Fireworks at Castle Cove. Friday 5th November

Please join us for our annual Fireworks display

 on Friday evening. There will be a small bonfire (small because it is COP week) followed by a pyrotechnic marvell orchestrated to music by our very own Jock.  Please bring your own music. There will be hot dogs available to buy and consume on the balcony while you gaze, open mouthed at the spectacle before you. 


3pm - Building the fire under the careful supervision of Michael John Abbott

5:30 - 6pm lighting of the bonfire - please bring your own sparklers

7 pm  - Let the fireworks begin.

comedy coming to Castle cove sailing club soon

No , it's not me trying to sail my new International Canoe, although that will be funny, it's a full evening of original comedy brought to you by Heckle & Squelch.

Comedy coming to Castle Cove soon.

Supporting “The friends of Castle Cove Beach Charity” the CCSC are hosting an evening of tomfoolery and humour with the help of Heckle and Squelch comedy club. 

4 great comedians headlined by the hilarious Philip Simon. A professional comedian and actor who is a staple on the UK comedy circuit, aswell as having performed internationally from as far a field as Sweden to New Zealand.

A talented TV comedy writer his credits include Mock the Week and News-Jack. 

So come along for a guaranteed (not in law) evening of comedy entertainment. 

parking available on site & nearby roads
Licensed bar with one of the best views you can get
Open to non members of CCSC

Venue opens from 7pm - shows starts 8pm prompt. 

Tickets available 
Online via link
DM heckle and squelch comedy 
James 07966631080
Lisa 07967015263

looking forward to 2022

With the majority of the 2021 season behind us it's time to think of how we would like next season to be. 

To start this planning process we hold two meetings prior to the Annual General meeting 

I am proposing that we hold a dinghy meeting after racing on Sunday 17th October with. Z class meeting the following Friday evening 22nd October at 7:30 pm.

I will email out an agenda for each meeting shortly but if you have an ideas that you would like to have added to the agenda please let me know by emailing

I hope to see any many of you as possible at the meetings. 


New members day re- visited

Thanks to Paul Westwood, our new Social Secretary, for these images of the new members day held on 25th September 2021.

New members day

Fantastic weather to try a boat at the castle cove sailing club New members day.

During the last 18 months,castle cove has seen a steady rise in membership and on Saturday 25th of September, Vice commodore, Andy Adler inviteded  members both new and established ( I almost said old) to a fantastic Barbecue on the club balcony. It provided a great opportunity to mingle and meet new potential crew. 

This was followed by a "sail for all" session which gave members a chance to try a different boat for a change. While it started in almost no wind a gentle zephyr filled in just enough for a pleasant sail.

Hello Autumn


The nights are drawing in.

September has been quite a month so far . We have just completed the RS 800 and 700 nationals which was a great success thanks to Rob and Sandra Smith's great organisation and their team of volunteers. Ian Green kept order on the dinghy park while Bill Barker ran the 'on the water' activities. 

This Wednesday evening  saw the last of the evening races for 2021 and as the sun set on the Sunset series we were treated to my favourite type of  stock clearance as Graham reducd the beer to £2.00 per pint.

And while we look back on a fantastic summer of sailing we can also look forward to a full calendar ahead.  The Autumn series starts for class 9 dinghies this Sunday,19th September. 

I will be your race officer and If you are going to participate, please note that the start time is 10:30 so please remember to set you alarm clocks! It's also the Ironman event that day so leave yourself a bit more time to travel to the club just in case of road closures.

Next weekend on Saturday 25th will be a day to welcome this season's new members with a day of sailing and  a Barbeque.  Please sign up on the spreadsheet that Andy Adler has previously circulated. It's going to be a great opportunity for new members to meet existing members and for those existing members to take potential new crew for a sail and extol the virtues of their particular craft.

Phew, there's a lot going on but that's all after I prepare my car for its MOT!

See you on the water


National champions coming out of our ears....

 .....well not really but it feels like it!

I have just heard the Sam Barker has won the Contender National Championships in Plymouth. Well done Sam fantastic result.

 Another Castle Cove regular, Rob Smith, finished 5th.  

Great results you might think and you'd be right but there's more..

Simon Hawkes sailed to a decisive win and became the K1 National Champion in an event that finished on Sunday

while Rich LeMare took second place at the Hadron Nationals.

Meanwhile, up North ( a long way north) Adam Bowers became the first person to win the Dragon class prestigious Edingburgh Cup, three times.

All impressive stuff I am sure you will agree but they were all trumped by Benjamin Pascoe winning the much coveted Castle Cup...... with a bit of help from Dad and Nanny.

If this keeps up we will have a real dilema when it comes to awarding the Trailer boaerd trophy for best result outside of the club.

That's a nice problem to have though!!!

Castle cup for class 9. September 5th

The Castle cup is another great cup that has a great history in the club 

First awarded by Henry VIII when his castle still had a roof on, this cup carries the names of some our greatest sailors from the past.

For your chance to become part of this history please come to the club on Sunday September 5th 2021 and take part in a two race series.

First start 2pm with the second to follow as soon after the first finish as possible.

The weather looks set to be gorgeous so come and enjoy some beautiful sailing and make Henry proud 



Sail4All - Racing Fundamentals

Racing is a core activity at CCSC and will be the "theme" of Sail4All during the month of August. The three sessions in August will cover the fundamentals of racing,; including starting options, mark rounding and sailing around a course. Sail4All will culminate this month in the CCSC Novice Race (Saturday 28th).  For our confidence builders, and others who may find it of interest, HERE is a short brief covering some of the fundamentals of sailing. Embedded within the brief are videos illustrating starting options, mark rounding advice and the starting sequence used at CCSC.

