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Located on the north shore of the River Medway close to the village of Hoo, near Rochester in Kent. It prides itself on being a very friendly club that welcomes all visitors and new members. It is probably the largest club solely for dinghy sailors in the north of Kent.
The club is located in woodland on a south facing hillside next to a shingle beach from which you can launch and recover dinghies at any stage of the tide. We have a full racing and training programme and the river provides an excellent cruising area.
From our start line between Upnor and Hoo Marina, we generally head upwind and then downstream venturing as far east as the South Kent bouy situated at the mouth of the Medway. Using channel bouys we set courses based on the wind conditions enabling the Race Officer of the day to create a great race every Sunday.
Wilsonian Sailing Club has facilities to allow all types of dinghy sailing throughout the year. The club has a development plan to ensure its facilities are kept up to modern standards.
The tracks in the dinghy park have been recently repaved with block work to make it easy to move boats around the park
There are two slips that can be used to access the river through gates which are unlocked on race days. Each has a freshwater hose by the gate for washing down boats and sails. There is a motorised winch for pulling the heavier dinghies and safety boats up the slips.
The majority of weekly racing is held between the club and buoy 16 for the Fast Handicap, or buoy 22, near Kingsnorth Power Station for other classes, but a number of races go further afield. Starting is generally from the fixed club line set across the river from the Race Box in the Dinghy Park, but special events such as Commodore's races and the 3-Race Regatta are started from a committee boat.
February and March
April to October
November and December
The club organizes dinghy cruises in addition to the race programme. These cruises which are always timed around high waters are aimed to take members in their dinghies to places on the river the normal race courses do not venture to.
This can include sailing up to Aylesford, the limit of tidal access on the river, and around the creeks of the estuary closer to the sea. The coastal environment of the Medway estuary is of international importance for many migrating birds.
All cruises are accompanied by a safety boat.
Laser 2000 have their own fleet, which the club supports with class prizes and by providing them with their own starts in Class Series Racing; these classes also organize events of their own and give a lot of assistance to their more novice members.
Within the handicap fleets, the following classes regularly race:
Fast Handicap (Portsmouth Number up to 1000)
Medium Handicap (Portsmouth Number 1001 to 1131)
Slow Handicap (Portsmouth Number 1132 and above)
Wilsonian SC is a RYA Recognised Training Centre and provides training in dinghy sailing and powerboating and is open to all members of the public.
National Dinghy Sailing Scheme - aimed at adults
Youth Sailing Scheme - for junior/youth members
For more information on the training courses we run throughout the year, please user the enquiry form above
The club has a fleet of boats available for members to hire and are intended for:
If you wish to hire a boat, see the Chief Duty Officer on the day and he/she will allocate the boat, explain the hire conditions and take the hire fee.
Current rates are £10 per single hander and £20 per double hander for the day.
Racing Juniors £5 each
The club takes the Health and Safety of its members and other users of the river and local environment very seriously.
During race days we have access to up to 3 RIBs which are used as safety boats for the different fleets that are sailing on any given day. The RIBs are skippered by members who have all completed the RYA Level 2 Power boat and Safety Boat courses.
The role of the safety boats is:
Level 2 Power boat and Safety boat courses are run annually for members.
The club is keen to help maintain the river and its shoreline to a high environmental standard and participates in an annual rubbish collection along the Medway shore.
In addition to the sailing programme the club runs social and fund raising events for its members.
Hot and cold lunches are served between races every Sunday during the season.
Examples of special events include:
Whilst we encourage our members to sail, they do not have to, and some just enjoy the social events. The House committee work as a team to organize the volunteers needed to put on these events.
A major event is the Medway Dinghy Regatta in July when many visitors come to enjoy the challenges of competitive sailing on the Medway estuary. During the regatta there is a BBQ and disco on the Saturday night as well as catering throughout the weekend.