Dinghy Taster Sails
Axe Yacht Club offers the opportunity to try sailing either before you join Axe Yacht Club or as a new member. Taster sails are organised by the Cadet and Family Sailing Group in the Club dinghies. The boat will be helmed (driven) by an experienced helm. The boat used may vary depending on the conditions but will usually be the Argo, which is a large, stable boat that can comfortably accommodate 4 crew.
Taster sails are offered on one Saturday afternoon a month between June and September and are listed on the Dinghy Calendar. Taster sails can also be booked during Discover Sailing, the Club's Open Day in May. Separate booking arrangements apply for Discover Sailing.
Each taster sail lasts 45 minutes. The Beach Crew will help you into the boat, although you should be prepared to get wet. It may be necessary for you to climb into a support boat, which is a fast rib, and transfer to the Argo out in the Bay. The helm will get you sitting comfortably before giving you a sailing experience around the bay. At the end of the sail you will either need to jump out of the Argo onto the beach, or transfer to a support boat.
You should come in comfortable, relaxed clothing, a wetsuit is ideal but if you do not have one a track suit or leggings are fine, wear beach shoes or trainers and bring a wind proof layer even if it is warm on the beach. A hat for the conditions is also useful. You may also wish to bring sun cream and a drink.
The Club will provide and fit a buoyancy aid if you do not have one of your own. Please note you should not wear a self-inflating life jacket.
After the sail you will be able to shower and change in the Club. There will also be an opportunity to meet other members and chat through the Club application process if you would like to.
If you would like to arrange a taster sail please in the first instance email us and we will be in touch to make the necessary arrangements. Please include the names of everyone who would like to sail, and the ages of anyone under 18 years old.
Cadets need to be at least 7 years old and accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. We can only offer one taster sail per person due to the limited opportunities available.
We look forward to meeting you and showing you why sailing at Axe is such fun!