Group Members incl. Sailability
Spinnaker Sailing Club are very proud to host a number of other organisations, enabling them to use the Club's facilities and lake to deliver sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and powerboating to a diverse range of community groups and educational institutions. We are always open to new groups approaching us with a view to joining Spinnaker Sailing Club, for a full breakdown of membership benefits for groups and their own members please follow this link. For further information about the costs of group membership and how our group memberships operate please contact our Chief Instructor James via firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Forest and District Sailability
New Forest and District Sailability (NFDS) are a charity based at Spinnaker Sailing Club whose aim is to "enable people with disabilities to enjoy the exciting sport of sailing. You can learn to sail a dinghy, sit back and relax whilst someone else takes you for a trip, take part in races."
NFDS operate a fleet of Hansa 303s and 2.4mR Keelboats for sailing, while operating two Pioneer Safetyboats, with a range of equipment to help make sailing accessible such as hoists to enable as many people as possible to participate. NFDS are a Royal Yachting Association Affiliated Sailability Centre, nationally recognised for the work that they do. NFDS run the majority of their activities on Tuesdays and Fridays, with some race training happening on Thursday afternoons from April to October. NFDS are an entirely volunteer run organisation and are always grateful for any assistance individuals can provide!
Salisbury Sea Cadets
Salisbury Sea Cadets are part of the wider Sea Cadet Corps nationally. Within the Sea Cadets the Salisbury Unit is well known for it's afloat activities including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, rowing and powerboating! Most of their activities take place at their headquarters in Salisbury, but their sailing, windsurfing and powerboating activity is delivered at Spinnaker Sailing Club. In 2021 Salisbury Sea Cadets achieved the status of being an RYA Recognised Training Centre, allowing them to award RYA certificates in sailing, windsurfing and powerboating.
Salisbury Sea Cadets have a fleet of RS Zests and Quests for sailing, several safetyboats, and a trailer of windsurf equipment to allow them to deliver their activities across the year.
Winchester College are an independent boarding school for boys aged 13 to 18. At Spinnaker Sailing Club they keep their flight of 6 Fireflys, setup specifically for Team Racing, with Winchester College being an active competitor in Team Racing competitions across the country including events hosted by the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association, and the Eric Twiname/RYA Youth Team Racing National Championships! Winchester College host the BSDRA Southern Regional event annually at Spinnaker Sailing Club, normally in late April.
The Team sail up to 3 times a week in the season, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons
Sandleheath Sea Scouts
Sandleheath Sea Scouts are one of our local scout groups who are very active on the lake sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing and paddleboarding! They generally run sessions on mid-week evenings in the summer, along with occasional weekend days. As a Sea Scout Group they have a strong focus on afloat activities and this shows when during the summer they can easily have more than 40 young people a week taking part in activities at the lake!
As well as their own activities Sandleheath Sea Scouts regularly host a Sea Scout Regatta at Spinnaker Sailing Club, which can attract over 100 participants!
New Forest Care
New Forest Care are an organisation that works with young people who need additional support to reach their full potential and have a supportive environment around them. New Forest Care offer a residential, educational service which embraces opportunities to explore outdoor activities to help young people grow. They work in small groups with young people on short term programmes. At Spinnaker Sailing Club they deliver kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding using their own instructors and equipment and work with the Club's instructors using the Club's equipment to deliver sailing.
Wessex Sailing Club
Wessex Sailing Club are the student sailing club of the University of Southampton. Well regarded as one of the top university sailing clubs in the country they are highly competitive, as well as having a vibrant beginners/casual sailing programme. From their own sailing centre in Southampton they deliver tuition and casual sailing sessions, whilst their Team Racing sailors are based at Spinnaker Sailing Club. They have a fleet of 12 team racing Fireflys based at the Club, and are a regular site on the lake training, competing in Team Racing events, and even joining in our club racing occasionally.
Wessex Sailing Club organised and run the annual Wessex Winter Warmer (normally at the end of January) and have hosted several British Universities Sailing Association events in the past.
University of Portsmouth Sailing Club
As our newest group members the University of Portsmouth Sailing Club have settled straight in with their 6 Fireflys! In Portsmouth they sail from Portsmouth Sailing Club to deliver their beginner and casual sailing programmes, with their Team Racers travelling to train with us. In 2022 they hosted the British Universities Sailing Association Southern Team Racing Qualifiers with us, the first time they had ever been able to host an event. We look forward to seeing them grow and develop here at Spinnaker!
Bournemouth University Sailing Club
Bournemouth University Sailing Club do all their sailing from Spinnaker Sailing Club! They have a fleet of 6 Fireflys which they use for Team Racing and Social Sailing. In 2022 they worked with our Club instructors to deliver RYA Training courses in sailing and powerboating to their members to help develop their skills!
Last updated 13:44 on 5 January 2023