The Dinghy Section is a friendly and relaxed section. A wide range of mono-hull dinghies up to about 6m are sailed at Chichester Yacht Club, and members are always keen to help new members get out on the water and provide friendly advice and tips!
Chichester Yacht Club is an RYA Championship Club, and is fully committed to the RYA Racing Charter
Dinghy racing is organised for Club members most weekends from April to October. Standard Race Series run on a Saturday or Sunday over four to six weekends, with two or three races a day. New for 2016 we will be running three Weekend Series which will take place over a single weekend on both Saturday and Sunday. We also run an Evening Series over the summer. The majority of races are in Handicap Fleets. All classes of dinghy sailed in the Club are welcome to join in the racing.
Open meetings are held throughout the year for a number of classes, including Merlin Rocket, Solo, Europe Laser, 2000, Topper and Optimist. There is also a Chichester Yacht Club Regatta. Dinghy Week, Frozen Toe & Snowflake Series are all Open Meetings.
Dinghy Week is a relaxed 5 day programme of racing, training and social activities. There is a particular focus on families and juniors, but extensive adult participation! This is an Open Meeting, and all sailors are welcome. You can enter for the full week, or just join in on a daily basis.
Chichester runs 2 Open Winter Series, Frozen Toe (November-December) and Snowflake (January-March). These popular events regularly attract over 80 boats and are normally every other Sunday (depending on tides).
Chichester Yacht Club is a RYA Recognised Training Centre. We offer RYA courses for beginners and improvers, both adults and juniors. These courses are offered to members and non-members. We can also arrange non-certificated training on an ad hoc basis for individuals or small groups. For new members we also have a Learn To Sail package which includes dedicated training sessions as well as free use of the Club boats for the first year.
DINGHY SAILING TRAINING
There are regular training and coaching sessions for Club members, both adults and juniors. The Club has a small fleet of boats available for hire by Club members: Optimists, Toppers, Fevas, Lasers, a 2000 and Argos.
The Club also offers courses in Race Management, Powerboat skills and First Aid. There are sessions for Midweek Sailing (formerly Women on Water –men welcome!), After School Sailing and Cruising skills.
The Club is perfectly placed for leisure sailing in the beautiful waters of Chichester Harbour, with popular trips to local villages and beaches. The Club is open on weekdays as well as at weekends and all facilities are available to cruising Club members.
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