When are the Youth courses provided?2024-05-09T15:14:34+01:00

The CVLSC youth ‘season’ usually runs from around the end of April/ start of May through to the start of the school summer holidays.  Our RYA YSS qualification courses and our Chew Crew programme are run during that season.

Ad hoc training sessions are also organised at other times over the spring, summer, autumn and even winter.

Is Youth safety cover provided?2024-05-09T15:12:46+01:00

Yes, full safety cover is in place during all of our CVLSC youth training sessions with powerboat drivers of at least RYA PB2 Level.

How would I book a Youth course?2024-05-09T15:22:15+01:00

All of our courses and training sessions will be advertised in the club newsletter and website, and they will be bookable via webcollect (see above).

Will I definitely get a space for my young sailor?2024-05-09T15:24:15+01:00

We usually have a very high level of interest in our youth training and courses. We try to accommodate as many children and young people as possible.

Unfortunately, there are a maximum number of spaces available on each of our training sessions and courses. All of these are organised by our volunteer youth team and we have expanded our offering as far as we possibly can around our own work and family commitments. If you would like to get involved in helping to organise youth training and events in order to support, or expand our offering further, please contact the CVLSC Youth team.  Contact details are listed on the Youth Contact page.

What key information do I need to know about the Youth training and courses?2024-05-09T15:29:48+01:00

Once booked, further details will be provided about our courses and training. Please note the following key points:

  • We will need your young sailor to arrive punctually to maximise time on the water for the whole group.
  • Young Sailors must be registered on arrival and signed out by their parent/ carer before leaving.
  • Plenty of warm clothing should be brought each week, including windproof and/or shower proof jacket and a change of clothes and shoes in case your young sailor gets wet during rigging, briefings etc.
  • A selection of buoyancy aids may be available for use, but participants are expected to bring their own. The senior instructor or lead coach is responsible for assessing the suitability of participants’ own buoyancy aids for CE mark, adequate buoyancy (50N or more) and signs of wear and tear.
  • Appropriate clothing for the conditions should be owned and worn on the water, including protective footwear at all times. In certain conditions, you will not be allowed on the water without wearing a wet suit or drysuit. We encourage members to sell outgrown junior clothing at the Club via the club noticeboard etc. You may also find outgrown kit on the likes of Facebook Marketplace – one possible group is here – or on ebay.
  • Parents/ Carers will need to help their young sailors with rigging, de-rigging and storage of all club and their own boats unless you are asked not to by the Co-Ordination team or instructors on the day.
  • No boat is allowed to launch unless appropriate safety cover is in attendance and it has been cleared by the CVLSC Officer of the Day and the lead Dinghy Instructor/ Chew Crew Co-Ordinator for the relevant course or event.
  • All young sailors must be prepared to enter the water for capsize drill and be able to swim 25 metres, whilst wearing a buoyancy aid.
  • A parent or guardian should be on site at all times. If in exceptional circumstances only, it has been agreed with the Event Organiser that a young sailor can sail without their parent/ carer present, then another Club member must be nominated as temporary guardian/ loco parentis.
  • A parent or guardian should be prepared to help out as the courses and training sessions are heavily reliant on volunteer help. Any charges made cover our costs only and assume volunteer help in order to keep them priced as they are, rather than at more commercial rates. You don’t need to be an experienced sailor (there is all sorts of help needed!), and it’s fun to be involved. Help will include activities such as: helping with launching and recovery of dinghies and rescue boats; crewing rescue boats; acting as a shore co-ordinator; and helping to ensure everything is tidied up at the end of the session. Our youth sailing programme relies on adult parent/ carer volunteers for the wide range of roles that keep this youth sailing going. Parents/carers will be asked to indicate, in the space available, on the relevant course booking form, how, in particular, they can help with the relevant course. Further details will then be confirmed ahead of the day of the course commencing.
  • As required, volunteers/ helpers will be sent details of the necessary procedures to be followed for child protection and safeguarding, such as the completion of RYA/ CVLSC DBS procedures. Please don’t be offended by this; it is an essential procedure to protect our volunteers where required.
  • If the weather is bad there will usually be shore based activities and theory sessions arranged instead of being on the water. If in extreme situations, the sessions need to be cancelled entirely, we will be in contact with you about this.
  • Mast head floats will be used routinely on all sailing dinghies participating in RYA training. This may be waived for those participating in a start racing course or for particular training exercises, at the discretion of the instructor. They are an option to consider for all sailing dinghies participating in race coaching.
  • Boats not directly owned by CVLSC (e.g. boats owned privately by members or a third party organisation) must have valid insurance. When used during our training sessions, you will also be asked to complete a corresponding contract prior to these craft being used in training.
  • All communication is via WhatsApp (an encrypted messaging App which is available on smartphones or computers), and parents/ carers of all young sailors attending courses will be expected to join the relevant WhatsApp groups to be up to date with arrangements and logistics.
What dinghy should my young sailor sail?2024-05-09T15:31:06+01:00

The dinghies used on our various courses and training sessions are explained above. Parents (and sailors) often want to know which boat their young sailors should be sailing as they progress, and perhaps when they consider buying their own dinghies (see our youth page setting out helpful information in relation to buying your own dinghy).

