Simply Sailing

Organisation of our non-competitive sailing activities was taken on in 2017 by a group of keen people, headed by Marian Stevens and Viv Collins.

Our 2019 sailing programme will contain a series of group events which will give those members who are not especially interested in racing, or who perhaps lack the confidence to go out on their own, a chance to get out on the water to hone their skills and enjoy a sail together with like-minded other members.

These events will not be for unaccompanied beginners, but those wanting to get into sailing will be welcome to  join in by going out with a more experienced sailor.

Children will also be welcome to join in with river events, but those under 16 must have a parent or other adult acting in loco parentis on the water.

Sailing will take place in the river or in the Solent, depending on the programme, the tides and the weather, and some of the events may be all-day trips or have a particular focus, e.g. a variety of Solent sails, including those to give tentative and new sailors more confidence in the open water, meeting up with other clubs, seamanship practice, picnics and forays to the Red Lion.

In 2019, some of the Simply Sailing sessions will replace the old Quiet Sails in our programme so that adults and children can have the chance to go out for a short while and practise their skills independently, outside school/work times, when there will be patrol boats on the water to keep an eye on them.