Learning to Sail through Mudeford Sailing Club
Hengistbury Head Water Sports Centre
Book any course at Hengistbury Head Water sports centre and state you are a member of Mudeford Sailing Club to get a 10% discount off the usual course price www.hengistburyoutdoorcentre.co.uk/ 01202 425173
Shore Sports - discounted training at Shore Sports on Mudeford quay
Two hours coaching in your own boat, MSC club boat, or Shore Sports hire boat with a senior instructor. In this amount of time Nick or his team are generally able to get complete beginners confident and able to manoeuvre a boat on their own. £40 for 1 person, £60 for two, £150 for 6
In addition Nick will give club members 10% discount across all his other equipment which can be hired, such as windsurfers, kayaks or paddle boards. Or 50% discount on the hire of a Hartley 12.2 (usually £40.00 per hour including wetsuits and buoyancy aids)
To Book: Contact Nick May at Shore Sports directly, he is really friendly and helpful and can advise on which option will give you the best experience www.shoresports.co.uk/ 07867 575280, or visit him at his van parked down on the quay.
YOU CAN TEACH YOURSELF TO SAIL!
One of us built a Mirror dinghy when he was in his ‘30s and despite having had no lessons at all and only one previous trip out on Poole sailing lake, taught himself to sail in a matter of a few days. I don’t think he even had a book of words. A short time later he sailed with a friend in “Dormouse” as she was called across to the Isle of Wight from Lepe beach. And made it back. A few years later, at Roermond in Holland, he learned to sail a Laser in the same way, then took up Windsurfing...no more dinghy sailing for 20 years!
If you’ve bought a dinghy and enjoy a bit of a challenge then the best place to teach yourself is in the safe and sheltered waters of Christchurch Harbour. You can launch and recover from gently shelving beaches, there’s a square mile of waist-deep water to play in and if the worst happens, you can walk back to shore. The local library has books that will take you through your first season in easy stages: sailing across the wind, tacking and gybing, sailing close-hauled and running downwind, sailing round a course and rigging and de-rigging will all be clearly explained.
Just choose days and times when the weather is warm, the wind gentle and the tide high and go sailing! You will soon reach the point were you can sail confidently around the Harbour. This is the time to let your competitive nature take over, and enter a few of the Club races. Start off in the 2-lap fleet and let yourself be led round the courses by the other boats like yours, until you suddenly find that:
1. You prefer being in front and
2. Recovering from capsizes costs you all the gains you made by faster sailing.
Now is the time to get some really good race coaching, undo all the technical errors that are bound to have crept in and become Club Champion!
BUT BEING TAUGHT TO SAIL CAN BE MUCH EASIER