Useful sailing links

The following links are divided into categories to make them easier to find.

Sailing's governing organisations

World Sailing is the overall body that runs sailing all over the world. Look here for rules (free, down-loadable PDF) and Olympic details. The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is Britain's controlling body, and organises Training standards, Portsmouth Handicaps etc. Personal members can get discounts on sailing related good and services. RYA Cymru Wales (RYA.CW?) is the RYA Regional organisation for us. They assist in the allocation of grants, run local training, Youth Squads.

General Sailing Information

Plas Menai in North Wales is an excellent place for training. It is partly funded by Sport Wales and in the winter sometimes offers value for money club training. Boatshed has a collection of weather forecasts, including the Met Office. Its worth learning what you can find on the more complex pages Llandegfedd Watersports is based at Llandegfedd and is the commercial operator on the site. (was Gwent Adventures) They offer training and hire for windsurfers, dinghies, paddleboards and canoes.
Yachts and Yachting is one of the leading UK sailing magazines. They have a monthly magazine and an online presence with Open Meeting results, informative articles etc. Sailworld UK has a lot of interesting news and views on line. BBC Weather provides a good summary of the weather and lets you see the forecast over a number of days.
Windguru provides weather and wave forecasts around the world. There is a variety of different forecasts and the information can be displayed in alternative ways. average and gust speeds shown. XC Weather was originally set up for Cross Country gliding. It provides a good summary of the weather and lets you see the forecast in particular places for a week. Gust strength shown as well as average speed and temperatures. The Met Office is of course the gold standard for forecasts.

Local Clubs

Cardiff Bay Yacht Club might be tricky to find as the road alters by the season, but it has Junior Optimist training and a licensed club house. Winds variable with the city building up around it. Tata Steel (Margam) Sailing Club has welcomed our sailors to many an Open Meeting and offers winter sailing. Situated by the M4 Junction 38 next to the Steel works near Port Talbot Llangorse Sailing Club on the way to Brecon. We used to have an annual Youth challenge. Now that we have re-started our Youth Squad we will have to see whether we can start this again.

Shops and Chandleries

(Northampton) Sailboats is an excellent online source for dinghy sailing clothes and boat bits. Most things arrive one working day after you order them. Break a bit on Sunday, sailing again on Wednesday! RS sailing Store are linked to the makers of the RS boats. They have a wide range of generic boat parts and clothes as well as RS specialist bits. Discounts available to RS Class Association members. Purple Marine are a Midlands based shop and online presence. Again, excellent, speedy service
Mailspeed Marine is the UK's largest Mail Order Chandler, targeted at yachts and dinghies. "As the UK's premier mail order chandlery we are very proud of our long tradition of customer service, competitive pricing and after-sales care." Coast Watersports is an online chandlery specialising in sailing clothing
and equipment for the dinghy sailor and watersports enthusiast.
Force 4 are located on the Penarth Road out of Cardiff, as well as on line and throughout the south of the UK. They sell a lot of dinghy equipment and it can be useful to fix something urgently when even good on-line shops are just not quick enough.
Rooster is the chandlery and equipment store of Steve Cockerill. From non-tangling ropes to fancy layers of clothing, and tips and coaching hints, its all there!

Sail Repairs

Garland Sails, Bristol RJ Sails, Clevedon Jon Sails, Usk

 


Boat repairs

2ndhanddinghies is your really local sailing dinghy repairer (and can also find you a good second hand boat) Pete Vincent is based in Lydney.

16 (and counting) years experience; leading marine insurers approved repair centre. They are members of LLSC, are an approved repair centre for all the main dinghy insurers and can collect/return boats to the club. Contact Pete Vincent at the club, or 07813 899043, or via email.... UGS@boatsandrepairs.fsnet.co.uk
The Boat Repair Centre is run by Jo Line south of Bristol. Jo can repair any method of construction from wood to epoxy kevlar composites - although she has specialist knowledge of the RS range and the Fireball class.  




 

Insurance

Noble Marine specialise in dinghy insurance. Your Class Association may provide a discount scheme. Craft Insure is a low cost specialist boat insurer Bishop Skinner are another marine insurer. RYA membership gives a discount
Newton Crum can be one of the cheapest insurers. Make sure that you sign up for the policy option that suits you. They do not seem to cover RS800 and International Canoes! Options include LIMITED racing cover.   GJW claim to be the UK's largest Direct Boat Insurer. They offer free on line quotations for a given class of dinghy and its easy to sign up.

Holidays

Mark Warner have a number of centers mostly around the Mediterranean to go sailing with the family. Sunsail has fleets of modern, well-maintained yachts, watersports of every kind and family-friendly beach clubs in 39 stunning locations around the world. Minorca Sailing offers a specialist sailing holiday in Minorca. The sailing and windsurfing centre, based at Fornells Bay, is one of the best equipped in the Mediterranean.
Wildwind is based in Vassiliki, famous for its fabulous wind conditions, lighter in the mornings and strong cross shore winds most afternoons. For more advanced sailing in higher performance boats, including catamarans    

Leftovers and lucky dip

Dinghy Racing This site is designed to be a store of information and articles directly related to racing dinghies, Boatshed has a useful page of Weather, plus lots of boats of all types for sail Water Sports Wales has local events, pictures and more
The Tall Ships Youth Trust incorporating the Sail Training Association, is a registered charity dedicated to the personal development of young people aged 16 to 25 through the crewing of Tall Ships. UK Dinghy Racing is a new web site which is designed as an information source about clubs, classes and all you need to know regarding dinghy racing in the UK. Apollo Duck is the current Go-To web site to find or sell a second hand dinghy. The key is to use the search with a dinghy class name.
 
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If you are looking for a place to find information on sailing dinghies - then you are in the right place. Eventually we will be doing more than just dinghy sailing - surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, anything you can do in the water we will have here, but for now we are working on dinghy sailing.