We’re a small and friendly group & want you to enjoy your introduction to sailing at Tynemouth. This page should help you to start sailing, so join us & have fun on the water – its easier and cheaper than you think.
Tynemouth Sailing is seasonal – nothing much in the winter, starts at roughly Easter when the evenings get lighter, during the next weeks there are Wednesday nights & Sunday afternoon races for reasonably competent sailors, various courses and mid season there are about a dozen Friday night session 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 & that’s about £140 a year, or £75 for half a year if you join later in the season. Ask us about our “courses & membership 1st year deal” if you are completely new to sailing. Juniors/Cadets, students get discounted rates
- 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.
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 ?