The Essentials

So you just want to get on the water? Here is the basic, need to know info, but please be aware there are a few other club rules in addition to these.

Sailing Times

Sailing is available to members and their guests everyday from dawn until dusk, but most people sail at these times:

  • Wednesday: 2pm dusk
  • Saturday: 12pm dusk
  • Sunday: 10am dusk

However the clubhouse is only open and safety cover provided when racing or training is taking place. Racing takes place Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout the year, see the Race Calendar for more details.

We encourage members to take part in club racing as it is an excellent way to improve skills, however you can still free sail/cruise at any time as long as a manned saftey boat is on the water.

Safety On The Water

Personal buoyancy aids must be worn at all times when on the water or jetties. A boat is entirely responsible for her safety at all times. Parents are solely responsible for their children at all times.

Boat Restrictions

Most sailing dinghies are welcome at Trimpley; we even have menagerie racing so every boat can take part. However, Trimpley is a small reservoir with a narrow slipway. With this in mind we have to restrict the size of boats sailed.

Any class of monohull, non-fixed keel sailing dinghy less than 16ft in length (including bowsprits) are welcome here. In simple terms, the boat has to have one hull (no catamarans), a centreboard, daggerboard or keel that lifts up (so you can get the boat in and out of the water) and be less than 16ft long. Only sailing dinghies are allowed on the reservoir currently; canoes, kayaks, windsurfers and powerboats are prohibited. If you’re unsure whether your boat fits within these restrictions, just ask!