Datchet Water Sailing Club Weekend news

The weather is looking good for a bank holiday weekend of sailing. The courses are running as normal for all juniors. We are open on bank holiday Monday and look forward to seeing you. Wednesday night series starts next week along with This Girl Can on Thursday night and Ladies that Launch on Friday morning. We have a Safety Boat course scheduled for 3rd and 4th June, places available contact Stuart to discuss. First Aid course running 7th May limited places available but you can book via the website.

There are Open Weekend and Learn to Sail flyers available from outside the office. Please take one and post it at work or school and lets spread the word about our wonderful club.

Wishing you and yours a happy bank holiday weekend.

Team Datchet

What’s on at the Club this Weekend?

Dear Members,

The wind is looking great here at the club this weekend. It would be great to see all of you on the water.

Fleet Championships

This Sunday is the First part of the Fleet Championships. It would be great to see as many of you on the water as possible. The Race Officer will be Tristan Beckett and on Safety will be Jeremy Bennett.

Please see below the link to the SI’s and NOR’s


‘The Kids are Back’ 

This weekend we see the start of our junior courses for the spring and summer season. On Saturday we will be running the Saturday Club AM and PM sessions run by Stuart and on Sunday afternoon it will be the start of our 20kt Squad. We are all looking forward to a great training season ahead.

New RS Feva’s

We are getting our new RS Fevas delivered on Saturday morning ready to be promptly rigged up to be used in a sailing course in the afternoon.

RYA Youth Nationals Success

We would like to congratulate Jordan Giles and Alex Smallwood at this years RYA Youth Nationals at Hayling Island SC. Jordan is a Laser Radial sailor here at Datchet and he places 3rd overall this year. Jordan is also heading up this years Laser Radial training here at the club so if you see him around, be sure to say well done. Alex is a 420 sailor at the club and placed 1st for the second time at the Youth Nationals. Alex is a great ambassador at the club. He was a large factor to us winning the Trident Top Club award from Sailjuice this year.

Push the Boat Out 2017

We have our Annual Open Weekend ran with the RYA Push the Boat Out on 20th/21st May. We are looking for volunteers to help us show off our amazing club. If you would like to be part of this, please click on the following link and fill out the form below. We will then contact you regarding more information:

Open Day Volunteers Form

If you would like to know more information about our Open Day and what is happening, please give us a call (01753683872) or come and see us in the office.


To see the weather forecasts for this weekend, please click on the following link

Weather Forecasts

Have a good weekend and see you on the water,


RYA Press Release: Datchet Water SC sailor Alex Smallwood takes second Youth National title

A huge congratulations to Datchet sailor Alex Smallwood and his crew for topping the podium at this years RYA Youth Nationals. Keep up the great work guys!

See below the RYA Press Release:


RYA Press Release


20 April 2017

Smallwood takes second Youth National title

Sailing talent Alex Smallwood from Beaconsfield secured gold, after five days of challenging racing at the 2017 RYA Youth National Championships (8-14 April). The 17-year-old took to the racetrack in the 420 class along with teammate Ross Thompson, racing against the cream of British Youth Sailing.

Over 370 young sailors from across the United Kingdom converged on the waters of Hayling Island for the premier competition in the youth sailing calendar which, for some, may yet provide a springboard into a future Olympic campaign.

Dominating the 420 fleet from the outset and securing gold with a day to spare, Alex Smallwood (Datchet Water SC) and Ross Thompson were the runaway winners.

For Smallwood, this is a second Youth Nationals title: “It feels really good to win the Youth Nationals again, it’s been a pretty challenging week and we’ve worked really hard for it.”

His crew, Thompson, added: “We really enjoyed the mix of conditions and the one really windy day, which was good fun. It’s made for really good competition.”

Topping the podium will give Smallwood a huge boost as he keeps training in preparation for a summer of international events against the best 420 sailors from around the world.

Mark Nicholls, Event Director, said: “It’s been an absolutely fantastic week at Hayling Island.

“The club and the volunteers are outstanding and have really supported a wonderful event.

“The weather has cooperated and the standard of sailing has been the highest I think I’ve ever seen. It’s been a brilliant event.”

Alex Smallwood and Ross Thompson,420,GBR 55015



Wednesday Night Racing

The sun is back, the evenings are getting lighter. Wednesday night racing starts with two fun races on 19th April & 26th April, with the series starting in earnest on 3rd May.


We are looking for a Race Officer and an Assistant Race Officer for 26th April and 16th August and someone to assist the Race Officer on 17th May. Please contact sailing@dwsc.co.uk if you can fill one of these slots.
There is catering and the bar available from 6pm. The main meal is served once the sailors are ashore.


We look forward to seeing you soon.


Thursday Night ‘This Girl Can’ starts 4th May at 6:30pm

Re-Scheduled Fleet Championships Pt1

Fleet Championships rescheduled to 23rd April

The first round of the fleet championships (originally scheduled for 12th March – when there was no wind) has been rescheduled for 23rd April.  Please find the NoR and SI’s here https://www.dwsc.co.uk/racing-2/club-racing-2/club-series-docs/.  There will be 4 races counting to the Fleet Championships, 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon, with the first 2 races also counting to the Spring Series

See you on the water (in your best St George’s Day outfit)