Dinghy Sailing

Wivenhoe Sailing Club has a thriving dinghy section. The boats that sail include Wivenhoe One Designs (WODs), Lasers, Flying Fifteen, Wanderers, Wayfarers, Mirror Miracles, Solos and Topazes to name but a few.

Many members enjoy a quiet sail on our beautiful river exploring water and taking the opportunity to appreciate the wildlife. Our river is home to a number of diverse bird species and it is not unusual to see a seal or the occasional otter.

Members new to the river are advised to take a walk at low tide to see where the mud collects and to time their sail whilst the tide is coming in. It is possible to sail at least 2 hours before the tide. Members who sail regularly will be happy to advise further.


The club also organises a range of sailing opportunities all of which have safety boat support:

Handicap Races: There are regular Handicap Class races throughout the season usually on a Sunday starting in February with the Frostbite Series and going through to late December.

Pursuit Races: Usually held in the evening during the summer.

Short Social sails: These sails are usually to Whitehouse Beach and in the surrounding waters. A safety boat will be present. All are welcome and this is a good opportunity for less confident sailors, those wanting to develop their skills or those new to the river to sail with support.

Long Social sail: Weather and tide allowing , this is a day sail during the summer with support boats to places such as Second Beach just passed Brightlingsea and Mersea Stone

Regattas: We organise racing in the Rowhedge and Wivenhoe Town Regattas.

The bar is often opened after these events and sometimes we have a DIY barbecue.

Dates of planned sailing events can be found in the club calendar. Members who are interested in dinghy sailing can also join the club WhatsApp group which will have the latest information .

You do not need to own a dinghy to participate. There are a number of club owned sailing dinghies available for members. See more information on the Club Boats here.

The club welcomes new members. And for those who are a little nervous, the Club can pair you up with someone who is experienced at sailing on the river to get you started.

If you would like more information regarding, dinghy sailing activities , racing or simply learning to sail then come along on Friday evening after 8pm or email.