Welcome to the CYC Dinghy Section, which provides a focus for all the Club’s immediate waterfront activities: training and coaching, racing and cruising, sailing and small powerboat operations. It manages an extensive dinghy park, offering probably the best value storage on Chichester Harbour. It looks after a number of Club boats which are provided for hire, training and safety purposes, and benefits from the Club’s well provided changing facilities and training rooms, as well as the restaurant and bar areas.
Dinghy racing is organised for Club members most weekends from April to October. Standard Race Series run on a Saturday or Sunday over four to six weekends, with two or three races a day. New for 2020, we are running a series for novice racers. We also run an Evening Series over the summer. The majority of races are in Handicap Fleets. All classes of dinghy sailed in the Club are welcome to join in the racing.
Racing at CYC is run by the members using volunteers to man safety boats and run the races.
Open meetings are held throughout the year for a number of classes, including Merlin Rocket, Solo, Europe Laser, 2000, Topper and Optimist. There is also a Chichester Yacht Club Regatta. Dinghy Week, Frozen Toe & Snowflake Series are all Open Meetings.
Dinghy Week is a relaxed 5 day programme of racing, training and social activities. There is a particular focus on families and juniors, but extensive adult participation! This is an Open Meeting, and all sailors are welcome. You can enter for the full week, or just join in on a daily basis.
Chichester runs 2 Open Winter Series, Frozen Toe (November-December) and Snowflake (January-March). These popular events regularly attract over 80 boats and are normally every other Sunday (depending on tides).
RYA Training Centre
Chichester Yacht Club is a RYA Recognised Training Centre. We offer RYA courses for junior beginners and improvers. These courses are offered to members and non-members. Members only adult coaching is offered to all abilities : Beginner, Intermediate and Race Coaching. We can also arrange certificated training on an ad hoc basis .
DINGHY SAILING TRAINING
There are regular training and coaching sessions for Club members, both adults and juniors. The Club has a small fleet of boats available for hire by Club members: Optimists, Toppers, Fevas, Lasers, a 2000 and Argos.
The Club also offers courses in Race Management, Powerboat skills and First Aid. There are sessions for Midweek Sailing (formerly Women on Water –men welcome!), After School Sailing and Cruising skills.
The Club is perfectly placed for leisure sailing in the beautiful waters of Chichester Harbour, with popular trips to local villages and beaches. The Club is open on weekdays as well as at weekends and all facilities are available to cruising Club members.