
The reservoir is a large piece of water that is over 1.5 miles long and has a bird sanctuary at the north end, the best wind direction is SW, this allows the entire reservoir to be used and little interference for the wind from obstacles.
Broadstairs Sailing Club racing takes place on the waters of the English Channel opposite Viking Bay We run races on Saturday afternoons at 1430 and on Sunday mornings at 1000.
Over the years, many different classes of boat have sailed at Broadstairs. Most notably the locally designed and built Foreland which had a crew of three. This class can been seen in photos around the clubhouse and was instrumental in introducing many a member to the joys of our sailing. The Snipe, Fireball and Mirror have all played their part in the Clubs history. Today, Broadstairs enjoys a reputation with many classes as a club with excellent race and event management and an enjoyable social atmosphere.
The sailing programme offers a full range of activities for families and individuals alike. Saturday mornings are dedicated to children and juniors and a Novices race. Handicap and Class races take place Saturday afternoons and Sundays, which means there’s always a race for any boat (less than 15 feet long). As well as weekend racing, there is a Wednesday Evening Handicap Series in the summer and Bank holiday races. Members may free sail at their own risk anytime when there is no racing.
There are 11 classes in the club ranging from Optimists for children to Scorpions for those who like spinnakers and a Handicap Class with yardsticks from around 1020 to 1200. CSC hosts Open Meetings for each of the classes throughout the summer and more often than not glassware is won by the home boats! Some of the fleets (Lasers, Graduates, Herons) are the largest of inland waters in the SE.The club also offers social events, sailing training from beginners onwards throughout the season, powerboat training and a clubhouse with bar and lunches at the weekend. CSC is a recognised RYA training centre.
Situated just off the large shingle beach at Hythe, Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club provides great facilities for sailing and windsurfing in an informal, friendly environment. A real ‘family’ club, we welcome visitors and new members alike; you’ll soon feel ‘part of the family’.
The sailing and windsurfing at Hythe is excellent, ranging from those warm, flat days, ideal for beginners, to demanding force 8 gales; enough to test the most proficient windsurfer. Usually, however, conditions are a more sedate force 2 to 4 in the prevailing south-westerly winds. he Club has two main activity sections, designed to promote both dinghy sailing and windsurfing. However the Club also has a strong social programme, with numerous parties, BBQ’s and fun sports for everyone’s enjoyment. Special events are also held throughout the year with open days, regattas and a visit to and from our rival French club, Circle Voile d’Artois.
The Isle Of Sheppey in Kent is a superb sailing environment less than an hour from London, boasting some of the finest sailing waters in the UK. The sailing club is situated at Sheerness on the island’s north coast with direct access at all states of tide to an Olympic quality sailing area.
Founded in 1932, our aim is to encourage, promote and facilitate dinghy and catamaran sailing with membership open to all. The sailing waters off the north coast of Sheppey are suitable for all classes of dinghy and catamaran from Optimist to 18ft Skiff, Dart 15 to Tornado Sport.
There is no need to restrict the type of boat allowed at the club. Currently, racing is organised on a handicap basis but we are also keen to establish good fleet racing. We hope to actively establish large fleets of the following:
Dart 18, Laser 4000, Osprey, 29er, RS400/200, Laser
Fleets in the past have included 505s, Ospreys, Scorpions, GP14s, Enterprises, Signets, Int. Moths, Mirrors, Lasers. CYC: Tornado, Dart 15, Dart 18, Hurricane 5.9
Margate Yacht Club is a family sailing club that has members of all ages. The aims of the club are to promote sailing, which it has done very successfully over the years. The club has two main activities, dinghy and cruiser sailing that are carried out at weekends and some evenings in the summer.
Dinghy Racing is carried out at weekends between April and November on Sundays and Bank holiday Mondays. The club has re-introduced the Wednesday evening series between June and July. After sailing the club offers a T-Bar and Licensed bar to compliment the good sailing. Our fleet comprises of Phantom, RS Vareo, Snipe, Topaz, Enterprise,Laser II and Laser Vago.
The Club has a number of cruiser owners who either moor their boats in Margate harbour, Ramsgate Marina and other mooring facilities such as Sandwich and up at the Swale.
WSC is a friendly, family-orientated club 30 minutes from London (on a Sunday morning!), and probably the most active club for dinghy sailors in north Kent. It is located on the River Medway well below the point where it becomes wide and is thus ideal for dinghy sailing both up and downstream. Launching is at all states of the tide from a slipway and adjacent shingle beach. Members sail a wide range of boats, which are split into fast, medium, slow and junior handicap fleets.
There is also class racing for Miracles, while Laser 2000’s are becoming popular in the medium fleet. Examples of the 29er, Buzz, Contender, Kestrel, Lark, Laser, Laser Radial, Laser 3000 & V3000, Laser 4000, Laser Vortex, Osprey, Phantom, RS400, RS500, RS600, RS800, RS Vision, Topper, Wayfarer classes are all raced regularly in the handicap fleets. The club organizes a number of open handicap events throughout the year, including a Topper/Laser open, the Wilsonian Grand Prix and Medway Dinghy Regatta in June/July, a Winter Series through November and December, and the Chilly Willies race on 1st January.
The club also helps run the famous ‘Hoo Freezer’. Club racing is year-round, apart from a short break in January, and is generally on Sundays, though from May to August there are races on Wednesday evenings too. Training is also a strong feature of the club, at beginner level and beyond, both in dinghies and in safety boats. As a Volvo RYA Champion club, junior training is also strongly emphasised. Off the water, a large clubhouse accommodates changing and showering facilities as well as food and drinks bars and social activities such as parties and barbecues.