Welcome to Llangorse Sailing Club. We hope you will enjoy sailing at this wonderful lake and being part of our sailing club.
New Members will be assigned a ‘Club Buddy’, who will be a current, experienced club member, who’ll be a point of contact, support and advice; making sure that you have a very warm welcome and introduction to the club.
Each year, there is a full programme of sailing and training activities to look forward to.
There are regular club races organised as series events or one-off trophy events, mostly on Sundays. For the more competitive, we hold open meetings for various classes of boats. Juniors and adults are equally welcome to join in with the racing but there are also dedicated junior events organised, subject to demand.
If you’re not quite up to racing, or you are looking to improve your skills, the training programme includes sailing courses for beginners and improvers, and courses in powerboat handling and safety-boat driving. These courses are highly popular and it is recommended that you reserve your places to avoid a disappointment.
Junior sailing continues to thrive. The club hosts junior competitions on behalf of RYA Cymru and many juniors from Llangorse have become members of area and national squads.
Formerly known as Cadet Week, our Family Week looks to offer even more opportunities for adults to be engaged or take part as well as younger members of the Club. Just because it’s called ‘Family Week’ doesn’t mean that other adults without children are not welcome to take part.
This week is accompanied by Club Activity Days during the summer months, where you can improve your sailing and learn new skills, such as using a VHF radio or boat repairs.
We encourage you to invest in your own boat however, the club owns several boats available for training and practice to get you started! Further details are on the ‘Boat Hire’ page of the website.
A recent development for the club has been the arrival of the 2.4m class single-hander keelboats. These offer us an opportunity to develop a capacity to support people with disabilities sailing independently and regularly on the water.
Open days for anyone to try sailing are held once or twice a year, and the club hosts an annual ‘Disability Sailing Day’ with support from the local authority.
We have so many formally organised events that sometimes it’s easy to forget that some of our members simply enjoy a quiet sail without distraction. It has always been a principle at Llangorse that (within reason) able, adult sailors can sail at any time during daylight hours – and many club members take good advantage of this.
Club facilities can be enjoyed by all members but all members are required to follow the Club rules set out in our Constitution so its strongly recommended that you take a little time to check these out. However, here is a link to some Dos and Don’ts which either come from our legal agreement for use of the lake or are just helpful to us all in keeping the Club running safely and effectively.
The club functions by the willingness of its members to volunteer. Events need to be run, trainees instructed, instructors trained and qualified – and the site needs to be kept safe and tidy. Part of every member’s commitment to the club is to offer a small amount of time, on a few occasions every season in the form of duties to keep the club running smoothly and to keep the running costs low. The online facility, DutyMan, enables members to volunteer for specific duties and this has been a great success allowing us all to choose when we can offer our time – and to swap dates if other commitments arise.
Watch out for the ‘Rusty Shackle’, the club electronic newsletter, for information about the club throughout the year. It’s full of club news, socials and upcoming events, as well as important information, such as the state of the site and access restrictions.