These Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) are aimed at new members to the club who would like to know how we operate.
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Q: Can I come sailing if I am not a member?
A: LCSC is a member's club, but we welcome new members who might be interested in joining. You will need to complete a temporary membership form and pay an additional £5 to cover temporary membership. You will be allowed on two outings before you will need to become a member to continue sailing at the club.
Q: How do I become a member?
A: Please go to how to join the club for more details
Q: How much does it cost to hire a boat?
A: It costs £15 per person to hire a boat. Payment is by card only and is collected on the day if you go sailing.
Q: What boats/dinghies are available for hire?
|Dinghy design||Suitable for beginners||Suitable for intermediates||Suitable for advanced||Capacity (Crew & Helm)||Club boats available for hire|
Q: How can I go sailing?
A: You can only sail club boats when there is an organised event on, these events are listed here. This is to ensure the safety of you and the boat as we will always have at least one safety boat to provide assistance to you if you need it. You must book before you come to the club. You book a sailing slot rather than a particular dinghy. Dinghies are allocated on the day in booking order, so book early to get your first choice boat.
Q: How old do I have to be to sail a dinghy on the Thames as the club.
A: Due to the fast tidal streams on the river and the other river traffic, the minimum age is 14 if accompanied by a parent or a guardian. To sail without a parent or a guardian you need to be over 18. For children age of 8 upwards, we recommend you try the following local sailing clubs (not affiliated with us). These clubs are based nearby in lakes and reservoirs making for a safer environment for children to learn.
Q: Are there any physical requirements for me to come dinghy sailing.
A: You need the ability to swim unassisted for 100 meters. If you capsize or turtle your dinghy you are expected to be able to right it unassisted.
Q: Do I have to have any qualifications to helm a dinghy at the club?
A: Sailing on the River Thames is a unique environment that not all dinghy sailors may have experienced before. It has additional dangers that you won't find in many other sailing clubs. These include, fast flowing tidal streams, river traffic that is limited in its ability to manoeuvre and fixed obstacles such as barges and pontoons that can be hazards when capsized. To helm a boat you should have completed at least RYA dinghy level 1 & 2 and understand how the tide and wind affects sailing on the river. The Officer Of the Day (OOD) will be an experienced member of the club who will judge if the conditions on the day are suitable for your skill level.
Q: Do I have to have any qualifications to crew a dinghy at the club?
A: No, we welcome everyone to be a member of the crew on a dinghy. If you're new to sailing then we would recommend you attend a 'Riverbanking' event where you can sail with an experienced helm. These events are listed here.
Q: Is there anything I must wear when dinghy sailing?
A: All members must wear a buoyancy aid at all times whilst on the ramps, pontoons and on the river. The club has a variety of sizes available for members to use for free whilst at the club.
Q: What should I wear when Dinghy sailing?
|All Year Round||Summer||Spring/Autumn||Winter|
|Optional||Shorty/lightweight Wetsuit may be suitable for cooler days||Drysuit|
You should consider bringing a change of clothes and a towel to change into afterwards, especially if you capsize and need to warm up afterwards (a must in winter)
Q: Can I borrow or hire any of the kit listed above?
A: Yes, you can hire a club wetsuit for £5 a session. There are a variety of sailing gloves and a limited number of water/windproof jackets that you can borrow for free.
Q: What happens if there is no wind?
A: The Office Of the Day (OOD) will normally decide on the day if there is enough wind to go sailing. If there isn't enough wind the session will be cancelled. If you have completed the clubs Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) safety course you will be able to go out on one of these instead. It is always advisable to check the weather conditions before you head down. Weather and Tides at Hammersmith
Q: What happens if there is too much wind?
A: The Office Of the Day (OOD) will normally decide on the day if there's too much wind to go sailing. If there is too much wind the session will be cancelled. It is always advisable to check the weather conditions before you head down. Weather and Tides at Hammersmith
Q: How can I take part in racing at the club?
A: If you have learnt how to sail a dinghy and have had some practice sailing on the river but have not raced before, we recommend you take part in a wacky racing session. These informal racing sessions help you practice race starts and get a feel for sailing in close quarters without having to worry about the formalities of proper races. If you think you're ready for the more serious and competitive racing then the club hosts a variety of racing events throughout the year. For more details on the different types of racing we offer go to here.
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Last updated 10:16 on 10 January 2022