Sail4All - Rules of The Road.

The "theme" for our confidence builders during August is "Racing Fundamentals". Racing is a core activity at CCSC and all members are welcome to participate. By its very nature, racing requires all sailors to be confident when sailing at close quarters. Close quarter sailing requires good boat handling skills and application of the rules designed to avoid collisions. The race course is governed by the "Racing Rules of Sailing" which are, to an extent, underpinned by maritime Rules of the Road, the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. HERE is a short brief on the Rules of the Road with which all sailors in the club should be familiar.

Keelboat MOB day Saturday 14th August. Keelboat Skippers, Crew and all interested in crewing, this is for you!

Just a little reminder about the Keelboat MOB day on Saturday the 14th August.

There will be discussion on prevention, immediate actions and retrieval of MOB.  There will also be emergency liferafts and lifejacket inflation demonstration.   Plus on the water demonstration of retrieval of the RNLI dummy.  Overall a very thought provoking day.

Open to those with or without boats, just come along on the day.  All we ask is that you bring £1 or more for the RNLI.  Starts at 0930 for coffee.  

There are also some crewing opportunities in the last few crusing trips so come along if you are interested.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Basso Cup. 31st July & 1st August

 Notice of Race

The Basso cup is one of the oldest and most revered trophies in the Castle Cove Treasure chest.

This year the dinghies will contest for the Basso cup in a series of four races. When more than three races have been completed a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

The keelboats have the opportunity to race a long distance race on Saturday afternoon.

The Schedule

Saturday Class 9 ( All dinghies) 2 races

                    Race one start 14:00

                    Race two start back to back.

                 Class Z ( All Keelboats)

                    Long distance race Start at 14:05

Sunday Class 9 (All dinghies) 2 races

                    Race three start 13:00

                    Race four start back to back.

Social : If the weather is absolutely gorgeous ( or if you just fancy something different) then grab the Club barbeques and have a self help BBQ on the lawn / Balcony. 

Have a great time and I look forward to seeing you on the water soon.


Sail4All - Coming Alongside

Sail4All on Saturday 24 July (14.00 on the water) continues July's "safety" theme for our confidence builders, with "Coming Alongside". Please click on the LINK to open a short briefing on the technique, illustrated by a video demonstration in a double-handed dinghy.

Sail4All remains a free sail on a non-race day with safety boat cover and beachmaster support. Full details of Sail4All and its embedded confidence builder themes may be found on the club website training page ( Come and join us. 

Sail4All - Man Overboard!!

Sail4All on Saturday 17 July (14.00 on the water) maintains July's "safety" theme for our confidence builders, with "Man Overboard" recovery. Please click on the LINK to open a short briefing on the RYA's favoured Reach/Tack/Reach method for recovering a man overboard from a dinghy, and an excellent video of Dame Shirley Robertson demonstrating the technique. Single-handers may think this doesn't apply to them; however, the technique does practise boat handling skills that often apply in other scenarios (e.g. coming alongside, picking up a mooring or even recovering gear that has fallen overboard).

Sail4All remains a free sail on a non-race day with safety boat cover and beachmaster support. Full details of Sail4All and its embedded confidence builder themes may be found on the club website training page ( Come and join us.

Sail4All - Capsize Recovery

Sail4All returns on Saturday 10 July (14.00) after a break for the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta. A free sail with safety boat and beachmaster support, next week's Sail4All will present our confidence building sailors with an opportunity to witness a demonstration of capsize recovery and the support that can be provided by a safety boat in attendance. The demonstration (and Golden Globe winning repartee) will be delivered by our resident RYA Senior Instructor, Mick Church, within plain sight of the CCSC pontoon. Even if you are not one of our confidence builders, you may find the demonstration worthwhile. If you would like to practise your capsize recovery drill under Mick's supervision, let him know after the demonstration and your wish will be his command.

If you wish to get ahead of the game, a short brief on capsize recovery including some illustrative videos may be found HERE

 Alan Welling Cup this Sunday at Castle Cove

14.00 start for Dinghies (up to 7 races back to back)

14.05 for keelboats (1 long race)

3 min start sequence

No discards

This is our Endurance event of the year.

 Castle Cove Sailing Club Open Day 

Saturday 26th June 2021

Our Clubhouse and grounds will be open to visitors and members alike from 10.00 until 16.00.

Everyone is welcome so do come along and enjoy a day out at your remarkable local Sailing Club.

There will be:

- Various boats rigged for display
- Friendly boat owners and sailors willing to share their experience at every level 
- Many members available, happy to talk with you and show you around
- Our gardens will be open to wander around and play 'spot that plant'
- Our bar will be open 12-2 to wander around and play 'spot that pint'
- Light refreshments and picnic areas available all day
- And a 'Can't wait to buy it' 2nd hand sailing kit sale.

Make yourself known to one of our welcoming crew in the blue jackets for the best experience.

We look forward to seeing you there

'nuf said


Weymouth Dinghy Regatta 2021

RS 700/800 Nationals

9th - 12th September
Castle Cove Sailing Club
Old Castle Road

Tel: +44 (1305) 783708

Map for directions