Club Boats

The Club owns various dinghies that may be used by members, subject to certain conditions (primarily safety related) being met. The dinghies are:

  • four Picos (single handers)
  • three Toppers (single handers)
  • one Laser with standard and Radial rigs (single handers)
  • one 420 (two hander)
  • one RS Vision (2-4 hander)
  • two RS Feva (1-2 handers)

Club members will be happy to show newcomers how to rig these boats, though close to the start time of races the owners of participating boats tend to be busy with their own boats. The following is some information that may be of use


The Club 420 racing at the regatta.

RS Vision Rigging guide

RS Feva Rigging guide and sailing tips videos

Laser Rigging

(Rigging Lasers and Picos is very similar.)
  • Laser masts come in two parts, for the radial set up you need to use the smaller radial bottom mast section, marked "radial" in sharpie. Fit the mast sections together.
  • Slide the sail (standard or radial as appropriate) over the mast assembly, ensuring thaqt the sail lines up with the direction of the gooseneck (the bit that holds the boom).
  • Llift the mast into the hole on deck. 
  • Fit the downhaul - this is important as it also stops the mast floating away if you capsize.
  • Put the boom onto the goosneck
  • Attach the outhaul, connecting the clew (rear corner) of the sail to the end of the boom. Attach a strap to keep the sail close to the boom at the end.
  • Fit the kicker.
  • Check the mainsheets is rigged right and running freely.
  • Remove the bung in the transom to drain any water out of the hull and reinsert the bung.
  • Attach the rudder.
  • Attach the shockcord which tensions the centreboard.
  • Go sailing.

Conditions of Use

  1. Formal club activities take precedence over private use.
  2. Dinghies may only be used in the immediate vicinity of Fisherrow Harbour, unless permission has been on has been granted by the Vice Commodore.
  3. Junior members, including under-18 family members, must be authorised before using club boats. A disclaimer must be signed by parent or guardian.
  4. Group membership units may use club dinghies for activities organised by them and supervised in accordance with their own rules and regulations. Individual members of these bodies may not use club dinghies for private purposes.
  5. It is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the individual member to assess his/her ability and that of any other persons involved for the sailing contemplated, given due regard to the weather conditions.
  6. The member must assess the condition of the dinghy prior to sailing, correctly rig the dinghy and ensure that the required safety equipment is in place.
  7. Buoyancy aids must be worn at all times.
  8. Appropriate clothing, e.g. a wetsuit or a drysuit, should be worn
  9. The Club shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, personal injury or death to members or their crew howsoever caused.
  10. Members are responsible for making good any damage caused and the value put on any damage will be decided at the sole discretion of the Committee.
  11. Club boats may only be used when there is a safety boat in attendance.