Race Coaching for Members

There are opportunities for Frensham members to learn more about racing through the coaching. Coaching groups are organised by other Frensham members on a voluntary basis to encourage everyone to learn and enjoy the sport and gain confidence to participate in club racing.

Please select a menu option to learn about a specific coaching event for the class of boat you are interested in.

Laser Coaching Rota

Sailing at Frensham

Welcome to Frensham Pond Sailing Club. Thank you for taking time to visit us. We are a club of about 350 dinghies with the common interest of sailing in the lovely setting of Frensham Pond. Organised racing takes place every weekend throughout the year as well as on Wednesday evenings in the summer. Don't worry if racing does not appeal as the lake is also open for cruising every day during daylight hours, but best to avoid times when we are actually racing..

What sort of boat can I sail?

Most member choose to sail one of the established club classes. These include the Solo andLaser single-handed boats, the EnterpriseGP14RS200 and Lark two-handed boats and the two-handed Cadet for juniors. However, if you wish, you can sail boats of other classes and race in the handicap series, but please note that there are restrictions, so please talk to us. If you are unsure of how to start or which boat might best suit you, talk to one of the club officers or choose one of the class web pages from the Classes menu on the left where you can find out more about each of the boats.

Is it expensive?

Contrary to what many people assume, dinghy sailing is relatively cheap. Full membership costs around £100 per year including boat storage. Second-hand boats, well equipped for racing, cost about £650 for a single-handed boat and £800 for a two-handed boat. Suitable clothing and buoyancy aid cost from around £130. You would also need to spend between £60 and £100 per year to cover insurance and wear and tear. For this sort of outlay, you could sail 365 days a year, racing on 120 of those day - if you've got the energy!

If you don't want to risk spending money on a boat before you have a chance to find out if you like the sport, talk to one of the club officers. We should be able to arrange for you to borrow a boat or to crew for a club member.

When do we race?

There is 'class' racing through the year on Sundays - alternate mornings and afternoons - and these are our most important regular races.. There is also handicap racing on Saturday afternoons, Wednesday evenings in the summer and midday Sundays in the winter..

A few days each year are set aside for Open Meetings, where sailors from other clubs are invited to compete. Over the years, Frensham members have achieved success at all levels of sailing and our Honour-roll boasts World and National Champions. However, everyone has to start somewhere so do not be put off if you don't want to race or don't feel that you have enough skill.

Can I get sail training?

The club lays great emphasis on encouraging everyone to improve their skills. The club provides ongoing training for members and formal training courses for members and non-members. The training is provided by both 'elite' sailors and RYA qualified instructors who follow an RYA recognised syllabus.

In addition, we run Taster sessions on Saturday mornings during the summer for both children and adults who want an introduction to dinghy sailing.

What is there for youngsters?

Training of young sailors, up to 18, takes place on Saturday mornings. This is based mainly on the single-handed Laser Radial and the two-handed Cadet. Help is always available from experienced sailors both on and off the water. Guest trainers and speakers ensure our youngsters get the best possible coaching and many of our junior sailors have achieved success at National and International level.


Friday Sailing Duties

If you would like to help out with Friday sailing, please let us know! You can offer to help in the safety boat or race box, or as a duty officer on-line by going to this page (you will need to log on in the usual way).



The classes sailed at the club

Model Yacht Group

Draft programme and duties 2018-9

03/04/2018 Informal Sailing
10/04/2018 Spring Rd 3
11/04/2018 Wednesday, Videlo Globe Open Meeting
17/04/2018 Informal
24/04/2018 Wednesday,10R Open Meeting
24/04/2018 Spring Rd 4
01/05/2018 Informal Sailing
08/05/2018 Spring Rd 5
15/05/2018 Spring Rd 6
22/05/2018 Informal Sailing
29/05/2018 RYA Course no MYG
05/06/2018 Summer Rd 1
12/06/2018 Summer Rd 2
19/06/2018 Informal Sailing
26/06/2018 Summer Rd 3
03/07/2018 Summer Rd 4
10/07/2018 Summer Picnic
17/07/2018 Summer Rd 5
24/07/2018 Summer Rd 6
31/07/2018 Informal Sailing
07/08/2018 Informal Sailing
14/08/2018 RYA Course no MYG
21/08/2018 RYA Course no MYG
28/08/2018 Informal Sailing
04/09/2018 Autumn Rd 1
09/09/2018 Sunday, Footy National Championships
11/09/2018 Autumn Rd 2
12/09/2018 Wednesday, Nick's Knots IOM Open Meeting
18/09/2018 Informal Sailing
25/09/2018 Autumn Rd 3
02/10/2018 Autumn Rd 4
09/10/2018 Informal Sailing
16/10/2018 Autumn Rd 5
23/10/2018 Autumn Rd 6
30/10/2018 Informal Sailing
06/11/2018 Frostbite Rd 1
13/11/2018 Informal Sailing
20/11/2018 Frostbite Rd 2
27/11/2018 Informal Sailing
04/12/2018 Frostbite Rd 3
11/12/2018 Christmas Lunch
18/12/2018 Informal Sailing
25/12/2018 Christmas Day
01/01/2019 Informal Sailing
08/01/2019 Informal Sailing
15/01/2019 Informal Sailing
22/01/2019 Informal Sailing
29/01/2019 Informal Sailing
05/02/2019 Frostbite Rd 4
12/02/2019 Informal Sailing
19/02/2019 Informal Sailing
26/02/2019 Frostbite Rd 5
05/03/2019 Frostbite Rd 6
12/03/2019 Informal Sailing
19/03/2019 Spring Rd 1
26/03/2019 Spring Rd 2