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Transition Squad

The transition squad is a free-of-charge clinic run regularly at weekends through the season to help our members develop their skills.

Who is it for - Adults and Cadets

Aim - To help keen sailors develop skills and confidence to join and enjoy club racing

Run by - Volunteers, so please help! This is not a sailing school or creche.


Sailing ability Competent to:-

1. Sail independently

2. Sail close hauled (close to the wind) up a beat, tacking and returning to close hauled.

3. Sail an upwind and downwind course, comfortable with both tacking an gybing

4. Rig your boat with minimal support

5. Launch and recovery safely unsupported


Access to a suitable boat

Dinghy insurance with Racing coverage, including 3rd party protection sailing SI's for full requirements.

Rules Knowledge

Collision Avoidance contact is not allowed!



Developing / applying rules will be discussed


All sailors are RESPONSIBLE for choosing to participate and for actions on and off the water.

Be friendly, supportive and helpful especially in helping each other to learn / launch and recover.

All under 16's must have a responsible adult on the water or at the club in case of emergency.

Volunteering - adults are expected to help, as BSC is a Volunteer club:

o Be prepared to get wet / muddy feet helping to pull boats / trolleys up and down the ramp to expedite launching and recovery. Don't wait to be asked, just get involved.

o Support / coach rib crew Experienced helms are desperately wanted, but also extra hands to act as crew. The more ribs we have afloat, the better support we can offer. This can also offer experience on the water, that should give you the confidence to volunteer for club duties.

o Cadets >16 yrs are expected to volunteer for at least 2 duties, signing up to crew a rib during club racing is a great way to watch and learn about racing.


The calendar time is "Ready to Launch":-

o Boats on the beach, rigged, sailed rolled/wrapped but ready to go.

o Sailors fully dressed including buoyancy aids.

A short 10-15min briefing / shore instruction will be held before launching.

Launching together, will be once the ribs are in the launching area.

Sailing will be 1-1.5 hours

Debrief will be once the ribs are ashore

To find out more please contact Stephen Cross on

Please also see the Introduction To Racing At BSC document below.


Last updated 12:29 on 4 March 2024

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