Learn to Sail

So, you’re based in Newcastle, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay, Cullercoats or nearby places – and you want to learn to sail? Great choice – its good exercise, stimulates the brain – and gets you outdoors. You’ll love it ! And Tynemouth is an interesting place to sail.

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 the area – 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, Learn to sail & have fun on (and off!) the water: it’s 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. 

See this link for a great introduction from the RYA, and this link from the BBC also about starting to sail.

We typically run a (free, open to the public)  “discover sailing” open day in May, followed by the two key Royal Yacht Association RYA courses – level 1 & 2 ( see here), typically run in June / July across 5 saturdays, for a total cost of £340 (2020 price) which includes membership for the balance of the year – see here for what you can expect from the membership.

We have a facebook page – here – for those that want to engage with us on that platform

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 wet each time you sail – you don’t always / often capsize, but it’s regular enough when you learn to sail 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 & bouyancy aids. And if you are reasonably competent  (eg have RYA2), there are Laser 2000’s, Enterprises, Feva’s, Lasers and Toppers that are available for hire ( Worth checking beforehand as these are often used – its sort of 1st come 1st served but on a typical beginners coaching session we will get you afloat somehow

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.

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 Sunday afternoons & Wednesday nights.