Learning to sail at RGYC
At Royal Gourock Yacht Club we have Learn to Sail programmes for youngsters aged 12-18 and adults of all ages. All our training takes place on the river Clyde and the boats are accessed from the clubhouse via our own motor launch. There are waterside changing rooms with toilets/showers and ample parking.
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Social Sailing – Adults 18 years and above – Friday Evenings
Open to members and non-members, the Social Sailing programme provides sail training to adults with a minimal financial commitment. The programme runs throughout the year with practical training on the club’s six Piper class training yachts every Friday evening from May to September and theory classes every 2nd and 4th Friday evening from October to March. Participants need to acquire and maintain their own automatic inflatable life jacket and wet weather gear.
Social Sailors use the club’s six Piper one design keel boats, and the newly acquired Etchells racer, for the practical classes and have the opportunity to sail on larger cruising and racing yachts skippered by volunteer members of the club.
Participants are offered 4 on the water sessions free of charge. If they wish to continue in the programme they can become club members and enjoy the club outside the limits of the Friday evening sessions.
Social Sailors can progress towards a Helm assessment which allows them to use and race the club boats or simply enjoy the sailing and camaraderie of being on the water with like-minded people.
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Cadet Programme – Children 12 to 18 years – Thursday Evenings
Royal Gourock Yacht Clubs Cadet Section provides fun and safe sailing lessons to children who are 12 -18 years old. Meeting every Thursday evening throughout the Summer months and ever other Thursday evening throughout the Winter months, the goal is to teach cadets how to handle small boats safely and have fun on the water.
Our sailing program teaches more than sailing skills, it teaches teamwork, sportsmanship, self-reliance and confidence — skills and experiences that will benefit our cadets for a lifetime! The fact that many of our cadets return year after year demonstrates just how fun and rewarding the experience can be.
Many of our cadets go on to become Young Members, participating in all aspects of what Royal Gourock Yacht Club has to offer
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The Pipers present Members with a great opportunity for day sailing at minimum cost. They are a strong and safe design of boat and are maintained to a high standard to ensure both safety and competitive racing.
The Six Piper Class boats ( Dodo, Grace, Mona, Rosanne, Peter Piper and Schwarze Lena) are available for racing and cruising by Members and Cadets who have passed the Helm test.
The Piper Class has many trophies awarded for individual races or series of races and the Club too has a number of trophies that are awarded for the best Club Boat performance in some of these races.
The club recently acquired an Etchells class racer, Gelert, which is now in regular use by social sailors, cadets and members for training and racing.
The club boats give members the opportunity to participate in One Design racing. An individual boat may be booked for a particular race or, at the discretion of the Committee, for all races in a series, whether organised by the Club or by any other Clyde club.
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