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About Us

Datchet Water Sailing Club is a members club, run by the members for the members with the additional support of paid staff. It is a club "Where membership matters" and our core values reflect how we see the club and how we want the club to be seen by others.

The sailing water is almost two kilometres long and over a kilometre wide making it large enough for all dinghy classes, small keelboats, foilers and catamarans and great for Windsurfing, Wingfoiling and Stand Up Paddleboarding. There are 300 meters of beach and astroturf to make rigging and launching easier.

The water is open Wednesday to Sunday and bank holidays excluding Christmas Day, weather permitting. Whenever the water is open, patrol boat cover is provided.


What We Do

Sailing

Traditional classes are well represented at the club with Flying Fifteens, Wayfarers and Lasers all having a strong following. We welcome foiling dinghies, asymmetric & symmetric classes, single-handers & double-handers as well as boasting one of the largest inland catamaran fleets in the country.

Club racing takes place year-round on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday evenings during the summer there is a very popular handicap series for sailors of all abilities to join in. We also host a number of open meetings, including nations events throughout the year.

Datchet Water Sailing Club is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised Training Centre, On-Board Club and British Youth Sailing Recognised Club. We offer tuition at all levels.

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Junior and Youth Sailing

Datchet Water Sailing Club offers a wide range of opportunities for a Junior & Youth sailor including youth-only starts for club racing, holiday courses, term-time courses and the change to compete in the regional & national events that take place at the club.

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Windsurf, Foil & Wing

The great length of the reservoir and the uninterrupted wind are very attractive to windsurfers, windfoilers and wingfoilers. Datchet has an active and growing group of windsurfers & wingfoilers, the group is really friendly and welcomes new members. There is a large astroturf rigging area and kit storage pods subject to availability & fees.

We are also delighted to be working with James Hardy to offer windsurf coaching sessions to our members.

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Club Facilities

As well as having a fantastic reservoir to sail on we also have a great clubhouse with modern facilities. These include large changing rooms, with warm showers powered by the water source heat pump, canteen, lounge, classrooms & boardroom. All of which is solar-powered, we've won Green Club of the year twice, check out more of our sustainability here.


Member Duties & Volunteering Opportunities

Datchet Water Sailing Club is a members club, run by its members with the assistance of staff, for its members. All members are required to complete a number of duties each year as part of their membership unless they choose to buy out. We also have a number of other volunteer opportunities which help develop what we offer.

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Last updated 11:15 on 28 May 2021

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