Thursday Evening Sailing

The Island Sailing Club’s Thursday Evening Sailing series has kicked-off for another year – and is more accessible than ever before.

As well as the usual session at 1800 on Thursday, the Club has launched a second session at 1000 on Saturday. Newcomers are paired with experienced local skippers to learn all aspects of sailing; helming, mainsail and foresail trimming, foredeck, casting off and mooring.

On Thursdays, all newcomers are given informal racing with East Cowes evening race, which is a great way of understanding how to sail a course in the company of other boats. Many sailors then feel confident enough to take part in other events, including the Club’s Tuesday Evening Racing.

Meanwhile, Saturday morning sailing offers the opportunity to train new sailors while cruising in company, and on designated weekends, take part in events from team racing to learning safety manoeuvres and procedures.

Rear Commodore, Sailing Rob Peace said, “Thursday Evening Sailing is about helping people who are new to sailing feel comfortable on the water. The team gets a lot of pleasure helping sailors of all capabilities experience our Sonars, returning them to the Club with big grins in enthusiastic conversation with friends.”

“Time on the water builds confidence and that’s what we can provide in safe, friendly and structured sessions that teach sailors how to enjoy sailing on the Solent. Simply going out and looking back at the land is new for many, sailing back to the mooring with the sun setting is very special – and enjoying a drink in the Clubhouse afterwards just tops it off!”

Costs are £15 for non-Members, with fabulous rates for Members.

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