Tamworth Sailing Club

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Welcome to Tamworth Sailing Club

Tamworth Sailing Club is a very friendly and welcoming club situated on the banks of a 45 acre lake within the picturesque Kingsbury Water Park. For the competitive dinghy sailor we hold regular weekend races, competing for a variety of club trophies. For the more relaxed sailor we have social sailing just for the fun of it, and we also have a thriving junior’s club.

Sailing experience is not necessary as we offer RYA training courses designed to introduce you to sailing in a safe, supportive and enjoyable way. Sailing is something that individuals, couples, or all the family can take part in and we have regular sailors from 7 to 70+.

We have lots of information on the rest of our website so have a look around. We hope you will then be inspired to come along to the clubhouse on a sailing day and speak to us to find out more. (Check our calendar for our sailing days - the weekend is the best time to call in as there are usually more people around then).

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Learn to sail at Tamworth Sailing Club

Open Day - take that first step from spectator to sailor . . .

Saturday 9th April between 10:00 and 15:00

The open day is a great opportunity for you to come along and have a taste of sailing in one of our training boats helmed by an experienced sailor. If you have been inspired by the Olympics or the America's Cup, or have a New Year resolution to get out there and do something different, or just fancy trying a new hobby then come along and speak to our members who will be delighted to answer your questions about sailing and the club.

Sailing is something that individuals, couples, or all the family can take part in and we have regular sailors from 7 to 70+.

. . . and learn to sail

If you decide you want to take it further and learn to sail we run the RYA Level 1 (Start Sailing) course followed by the RYA Level 2 (Basic Skills) course. No previous experience is necessary to enjoy and succeed in these courses. The courses take place on alternate Monday and Tuesday evenings over a 10 week period starting in mid May and they always attract excellent feedback from our students. At Tamworth Sailing Club you are not just getting RYA training courses delivered to an excellent standard. You are also getting the ongoing support of fellow club members who will continue to guide and support you long after the course has finished.

The Juniors club will be on as normal in the morning until about 11:00 (ish - we tend to go on a little longer on open days for those juniors who want to stay on), so if you are especially interested in the juniors club, come along in the morning.

What to bring? This does depend on the weather on the day but generally several warm layers protected by a wind / water proof top are ideal along with sensible footwear such as trainers or canvas shoes. Buoyancy aids are provided by the club.

Click here for the 2016 Membership application form


Tamworth Sailing Club volunteers recognised by the RYA

Young Alex Two Tamworth sailors had their inspirational volunteer endeavours recognised by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the annual RYA Volunteer Awards in London on Friday (20 November 2015).

Tamworth Sailing Club’s Alex Simpson, from Hurley near Atherstone, was honoured with an RYA Lifetime Commitment award by sailing’s national governing body, which recognises individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years,

Meanwhile his Tamworth clubmate John Biggs, who lives in Whitestone, near Nuneaton, received an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award, for individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution, either over a period of time or a ‘one-off’ effort.

A total of 53 awards were bestowed upon volunteers from across the UK, recognising their exceptional generosity and dedication to boating. The awards ceremony and luncheon was held at One Great George Street, where each award winner was presented with a commemorative medallion and certificate.

A member of Tamworth SC for more than 30 years, 84-year-old Alex still sails each week. He is always on hand to meet and greet prospective new members at club open days and his sheer enthusiasm has been cited by many people as the one reason they choose to join the club. He has become ever-present during the club’s training courses for adult and junior members and is known for his extraordinary organisation and communication skills.

Young Jonh John, 64, meanwhile, has been a significant influence at the club over his 12 years, as both Commodore and Chief Instructor. John reinvigorated Tamworth’s training schedule, helping many locals to prosper and become regular sailors, and he is a key member of the team that runs Tamworth’s junior club on Saturday mornings. John still finds time to sit on different club committees and contribute to the club’s working parties.

Unbeknown to them both Alex and John were nominated for their awards by their fellow members at Tamworth Sailing Club before being selected as winners by the RYA Awards panel.

Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, said: “The RYA Volunteer Awards are our opportunity to say 'thank you’, on behalf of clubs and associations that affiliate to the RYA, to their volunteers, the people that really make a difference to help people get afloat. It’s our opportunity to take a bit of time out to appreciate the commitment these individuals make to the sport in helping people get afloat safely and enjoyably."

For more information about the RYA Volunteer Awards visit www.rya.org.uk/go/RYAVolunteerAwards


Tamworth Sailing Club takes delivery of 5 brand new Toppers

Thanks to a £10,000 grant from Sport England we have taken delivery of five brand new race rigged Toppers to supplement our junior training fleet. The dinghies were put through their paces by our Super Sailors during the recent public open day and were a very impressive sight indeed.

The club has a very active juniors section with the numbers taking part growing significantly over the last few years and the new boats can only help to increase participation in sailing. At Tamworth Sailing Club we aim to encourage juniors to take up sailing as a sporting and a social activity. We have juniors who have chosen sailing for their Duke of Edinburgh award, either as part of their skills or physical sections. Ex-juniors have even returned to help out for their volunteering section. We also aim to encourage those juniors who want more competition to take part in club racing here and further afield. The new dinghies will help us towards these goals and the timing is just about perfect as this year we welcome the Topper open meeting to Tamworth Sailing Club.


Places People Play legacy programme grant award

Update - the new building is now in full use especially by the club's very active juniors section. The official opening ceremony was on 5th April 2014 during our public open day.  The excellent facilities can only help us as we promote the sport and the impact was already evident on the potential sailors of the future.

We are grateful to Sport England for their generous support.

Original article - We are delighted that Tamworth Sailing Club has been successful in obtaining a grant of £35,280 from Sport England under its Places People Play legacy programme. This much needed money will allow us to build a new training room facility as well as improved storage for our training equipment and a workshop area. The new build will total about 100 square metres and is designed to withstand flooding which the park is prone to from time to time.

The club runs RYA approved training courses each year and is keen to encourage participation in the sport of sailing. Although a members’ club, membership is open to anyone and is not as expensive as might be thought at just over £3 per week for a family. The new build will provide an improved training room which will also be used by the club’s very active juniors club, which might just produce a future Ben Ainslie.


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