Paignton Sailing Club develops skills for both racing and social sailing
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Paignton Sailing Club is a small, family-friendly dinghy sailing club situated at Paignton's picturesque harbour.
The club welcomes sailors of all ages to enjoy the sea and develop their sailing skills for both racing and social sailing.
The club runs racing for all sizes of dinghies on Wednesday evenings during the summer season and every Sunday morning throughout the year – for the hardy sailors the club even race on Boxing and New Year's Days.
Friday evenings are 'fun sailing' evenings when sailors are encouraged to take part in some informal racing, social sailing or just a chance to improve their sailing skills.
The club own a fleet of both single and double-handed dinghies for members to hire and for those who fancy trying windsurfing, then the club have some boards.
Paignton Sailing Club is a RYA recognised training centre and runs a range of courses during the year including 'learn to sail' for both adults and juniors, power boat courses, first aid etc.
Due to the current pandemic the club have had to postpone most of the courses this year. However, they have a junior 'learn to sail' course on August 3 and 4 subject to any new Government guidelines.
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The club was one of the first club's to be awarded the RYA's British Youth Sailing recognised club status and regularly runs training weekends for the RYA regional and national training groups.
Every year, the club run Paignton Open for Single Handed Dinghies (POSH) and sailors from all around the country visit the area to take part in this prestigious event.
In 2019, the club welcomed 99 sailors to the Bay but unfortunately this had to be cancelled this year. The club is hoping to host the 420 nationals which are scheduled to be run on August 26 to 31, a Fireball/Osprey Open meeting in September, a Topper open event on October 25 and the Christmas Cracker on December 6.
Nick Ripley, rear commodore, sailing, said: 'Although due to COVID-19, most of the sailing has had to be postponed this year, we are just beginning to re-start our fabulous sport.'
For more details, log on to www.paigntonsailingclub.co.uk