Tynemouth Sailing Club

We’re a small and friendly group & want you to enjoy your introduction to sailing at Tynemouth – in the River Tyne estuary (and occasionally out at sea). If you live in Newcastle, North Tyneside, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay or  Cullercoats – or are at University nearby –  we are a convenient coastal sailing location for learning to sail. This page should help you to start sailing, so join us & have fun on (and off!) the water – its easier and cheaper than you think.

If you have sailed before, we would be delighted to welcome you to the club – whether for a chat, or to restart your sailing. 

Tynemouth Sailing is seasonal – Through the winter there are regular (non sailing) sessions in the club Wednesday evenings. The sailing starts end March / early April  when the evenings get lighter, during the next weeks there are Wednesday nights & Sunday afternoon races for reasonably competent sailors, various courses and Sunday morning sessions for new starters.  Its worth getting hold of the programme for the year which is set in January – its got all the main dates on, including some information on events in other locations (such as Bassenthwaite Week – a weeks sailing in the Lake District)

There are many routes to becoming a regular sailor; a couple of these are shown below

  • Do a taster day, RYA1, then RYA 2 courses in year 1, join weekly evening classes year 2 & transition to sailing independently
  • Come along with a friend that has a 2 person boat & “crew” for them – you’ll learn lots, including how to turn a capsized boat back over (a fairly common occurrence, but not dangerous when you have the right gear)

You should expect to get fully wet each time you sail – you don’t always / often capsize, but it’s regular enough when you are learning that you should dress to suit: warm but quick drying stuff that is also windproof is ideal, as is a peaked cap on sunny days & some sailing gloves to protect your hands.

The club has some gear you can borrow if you are just checking if you are interested – wetsuits & life vests. And if you are reasonably competent  (eg have RYA2), there are a couple of Enterprises and a couple of Lasers that are available for hire ( Worth checking beforehand as these are often used – its sort of 1st come 1st served.

If you do get grabbed by the sailing bug, there are typically details of a small number of boats for sale on the notice board or on the site, and there is plenty of help and advice available to help you buy.

The club is a membership society. Ask us about our “courses & membership 1st year deal” if you are completely new to sailing. Juniors/Cadets, students get discounted rates

Typical session:

  • Remove cover, Rig the boat  20-30 minutes.
  • Drag the trolley & boat near to the water, go & get changed. (2 changing rooms, secured whilst sailing)
  • put the boat in the water (wet feet, up to thigh high, maybe more), put trolley on the beach (this piece often easier in pairs)
  • Sail! 1 to 2 hours (ish)
  • Come back tired but happy, drag the boat up the beach (can be a long way at low tide) de-rig, add covers.
  • Change out of wet stuff / shower (recently renovated showers) / Retire to clubhouse bar for a pint on Wednesday nights.

To give you an idea of the layout: clubhouse (includes a bar!) is top right, the boathouse is the building top left in the picture – some of the kit for the clubs boats is in there. Launching is somewhere between the two yellow lines – low tide lower, high tide higher yellow line. That gives you some idea of the distances. (see pic lower)

If you do get enthusiastic, it’s worth getting yourself onto the email list – and theres an increasingly active Facebook page.

All members of the club take turns in the safety rota – when sailing there is a need for a safety boat & everyone takes a turn.  Typically that means about two or three times a year you’ll be doing a safety rota  – still great fun & lots to learn about small power boats.

If you’ve got this far & still not sure – why not contact us ?