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The Sailing School

PBSC Sailing School is an integral part of the Club and is an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Recognised Training Centre (RTC). The aim is to introduce and promote sailing, in all its forms, in a safe and friendly club environment to our adult and youth members. The club is fortunate enough to have a wide experience range of volunteer RYA qualified instructors, comprising Assistant Instructors, Dinghy Instructors, Senior Dinghy Instructors, Catamaran Endorsed Instructors, Race Coaches and Power Boat Instructors.

Some of our Instructors and Coaches regularly compete at National and International sailing events in their respective class boats, and consequently are able to pass on high quality coaching and tuition.

  •  PBSC Sailing School is RYA accredited to teach Coastal :
  •  RYA Dinghy Level 1, 2 & 3 (Start Sailing, Basic Skills and Better Sailing)
  •  RYA Multihull Level 1, 2 & 3 (Start Sailing, Basic Skills and Better Sailing)
  •  RYA Dinghy Day Sailing
  •  RYA Dinghy Seaman
  •  RYA Dinghy Sailing with Spinnakers
  •  RYA Multihull Start Racing
  •  Youth Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing Stages 1 to 4
  •  RYA Power Boat Level 1 & 2
  •  RYA Safety Boat

Extracts from the Club’s mission statement:

  • Shall      promote sailing to develop a lifelong appreciation for sailing as an environmentally sustainable leisure and healthy lifestyle activity.
  • Will      promote a high level of skill and seamanship in the handling of small craft.
  • Will      aim to improve the calibre of racing at the club.

Adult Courses

The Sailing School offers evening classes to adult (18 years +) club members on Tuesdays through the Spring and Summer months, and Saturday classes in Spring and Autumn. These courses are run at attractive rates for members.

Tuesday evenings and Saturdays are generally dedicated to beginners with students working towards RYA Level 1 and 2 Dinghy certificates.

Also during the Spring and Summer months, the club runs on a Thursday evening, informal race coaching sessions, these are set aside for members that already have a basic or advanced sailing ability but wish to further their knowledge of racing, but in a more relaxed environment than the full blown Sunday Race series. This includes sailing with Spinnakers, Seamanship etc, these are run by our RYA accredited Race Coaches.

The Spring and Autumn Saturday courses are arranged to meet the requirements of new members joining during the season. These courses are usually preceded by ‘Taster’ days, when experienced club sailors introduce non-members to sailing.

Training is undertaken in either the club’s fleet of boats or individuals boats should they wish to use their own. The current PBSC fleet consists of Topper’s, Laser Pico’s, RS Feva, Laser 2000’s and RS Vision Dinghies as well Catamaran training in the clubs DART 16’s.

During the year, RYA Power Boat Level 1 & 2, as well as RYA Safety Boat courses are also run using the clubs fleet of RIB’s and Displacement boat. 2018 Courses are downloadable here

Course dates etc. are shown in the Sailing Programme, are downloadable  by clicking  and and are also advertised in the monthly club news magazine ‘Aquila’.


Courses are open to current club members only, however new members are always welcome to join the club at the time of enrolling for a course, and the course fees take this into consideration. All adults applicants must be 18 years or over, able to swim and be confident in water. Youth members must comply with the requirements in Cadet Training section below.

Cadet Training

The Sailing School runs a comprehensive Cadet Training scheme, with youngster from the ages of about six to eighteen being catered for, from beginner to National Squad members. (the RYA do recommend that training begins from 8 years of age)

The training is offered free to youth club members, however younger cadets up to the age of twelve must have a parent in attendance. Please contact the sailing school principal on sailingschoolprincipal@pbsc.eu