Here are our Top 10 tips to getting started in dinghy sailing at LCSC
1) Head along to a Tuesday Night Social – every week from 8pm brave the member's bar and get talking to other members about their experiences and whether you can join them sailing. It's a truly friendly club and here you can ask your questions about how to get started.
2) Cruising and Riverbanking - turn up to Wacky Racing/riverbanking on the day and you'll be allocated a boat. Details are communicated by email and on the club calendar. This is always great fun and a superb way to meet other sailors who are more than happy to talk about their experiences.
3) Points/Cup Races – respond to organisers sending emails for points series or cup races and ask them to help link you up with a laser or join up with another sailor. No experience is necessary for competitive races and the more frequent you are the more likely you are to get a place in the points series. It can be useful to diarise dates with fellow sailors so you're all confirmed and committed to sailing together. You can turn up on the day and find out if anyone wants to sail with you as well. When you arrive, ask for the Officer of the Day and they will be able to help you.
4) Look out for Coaching/Training Opportunities – regular training sessions are scheduled either at the club or in places like Weymouth National Sailing Academy each with varying costs tailored to different skills. These are communicated by email and on the club calendar.
5) Lend a Hand – Come along and watch a race so you can see what's involved and help out with the jobs that need doing round the club. You can help members rig before sailing or help pack up the boats after a race. It's a good way to learn about the different boats and to find other sailors to sail with in future. Or grab a buoyancy jacket and head down to the pontoon before a race to help get the boats off their trolley and into the water. Race starts seem less daunting after you've been helping out on the pontoon.
6) Deputy Race Officer* – this is a great way to meet other sailors and learn how to races are organised from the comfort of the Crows Nest race box. Good in any condition!
7) Deputy Safety Boat Driver* – get out onto the water to help set up the race course at LCSC and watch other participant's sailing techniques. Drivers will be happy to share their knowledge about race courses and will talk you through the parts of the safety boat.
8) Social Events - head along to the balls, barbecues and bashes run by the club to help you meet other sailors and ask them questions. Always feel free to bring a friend along to events or open days and nominate them as a new member.
9) Communicate –Share your contact details with the other sailors you meet throughout 1 to 8 above! And begin to build your own contact list of people to go to when you're looking for a sailing companion.
10) Don't be put off by the weather – It's usually not as bad as you think I will but. But if you really can't face winter weather or even low winds there's always need for deputy race officers and deputy safety boat drivers - Also read what to wear, in our Dinghy FAQs.
*Deputy roles do not require experience and provide an opportunity to spend time with sailors who are experienced contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more
Last updated 17:42 on 10 January 2018