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Overview of Leasing and Hiring


The Club has offered for many years the free use of all Club owned boats including the Toppers awarded to the Club via the JMST programme. Year on year there has been a mixed uptake of these Boats via the booking system. However, following a review of the last two years there has been a downturn in the regular utilisation of these dinghies by Juniors and Adults. In addition, the dinghies have often been left dormant or parts borrowed. This has led to additional financing when preparing the dinghies for the Training or RTC Inspections. The Club covers the insurance for every Club owned dinghy.

We have therefore looked at other Club models for leasing and hiring that have more beneficial and successful outcomes. As a Pathway Club we offer not only the sail training to all ages, also we offer race coaching. In the past this has been most successful when juniors have had:

a) their own dinghy or b) a JMST Topper and c) regularly assigned dinghy to take part in the coaching sessions.

The Club resources are not being regularly utilised other than for fun activities at Friendly Friday Sailing evenings. As much as the Club wishes to continue with these evenings, we require dinghies to be utilised for the purpose of sailing and the ongoing development of all individuals. We need to ensure that the sailing is the fun activity and dinghies are treated with respect and care as valuable assets. With this in mind, the FF Sailing with be refreshed in its approach.

We wish to see more members on the water more often and Club resources regularly utilised. The focus we believe will be provided if a member has an assigned resource (dinghy) via a leasing option. There will still be a fleet of boats that can be booked for single activities too.


Actively increase the participation of members in sailing activities

Increase the resources available at the Club if these initiatives provide positive outcomes.

  • Improve the training boat offering to increase capacity in particular to younger sailors aged 8-12 and to the adult / female membership

Key initiatives

The club has identified several initiatives from a review of dinghy usage in 2018/2019

We wish to ensure:

  • 1.Continued participation through the club Junior Development Programme
  • a.Sailing and Racing opportunities
  • 2.Non-boat owning sailors who are enthusiastic and wish to develop their sailing and racing skills have access to a club resource
  • 3.Reduce 14-24 year old participation drop-off
  • 4.Making sailing more female friendly (increase/retain female members)
  • 5.Targeting adult members and getting them back into sport


The club has identified strengths in developing sailors in the following pathways:

Single hander, Junior in Toppers, Youth in Lasers and Adults in Lasers.

The club also has active classes in:

Double hander: Double handers e.g. RS 200, Laser 2000, (mostly adults)

Keelboat: Small open keelboat Flying Fifteen. (mostly adults)

The club would like to develop:

Single hander, direct more sailors into Laser 4.7 / Radial

Double hander, Junior/ Youth directed via RS Feva. (closely aligned to weight/height)

Ensure those who have purchased RS200 and Laser 2000 dinghies have the regular opportunities to sail and race.

Purpose of Lease Scheme

The purpose of the scheme is to provide a member the opportunity to sail in a class before committing to buying a boat.

Separate try a sail and social sailing events are available for those who want to have an experience in a boat. The Picos, RS Visions will be available to take the inexperienced sailing on Friendly Friday Sailing sessions. All those who have taken up the opportunity to lease the Club dinghies will also be encouraged to take part in these events.

The aim of the club in leasing out dinghies is to meet the needs identified in the Club Development Plan.

Club boats available for Lease

Hire will be on offer for the Spring Series starting 29 March for 5 weeks. A set fee for £20 for any Dinghy to enable members to trial this opportunity. If they decide to lease the £20 will be deducted.

As of May 2020, the following boats are available to those wishing to lease a dinghy:

  • RS Fevas x 2 (Cost to lease each for the season: £100)
  • Laser Radial dinghies x2 (one optional as a standard rig) £100 Laser and £50 Laser
  • Topper dinghies x2 (may be one only if 3 Toppers are leased under the JMST programme) £50

Criteria for leasing club boats

Priority should be given in order as follows:

Applications only from Members

  • Priority shall be given to children in Family Memberships
  • If there no applications from the above category, Junior Members will be considered

Applicant MUST hold RYA NSS Level 2/YSS Stage 2 or demonstrate an appropriate level of competency to the RTC Principal or the Training & Admin Coordinator from the Club

Applications for the lease of a boat that is a suitable pathway for the applicant profile (age, ability, size etc.

*Toppers 8-15 yrs old, Weight range:40-60 kg / RS Feva XL max 15 yrs old, 85-110kg combined

** Laser 4.7 33-55kgs, Radial 55-75kgs & Full 75 kg plus

Application from a member who does not own a boat

Application from a member who has not had a JMST boat from the Club in the past 2 years

Should the Club receive multiple valid applications which meet the criteria. In the first instance, the Club will approach the applicants in an attempt to see if the lease can be shared (i.e. 2 months each: early, late summer points or Autumn series). Failing an agreement, a random draw will be used to allocate.

N.B. The exception to exclusivity is that Club Boats are made available during the week days for our Summer Sailing Courses. The Club will look after the Dinghy and organise any repairs that may be required from the utilisation on the Courses.

Purpose of Hire Scheme

The purpose is to provide members who do not own their own boat the opportunity to take part in sailing programmes. This is a shorter term opportunity.

Club boats available for Hire will only be available if all boats identified in the Leasing scheme have not been aligned.

Hire will be on offer for the Spring Series starting 29 March for 5 weeks. A set fee for £20 for any Dinghy to enable members to trial this opportunity.

Early Summer Season

Sunday only

9 weeks

Hire £30

Early Summer Season

Wednesday only

9 Weeks

Hire £30

Late Summer Season

Sunday only

9 weeks

Hire £30

Late Summer Season

Wednesday only

9 Weeks

Hire £30

  • RS Feva x2 *if not leased
  • Topper x 2 *if not leased
  • Lasers x 2 *if not leased

Criteria for Hiring Club boats

Same as per the Leasing Scheme

Last updated 16:13 on 11 March 2020

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