Club Boats

The Club owns various dinghies that may be used by members, subject to certain conditions (primarily safety related) being met - see below. 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, so come down early.

The dinghies are:


RS Feva

  • Training sails, race sails and spinnaker


Laser Pico

  •  One adult or two youngsters



  • Standard, radial & 4.7 rigs
  • Different rigs to suit all crew weights


RS Vision

  • Good for two (or more) adults



  • Good for two (or more) adults
1 Laser Vortex
  • One adult, trapezing dinghy
2 Kinsman
  • Keelboat, kept afloat in the harbour
  • 2 or more adults
  • 2 stroke engine - takes a mixed fuel.


Conditions of Use

For your safety and the safety of other sailors, you must:

  1. Only use the club boats when there is a safety boat in attendance.
  2. Assess the condition of the dinghy prior to sailing, correctly rig the dinghy and ensure that the required safety equipment is in place.
  3. Sail only in the immediate vicinity of Fisherrow Harbour, unless permission has been granted by the Sailing Secretary.
  4. Stay reasonably close to the safety boat and other sailing boats to assist the safety boat crew in looking after you.
  5. Promptly follow any directions given by the safety crew.
  6. Wear a buoyancy aid at all times.
  7. Wear appropriate clothing eg. a wetsuit or drysuit.

If you fail to follow the above conditions we may revoke your club boat privileges.

It is your sole and inescapable responsibility to assess your ability and that of any other persons involved for the sailing contemplated, giving due regard to the weather conditions. The Club shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, personal injury or death to members or their crew howsoever caused.

Looking after club boats:

Coming ashore

  1. Do not ground the smooth hulled boats (Lasers & L2000s) on the beach as it scratches the hull.
  2. Ensure the Lasers are on the correct trolleys, if the lower hull is not supported there is a tendency for a gap to develop along the seam which is very hard to repair.

Washing up

  1. Boats should be washed down with fresh water after use, especially the ropes and fittings. 
  2. Sails should be rinsed and dried if they were soaked in salt water (ie. you took a swim).
  3. Sails should be rolled or folded as appropriate, placed in their bag and returned to the correct section of the sail storage.


  1. Ensure the boat covers are well fitted and secure.
  2. Boats should be tied down to their trolley and to the dinghy rings or chain if parked on the promenade. The promenade can be exposed and several unsecured boats have been damaged by wind.
  3. The Kinsman covers require fitting tightly to ensure they don’t fill with rainwater. Sails should be stored on the benches to avoid potentially lying in water.
  4. If you notice the Kinsman lying low in the water please arrange to pump the water out. Lying water will rot the wooden floors and cause mold to develop on sails and ropes. (The GRP hull will still remain sound).
  5. If you notice any boats looking untidy please take steps to tidy them before the situation worsens, don’t expect other volunteers to do it, many hands make light work.


  1. There are spares stores in the club for the club boats, if you can manage a repair using them please go ahead, otherwise inform the bosun of any outstanding issues.

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.

Faults and Issues - Bosuns Group

If you find anything beyond your capability to fix that needs doing on a Club boat, please report it to the Bosuns Group by emailing . Simon Talbot leads the Bosuns Group and can order replacement parts and fittings.