Sailing at Newtownards SC
Newtownards Sailing Club enjoys some of the best sailing water in Ireland. Clean, clear and safe, the club’s location on the North East of Strangford Lough is well suited to a wide variety of sailing activities; offering everything from windsurfing and dinghy racing to cruising. The expanse of shallow water at low tide provides a safe environment for beginners, yet there is sufficient depth at high water to permit launch and recovery of large yachts.
The club’s main fleet comprises the GP14, a dinghy that has evolved to form largest racing class in the UK and Ireland with an active and professional class association. see http://www.gp14.org/ . Alistair Duffin is a regular in the Newtownards fleet and is the leading boat maker in the GP class His boats have won many world championships. You can see him in work here: https://vimeo.com/71965767 (the camerawork and editing is by David Allen, another GP sailor).
Some sailing scenes can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBHmLoevMc0 .
Club racing takes place on Thursday evenings at 19.30 and on Sunday afternoons at 14.30 with fleet racing for the GP 14 and a general dinghy handicap for dinghies of other classes. There are often crewing opportunities and new members are encouraged to participate. There are some club boats for use by members.
Training takes place on Tuesday evenings, with RYA level 1 and 2 courses running through spring and into summer and windsurfing training running throughout the year. Private tuition can also be arranged by appointment.
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Our ever popular
Adult Sailing Course
has been postponed for 2020, due to COVID-19.
It may run later in the year. Please get in touch
via the Contact Us page for more information.