Dinghy Section

Committee Committee News Entry form Racing Programme Results NoR, SI and other documents

Cardiff Bay Yacht Club Dinghy Section

The Dinghy Section runs its own events and also controls the storage of dinghies in the compound.

There are approximately 100 spaces in the dinghy compound and we expect people to use their boats at least six times a year to qualify for a berth. The policy is designed to encourage active sailors and is rigorously enforced. The participation of members who race is monitored via race results whilst the ‘cruising’ members who sail for fun are required to record their activities in log books which are kept in the General Office and bar. In addition, we expect people to help at least once a year with the safety boat for Club and Open events and also the odd working party throughout the season.

The club’s “adopted” classes are the Optimist, Topper, Laser, Laser 2000, and Flying Fifteen. New members who don’t have a boat are strongly recommended to purchase a boat in one of these classes. The dinghy committee is also keen to promote a high performance Asymmetric dinghy.

Sailing is normally within the barrage. Boats can be sailed at any time but there will only be rescue cover during Club and Open events. However, there are harbour personnel on duty 24 hours a day.

Racing, which is organised in association with the Cardiff Yacht Club, is held on Sundays from February to November. There is also evening racing on Wednesdays from May to September. There is always advice on hand from experienced members to help newcomers, and the section is planning to organise a number of race training events throughout the year to encourage members to join in club racing.

There are a number of Open events planned, including the club Regatta, an Asymmetric Open and a Flying Fifteen open.

We aim to have an informal social evening at the end of each series, together with a laying-up supper at the end of the year. In the spring, we will organise a “try a boat” day with an associated social event to allow members to try boats in the adopted fleets.

The Dinghy Section members are some of the most active and social sailors in the Club, which is not surprising given the fantastic water and easy access at all times. For further information, please contact Idris Dibble (Dinghy Chairman) tel 029 2025 2973/email idris_dibble@hotmail.com).