The Club offers dinghy racing in a scenic rural environment, suitable for families. We train people to sail, and have qualified instructors. Safety rescue cover is available all through the week from the team of Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water rangers and Watersports. The club is run by volunteers, and has never had any paid staff. All club members take their share in being Officer of the Day and running the racing and auxiliary rescue facilities whilst we race. Competant club members may use our fleet of training boats (2000s, Fevas, Lasers and Toppers) if they are not in use for scheduled training.
Our training is concentrated on the more Advanced and Racing modules of the RYA courses, and our instructors are all Racing Instructors who sail their own dinghies. We do "social sailing" which is non-competitive, and are social enough to meet after Wednesday racing in a local pub. Our Youths are keen sailors and represent the club and Wales in racing events around Wales and the UK. Training is on Saturdays and Thursday evenings.
Llandegfedd Reservoir is one and a half miles long, and up to one mile wide. It is one of the several reservoir sites in Wales that has been made available for public recreation and it is managed by rangers from Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. The rangers also provide multi-method fishing for trout, predominantly fly fishing, and coarse angling. There is a fleet of low powered motor boats for hire, or anglers can fish from the banks with a day permit or season ticket.
Recently, Welsh Water have started running Llandegfedd Watersports, and provide training and equipment hire on a commercial basis. They issue boat kayak and paddleboard permits on either a day or seasonal basis. The season permit includes provision of a berth to leave the boat tied down safely, and runs from 1 March until the last day of October. They have their own website at www.llandegfedd.co.uk
Racing is on Sunday afternoons from March until the end of October. We also race on Wednesday evening from April until August when there is sufficient light. After the race, we then go to the pub to eat and drink.
We may be unusual in having a lot of boats with asymmetric spinnakers. Indeed we believe that we have the world's largest collection of International Asymmetric Canoes, and the UK's largest fleet of RS Vareos. These often race windward-leeward races for which our geography assists in funnelling the wind between hills. The committee boat Doris helps us set true courses.
The formats of our racing are shown on our Sailing pages
Despite not having a bar or a clubhouse, we are becoming a more sociable club. There is an active social committee, and there are a number of activities planned. The more the merrier! Check the Social web pages, news letters and notice boards to see what we are up to.
Our Youth section sails, Toppers RS Fevas and Laser Radials, being fierce competitors in races. Indeed, the teenagers are now beating their elders in handicap and pursuit races throughout the year.
The Club has been awarded the Welsh Yachting Association "Dragon Club" recognition. This indicates that we are a safe place to train and support children's sailing. We now have a number of Welsh Youth Squad sailors amongst us, who are travelling on the Youth Circuit to improve their racing and general sailing. We also host Youth Squad training and a Youth Open meeting.
The club has been an RYA Approved training establishment for a long time and are dependent upon our volunteer club members. These stalwarts have given up their free time to train member's families and newcomers, sometimes finding that their own sailing has improved as a result.
Our main structured training is for "beginners", with coaching on racing techniques for both adults and youths through the year. See our Training Section for more details
The club has a Safety Policy. Llandegfedd Sailing Club meets the standards of an RYA registered training centre. The policy can be found here Safety policy.
Child Protection and Safeguarding
The club has a Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. Llandegfedd Sailing Club follows the recommendations of the RYA. The policy can be found here Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.