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Winsford Flash SC is an RYA training centre offering training for all abilities of sailor as well as the opportunity to race in our sailing series.

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01606 592726

 

Stocks Hill, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 4EE

 

winsfordflash@gmail.com

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BOATS

At Winsford Flash we sail a variety of boats. On a race day you can see many boats out on the water, from RS200's to Comets. As well as using your own boat, the sailing club has a wide range of boats that you can rent for the day, providing you are a member of the club. Below are the main types of boats sailed at the club:

ENTERPRISE

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An international sailing class, the one-design Enterprise with its highly distinctive blue sails, is a very popular boat at all levels. One of the finest boats designed by Jack Holt in the 1950’s, the Enterprise is still a well-supported class. The Enterprise design has withstood the test of time and the class provides some of the best sailing and racing to be found anywhere. It has excellent qualities both as a cruising and two-person racing boat. The Enterprise has a combination of size, weight and power which appeals to all ages and experience levels. It is a particular favourite with inland clubs because of its performance in light winds. Enterprise fleets provide close, tactical racing. As a one-design class, boats of all ages can be well matched which makes it ideal for club racing - even older ones can still be competitive.

 

COMET

The Comet is a single handed, light, easily transportable (and launchable by one person) boat. It requires low maintenance and offers challenging performance but most of all is ONE DESIGN. The Comet is fast but surprisingly forgiving. Plenty of sail area for exciting sailing and amazing light wind performance but easily reefed for beginners. Extremely comfortable to sail with a roomy cockpit. Whether you want to race fast and close with other Comets, learn the basics or simply have fun sailing with a friend. As the wind picks up, the Comet really takes off, planing easily but still  always staying manageable and under control. Great for family fun on holiday The Comets two piece mast and lightweight hull enable easy car topping. Quick and simple to rig for maximum time on the water. 

 

ALBACORE

The Albacore as a boat that is simple to get into at first, but one that will challenge the tuning and tactical skills of a sailor for the rest of their life. The Albacore is frequently used as a first boat for those who are just learning to sail, and as a very competitive racer for more advanced sailors. The boat is often sailed by husband/wife and parent/child combinations. A deep aerofoil section centre-board and rudder make the Albacore highly manoeuvrable. The Albacore's rig uses swept spreaders supporting a tapered mast, a powerful vang, and adjustable jib halyard and other sail controls to depower in high winds. This adjustability enables light crews and heavy crews to race head-to-head in all but the most extreme conditions.

 

GP14

The GP14, designed by Jack Holt in 1949, was originally conceived as a general purpose family dinghy with a mainsail and small jib. Modern GP14s have three sails; a mainsail, an overlapping foresail called a Genoa, and a symmetrical spinnaker set on a pole. GP14s are used for all levels of sailing from training beginners through to club racing, cruising, competing on the Open Meeting circuit and in major GP14 Class Association championship events. It is an exciting racing boat and can be sailed by people of all ages as there is a wide tolerance of all-up crew weight. It is a two-person sailing dinghy but its stable design means it is big enough for a family to cruise in and easy to sail so especially suitable for learning the basics of sailing.

 

The GP14, designed by Jack Holt in 1949, was originally conceived as a general purpose family dinghy with a mainsail and small jib. Modern GP14s have three sails; a mainsail, an overlapping foresail called a Genoa, and a symmetrical spinnaker set on a pole. GP14s are used for all levels of sailing from training beginners through to club racing, cruising, competing on the Open Meeting circuit and in major GP14 Class Association championship events. It is an exciting racing boat and can be sailed by people of all ages as there is a wide tolerance of all-up crew weight. It is a two-person sailing dinghy but its stable design means it is big enough for a family to cruise in and easy to sail so especially suitable for learning the basics of sailing.

 

LASER

The Laser is a single-handed racing dinghy. The Laser is a challenging boat that rewards athleticism, subtle steering and trimming techniques, as well as tactical excellence. It is a single handed Olympic class boat and is sailed at the club, national and international levels. With over 200,000 boats in 140 countries, it is clearly the world’s most popular adult and youth racing sailboat. 

 

MIRACLE

MIRROR

OPTIMIST

RS200

TOPPER

The Topper is so simple, safe and stable that it inspires confidence in young or novice sailors. The boat is stronger and lighter than any other comparable boat, so it is easier to handle on the water and ashore. The Topper is virtually maintenance free, and a proven track record of reliability means that resale values are sky high. It is easily rigged in a matter of minutes, is rugged and safe for beginners and an exciting race boat too as your skills develop. It is car-toppable so it truly is the most versatile of sailboats.

 

RS AERO

SUPERNOVA

While the Supernova is fundamentally easy to sail it is a demanding boat to sail well. A strict one design asfar as hull, sail plan and foils are concerned there is some freedom to adjust fittings and cordage. Even with only three control lines there are many permutations to try and the adjustments possible to rig tension and mast and spreader positions add to the possible variations. The boom is relatively high and the self draining cockpit is roomy. With a standard arrangement of the centre main sheet and the side deck control lines all adjustments come easily to hand.

 

NATIONAL 12

The National 12 is a well established UK dinghy class. They have a light hull (78kg inc mast and centreboard), two sails and a crew of two, supporting combined weights of between 15 and 23 stone. The 12 is a development class which means designs have evolved since the first boats hit the water in 1936. Modern boats are carbon/composite foam sandwich whilst many beautiful wooden vintage boats are still actively sailing.The variety of designs means there's likely to be one that's perfect for you. Some are better for lighter crews whilst others carry weight well.Some are great for tight tacking on restricted waters whilst others excel on open water.