Social Sailing

Social sailing is the umbrella term for organised non-racing events at the club such as our “On the Water” sessions and “Down-River Flotillas”. Both are an opportunity for sailors to enjoy the waters of the River Deben in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment.

On the Water Sessions

These are for people who want to get out on the water for pure enjoyment or to hone their skills without the pressure of being in a race. Safety Boat teams are on hand to help when needed and there will also be someone on the ramp to assist with rigging and launching if needed. These sessions were previously known as “club sailing” but have been combined with our Evening Points Racing and Paddler sessions to bring everyone together for a social afterwards.

Participants are asked to be at the club at least 30 minutes before the published start (launching) time in order to get changed and rigged, and ready for any briefing which may take place before launching. On the Water sessions will normally take place in the area between “the island” and the clubhouse. Whether you have just taken an RYA course for beginners or are an improver returning to the water, you will be supported by the safety boat teams and more experienced sailors to help improve your sailing skills. You can take part either in your own boat or hire one of the club boats.

Down-River Flotilla Sailing

For the more adventurous, why not try a “Flotilla” event? Subject to weather conditions, a fleet of dinghies will travel together down-river, aiming to stop at Waldringfield or an alternative picnic spot for a break. We usually take a packed lunch/snack and maybe have a drink at the Maybush pub. It’s a fully supported environment with safety boat teams on hand to help when needed. However, we do ask that sailors are sufficiently competent to sail independently and come prepared to be out on the water for some time. These sessions are not intended for training purposes, but flotillas are a great way to see more of the river and improve your confidence on the water.

Club Boats

Club boats can be pre-booked for use in both Club Sailing and Flotilla sessions. Information on the boats available and the booking process can be found under the Club Boat Hire section.