As an RYA accredited training centre we've been providing practical and classroom training for a while; We are very pleased to anounce that we have now been approved as an online centre so all who can't make it down as often as they would like can now study from home for VHF, CEVNI, PPR, as well as Essential Navigation, Dayskipper, Yachtmaster Coastal and Ocean.
You can view all our current courses on Meetup
GYC invites London's dinghy sailors to race on October 2
We are very happy to confirm that the annual London Regatta, a series of races for sailing dinghies, will be hosted by Greenwich Yacht Club on Sunday 2 October.
Dinghy racing will take place on a series of courses marked out in the River Thames between the Thames Barrier and the Emirates Cable Car at the O2 Arena.
The Thames Barrier will operate its annual full closure test from 08.25 to 18.25 and during this time the Thames will be a non-tidal waterway with no through traffic. This is a unique day once a year for dinghy sailors without a 'tidal water' qualification to race on this stretch of river in a great festival atmosphere.
Over 50 entries are expected from our own members and from other clubs and sailing centres along the Thames and in other London locations. We invite applications to compete from London-based sailing centre and sailing club members in any class of dinghy (subject to final confirmation), please e-mail our Dinghy Captain Simon Powell at email@example.com.
Racing will take place from around 11am to 2pm, subject to weather conditions the day. There will be an Awards Ceremony in the clubhouse once the results have been finalised and presentations will be made by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Councillor Olu Babatola.
Spectators can watch from the Thames Path and Greenwich Yacht Club - the bar will be open from 12 noon with food available from 2pm. Parking spaces will be reserved for competitors so please don't come by car unless you're racing.
10 TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE ON THE RIVER
1. Wear a lifejacket that will inflate or a buoyancy aid that will take your weight
2. Wear appropriate footwear
3. Take a hand held radio or phone in a waterproof case
4. Tell someone where you are going
5. Ensure your tender is sea worthy
6. Always use your ‘kill cord’
7. Secure any luggage or large items that you may be transporting
8. On arrival, approach into the tide and secure tender with a bowline to your boat. Consider using a stern line as well
9. When secured. Choose your moment to disembark, check for passing clippers or wash to subside
10. Remember, one hand for you and one for the boat