The Youth Team are happy to discuss potential options for your young sailor.  In very basic terms, sailors should be in the weight range of the boat, and at the correct skill level, to have the greatest chance of success and, most importantly, fun.

Do I need my own boat? What kind of dinghies do the young sailors use?2024-05-09T15:08:18+01:00

All of our organised youth training courses are carried out in dinghies appropriate to the young sailor and to the conditions, in a range of CVLSC owned Optibats, Toppers, RS Teras, RS Fevas, RS Quests or Laser Pico dinghies. If you have one of these dinghies of your own, then your young sailor may be able to use it during our organised courses, but you should contact us to discuss this and will need to complete forms to authorise such use (such as committing required levels of insurance are in place and disclaiming liability for damage etc.)

Young sailors who are CVLSC members may be able to use club dinghies at other times when they are not in use on club courses and when the lake is open. Hire fees may be relevant depending on the age of the sailor and the dinghy they would like to use (see here). You can arrange such use and make payment to the club’s Duty Officer on the day.

We would actively encourage you to consider young sailors getting their own boats as they progress with this brilliant sport, so that they can start to sail more regularly and get more involved in the Club sailing and racing.  There are a wide range of classes sailed by current youth as part of the club racing programme, including Toppers, ILCAS and 29ers – see the class specific youth pages for more details. More information about buying your own boats is set out below.

How do I join CVLSC?2017-01-01T13:59:47+00:00

All prospective members, whether new applicants or ex members wishing to rejoin, must fill in a Membership Application Form available from the club Membership Secretary (see this website contacts page).

Is there a waiting list and if so what is the waiting time?2016-12-21T15:29:00+00:00

Our total membership is controlled by our lease and this does lead to there being a waiting list. The waiting time is influenced by many factors and it would be advisable to seek the current situation from the current membership secretary.

Do I need to own my own dinghy before I can join the club?2016-12-21T15:09:45+00:00

CVLSC encourages all members to own their own dinghy but the club does have some boats available for the novice to try out. It is possibly more important to establish the type of sailing one wants to undertake before purchasing your dinghy.

Do I need to know how to sail before I can make application to join CVLSC?2016-12-21T15:09:05+00:00

The simple answer is no.

Do you run sailing courses for beginners?2016-12-21T15:10:21+00:00

The club attempts to encompass most forms of sailing tuition – from the raw beginner to the experienced sailor who wants to improve his/her skills. All courses are RYA approved and certified.

Does the club own its own training dinghies?2022-07-13T15:09:55+01:00

The club does own a number of dinghies for training purposes including Optibats; Toppers, Quests, Tera’s and Fevas.

The boat locations are shown on the map.

Club boat sails and foils etc are stored in the hut opposite the main club entrance (or in the case of the Optibats in the Oppie store under the main steps)

Note: Club boats can be booked on the day through the OOD and may be restricted to a two hour time slot if there is a high demand. Priority is always given to RYA courses being held on that day.

Do I need to book a club Dinghy in advance?2022-07-13T14:40:19+01:00

There is no pre-booking facility for club dinghies. Therefore it is on a first come first served basis allocated on request by the OOD. Boats can be hired for a half or whole day. There is a hire fee payable for most club boat hire although under 16s enjoy free use of toppers and Optibats

Note: Club boats may be restricted to a two hour time slot if there is a high demand and priority is always given to RYA courses being held on that da

When is Sailing Permitted at Chew?2022-01-13T09:50:34+00:00

Permitted days are on Sat, Sun, Wed and Thu and those Bank Holiday Mondays where General Sailing is listed in the Calendar.

You may sail on those permitted days subject to rescue cover in accordance with the club safety policies.

At weekends, and those Bank Holiday Mondays with General Sailing, we roster rescue cover from 10:00 until 18:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
On Wednesdays rescue cover is rostered to cover the period 10:00-16:00 during the day, and in the evening from 18:00 when there is racing scheduled over the summer.
Rescue cover is also rostered for the Thursday Improvers/Start Racing and Fun Thursdays events listed in the Calendar.

You can view rostered rescue cover on Dutyman if you are unsure.

Remember, on permissible sailing days at times when there is no rescue cover rostered, sailing is still permissible provided RIB cover is provided in accordance with the Buddy Group Safety Policy

Sailing is NOT permitted before 10:00 and only when the club burgee is flying from the flagpole outside the clubhouse.

