The RDYC Ladies Afloat section is a very successful section of the Club which thrives due to the enthusiasm and commitment of its members. We meet at the Club at 9am on Thursdays and aim to get out on boats soon after. The sailing experience of the members varies from complete novice to instructor but we all share a common enthusiasm for being on the water. The ethos of Ladies Afloat has remained the same over the years - to encourage lady members of the RDYC to build skills and confidence on the water so that they can actively participate in all the Club events. So whether you are new to sailing or have loads of experience this is a wonderful opportunity to ‘get out on the water’ and make new friends.
We do not provide training courses but there is the opportunity to learn from the wide diversity and depth of skills of our members. We do run Kick Start Sessions to review some of the basics at the start of the season. The Club runs RYA training courses and we actively encourage members to participate in those in order to accelerate their learning. Safety is paramount in all our activities and to that end we have an ‘Officer of the Day’ who gives a short but important briefing before we take to the water. In the past we have generally had a mix of half and full days. This year we are intent on having more full days.
On a routine Thursday there are opportunities to:
Cruise in a wide variety of yachts and keelboats
Or experience power and safety boats.
We also plan overnight trips going East or West visiting Salcombe, Torbay or even up the river to Dittisham. If the weather allows we may even go further afield. All of our sailing is both tide and weather dependent so there will be the inevitable last minute changes of plans. We have picnics, BBQs and all our meetings have lovely home-made cakes. It came as no surprise to me that Ladies Afloat produced their own cookbook a few years ago! Looking at our programme you will see a variety of other events.
We co-ordinate our events online using ‘Groupspaces’. To be included in the circulations please contact the RDYC Office. Do join us and you will receive a very warm welcome.