Pool boats

Until 2018, all of the dinghies on our stretch of beach were privately owned by members. We very much wanted to increase the opportunities for new members to participate in our sailing sessions when first joining, and to provide more options for members that choose not to own a boat, so we introduced a scheme of club-owned boats. We call these our "pool boats" as they are a shared resource for all members. The scheme has proved to be very popular, and our fleet of pool boats continues to grow.


Any member may hire a pool boat for one of our group sailing sessions for the princely sum of £6 a session. They may be signed out on a "first-come, first-served" basis whenever conditions are suitable, there is rescue cover and one of our “poolboat managers” is available. Prospective members may also take out a pool boat for a free trial sail with us.


The £6 fee goes toward the maintenance of the pool boats, but an even more important contribution is to look after the boats so that they remain in good order and available to hire for you and other members to go sailing. Please do remember that all administration and maintenance of pool boats is carried out by other members of the club, who are volunteering their time in order to help fellow members get on the water. If you do become a regular user of the pool boats, we would very much hope that you also choose to help out with the work required in making the pool boats available for use by you and by fellow members.


Our pool-boat fleet currently consists of:

  • 8 Topper Topaz

  • 6 Laser Ones (all with new "power" kits + 2 smaller radial rigs available)

  • 5 Laser Picos

  • 1 Topper 16 Catamaran

 

When can I sail?

Less experienced sailors and new members can sail whenever conditions are suitable, one of our “poolboat managers” is available and the club safety boat is out. It is currently
launched on Sunday mornings and for our regular Saturday afternoon coaching sessions. However, if there is sufficient interest plus volunteers to crew, the club will launch a rescue boat at other times – such as Wednesday evenings or Saturday afternoons during the summer.


Experienced sailors may also take the boats for one of our group sailing sessions during the summer if conditions are benign and with the agreement of a poolboat manager.
Agreement must be sought before every instance of taking out a pool boat. As with all sailing, this is dependent on the weather.

 

How do I take out a pool boat?

The first step is to have a chat with one of our friendly pool-boat managers. They will assess your experience level and ask you to sign a one-off pool boat rental agreement form. We will also talk through everything you need to know to take out a poolboat including all safety measures.


Now you are ready to take out a boat!

  • First, you need to sign and date the sign-up sheet. It hangs on a clip board in the rescue hut office on the beach. The Pool Boat Manager MUST countersign.

  • Unlock a boat using the keys that are stored on a hook under the sign-up sheet. The boats are stored on racks beside the safety hut. The dagger boards and rudders are also in the safety hut office.

  • The masts, and booms are in the storage arch under the road, which you can open with your key fob. The top rack in the arch is for Topaz kit, the next is for Picos and the third down is for Lasers. You will need to carry these over to the boat with some care to avoid clobbering the general public!

  • The Laser sails are stored separately from the spars in the rescue hut.

  • Rig and launch your boat.

  • Enjoy the freedom of the sea ...

  • When you are finished return everything back where it came from and please remember to lock up!

Rigging and Launching

We are producing a set of videos about how to rig and launch the pool boats.  The first, on the right, is on getting a Topaz rigged and ready to sail.

 

Moe videos are coming - watch this space. In the meanwhile, one of the poolboat managers will help if you are unsure about anything.

What about the Topper Catamaran?

The catamaran is managed separately by a couple of club volunteers. A pool-boat manager will put you in contact with them.

How do I pay?

Easy - twice a season we will total up your usage and ask you pay the club.