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Taster Sessions for Non Members

Taster sailing sessions for non members

Would you like to have a go at sailing and see if you like Ripon Sailing Club? Come along for a taster sail.

Taster sessions are offered to non-members, on specific dates throughout the April - September sailing season. You will need to be a member of the sailing club to join our beginner training courses. Two day, RYA beginner courses, are usually offered from May onwards and we often run 4 or 5 beginner courses between May and September.

Taster sails usually take place on selected Saturdays, Sundays, or early evenings on Wednesdays when we have safety boat cover and an experienced sailor available. Taster sessions can be booked for adults and children over the age of 7yrs, but please note that children under 16 will need to have an adult on site.

The sessions costs £30 per person or £50 for a couple or family (maximum: 3 adults, or 2 adults + 2 children under 16, or 1 adult + 3 children under 16) and usually last around an hour and a half. If you decide to join Ripon Sailing Club within a month of the taster sail, the cost will be deducted from your membership fee.

No special clothing is necessary, though we ask that you wear flat, secure footwear eg trainers. (No slip-on shoes or wellingtons). Bring warm clothing (layers are ideal) and a windproof top eg cagoul, to keep the wind from cooling you whilst out on our lake. Long hair should be tied up to prevent it getting tangled in the rigging.

During the session, one of our experienced sailors will take you out in a double handed dinghy and, if the wind conditions are suitable, you will have a go at steering the boat. Buoyancy aids are provided. During the session the helm will introduce you to the facilities we have at the club and give you information on membership and our RYA Learn to Sail courses, should you be interested.

To find out when our next planned taster sail day is scheduled, and for further booking information please contact

Last updated 14:00 on 16 April 2024

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