Sailing must end half an hour before Sunset

In Summer (15-Mar to 15-Sep) extra conditions apply
Sailing must end an hour before Sunset
Sailing may end at 18:00 at Duty Officer’s discretion.

How to subscribe to the calendar on your smart phone?2022-01-13T10:34:11+00:00

It is a good idea to subscribe to the calendar on your phone or tablet via the link below.

This will automatically refresh your personal calendar when we make changes to the site and ensure you are always up to date and easily able to see whats going on.

Subscribe to the website CVLSC Calendar …

Does any rescue cover have to be in place before any sailing can commence?2022-01-13T10:50:21+00:00

Yes, sailing is only permitted when at least two motorised rescue craft are on the water and in an operational condition.

Do you have facilities for the disabled, including sailing?2016-12-21T15:19:57+00:00

The club has two disabled toilets, a disabled changing room, a chair lift and a very active disabled sailing section referred to as CLADS. This website should be able to put you in touch with the disabled sailing section.

Are the club facilities and sailing available to the general public?2016-12-21T15:13:06+00:00

We are a member’s only club, as determined by our lease and are therefore not open to the general public; however members are allowed to bring sailing and non-sailing guests to the club.

Is there a maximum age?2016-12-21T15:19:22+00:00

Only you can tell that.

What is the minimum/maximum age for a junior seeking membership of the club?2016-12-21T15:18:50+00:00

People over the age of 12 and under the age of 18 (or 21 if in full time education) may seek application to join the club as individual members. However, if part of a Family Membership there is no minimum age.

What type of clothing do I need?2016-12-21T15:17:40+00:00

For safety reasons all persons going onto the water must wear a buoyancy aid and, when the temperature dictates, must wear suitable cold weather clothing i.e. wet suit/dry suit.

Can I bring guests to the club?2016-12-21T15:17:03+00:00

Members’ guests, both sailing and non-sailing, are welcome at the club; there is a small charge for crewing/sailing guests but no charge for non-sailing guests. All guests must be signed in and are the responsibility of the member who is hosting them.

What catering facilities are available?2016-12-21T15:16:34+00:00

The club has a professional galley which offers hot & cold lunches, breakfasts, afternoon teas and light refreshments. The galley is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm in the summer and 11am to 3pm in the winter. It is also open on Wednesday evenings from 6pm in the summer. The club also has a fully licensed bar which is open at the weekends and Wednesday evenings in the summer. The bar is run by volunteers and the bar manager is always looking for extra helpers.

Am I expected to undertake any duties at the club?2016-12-21T15:16:02+00:00

All club members are expected to undertake certain mandatory duties such as Duty Officer/Assistant Duty Officer; Rescue Boat Helm: Race Officer/Assistant Race Officer. The duty will depend upon the individual’s skills before being called to undertake Rescue Boat or Race Officer Duties. Appropriate Training is provided where necessary.

Can I windsurf; use a canoe; rowboat; powerboat etc at CVLSC?2016-12-21T15:15:28+00:00

Windsurfing is allowed during the winter months but only by full members of the club i.e. those who own and sail a dinghy. No other form of boating is permitted on the lake.

Are there any restrictions placed that limit the area available for sailing?2016-12-21T15:14:46+00:00

Our lease and the enjoyment and use of the lake by other users such as fishermen, bird watchers and conservationists limits our sailing area and all members must therefore familiarise themselves with the sailing area from the map in the main clubhouse.

Are there any restrictions on the type of dinghy I can sail at CVLSC?2016-12-21T15:14:04+00:00

All craft must be classed as sailing dinghies, must be of mono-hull design (with the exception of dinghies sailed by the disabled) and must not be fixed keel (with the exception on the Flying Fifteen). Currently twin foiling boats such as Moths are not allowed on the lake.

Do you run sailing courses for the general public?2016-12-21T15:13:37+00:00

The answer above also applies to this question. Please try the Bristol sailing school (0117 9073019), which operates from Baltic Wharf in the Bristol Docks.

Do you have recognised racing fleets?2016-12-21T15:20:29+00:00

CVLSC is one of the very fortunate clubs that still operates a fleet racing system; predominantly the fleets are Topper, Laser, Solo, Flying Fifteen and the A & B Handicap fleets.

Is there a waiting list and if so what is the waiting time?2016-12-21T15:08:33+00:00

Our total membership is controlled by our lease and this does lead to there being a waiting list. The waiting time is influenced by many factors and it would be advisable to seek the current situation from the current membership secretary.

How do I join CVLSC?2017-01-01T13:41:54+00:00

All prospective members, whether new applicants or ex members wishing to rejoin, must fill in a Membership Application Form available from the club Membership Secretary (see this website contacts page).

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