Emsworth Sailing Club has a great variety of dinghy sailing to offer. The Club is accessible for about two to three hours either side of high water – don’t let the endless mud and weed at low water discourage you!

Dinghy activities consist of racing for both juniors and adults. The racing is often organised in partnership with the Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club with common courses and joint results. Most racing uses the Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system.

Popular classes at the Club include Laser, RS400, Wayfarer, Feva, Tera, Pico, Topper and Optimist.

Down-harbour races, which make up The Commodore's Cup, are longer distance races which go to the harbour entrance and Pilsey Sands. A special event amongst these is the Curtis Plate, which includes legs outside the harbour entrance.

A well-supported format is the Multi Series, where three short races are held on one day in the region of Sweare Deep. Evening racing is held during the summer as dictated by the tide. At the end of each season the Hare & Hounds is a closely fought inter-club competition between ESC, Emsworth Slipper and Thorney Island Sailing Clubs. Currently the Club hosts open meetings each year for the Laser and Feva classes.

Junior sailing usually begins on Saturday mornings in Optimists in the safe environment of the Mill Pond. There is a thriving social programme and organised training to the highest level. The Club is a recognised RYA Training Centre and a Volvo Championship Club.

In addition to racing, the Club is an excellent starting point for cruising around the harbour. Destinations include nearby Fowley Island, East Head at harbour entrance, and the Royal Oak at Langstone.


Tim Keeping
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