Saturday Club, 16th June

At last a windier Saturday morning is forecast! With 9 knots gusting 16 from the South West currently forecast for 10.00am increasing to 11 gusting 18 by lunchtime, conditions are set fair for the perfect Saturday Club.

We will meet at 9.45am at the usual marked table in the Club House and sort out boats, helms and crews over a coffee, then it’s on the water for some lively sailing and a few friendly races before returning for lunch afterwards for those who want to stay.

Appropriately, after the endless Saturdays of light winds, the theme this week will be exchanging a few tips, before we go sailing, on handling the boats in the stronger and gustier conditions, so do bring along your own ideas and experiences to share.

If you’re new to Saturday Club, or relatively new to sailing, or just haven’t been for a while, do come along and join us and don’t be put off by the slightly stronger wind conditions forecast. We are a very friendly group of sailors and there’ll be plenty of tips, help and encouragement to make sure you enjoy your morning’s sailing. Our racing is primarily aimed at keeping the group together, focused on sailing round the same course and just for fun and you don’t have to join in the races if you don’t want to.

At the moment I’m still ideally looking for an assistant to help me run tomorrow morning’s Saturday Club session. It just involves helping keep track on arrival of who is there and with matching boats/helms/crews and then coming out on the powerboat to help with laying the course and starting and finishing the races. If you’d like to assist tomorrow with that, do please drop me a quick e-mail or text, or give me a call.

Hope to see many of you tomorrow morning.

Happy Sailing!


The sun is out and we are flying into the season!

Quick updates

  • Traffic lights at the Gate – ‘Enter on the green light’ is back! Tailgating will trip the gate sensors, so please wait for the lights to change.
  • Gate Access Cards – Members to get your smart new orange access card, please come up to the office when you’re next in the club.
  • Tarmac – no more potholes in the car park, we squeezed another 20 meters out of the contractor and the drive to the carpark is looking fantastic!
  • Summer Booking Page – The greatest demand on the Sailing School is the summer courses so to make booking easier we have created a page on the new website.
  • Recruitment – We are Recruiting for: Chief Dinghy Instructor | Chief Windsurf Instructor | Full Time Instructor | Part Time Instructor | Part Time Office Team (part time Saturdays). If you know anyone interested in working at Queen Mary please let them know about vacancies.
  • Family Day – A date for your diary is our Family Day on Saturday 30th June. We have a full programme of activities throughout the day and you will be able to come along and bring your family and friends on the day. Activities start at 10am and will include: Try SUPing / Try Kayaking / Try Windsurfing / Try a Boat / RIB Rides around the reservoir. More details in our next news update and we look forward to seeing you here!
  • Fancy joining one of our club trips abroad? on 17th June we are going Windsurfing at Club Vass…. and on 22nd September we are on a Multi Watersports at Lemnos.

Phew, lots of news – See you on the water soon!

On the hunt for a new chief!

We are looking for a…

CHIEF WINDSURF INSTRUCTOR (full time/permanent) with Queen Mary Sailing Club


Immediate start

 QMSC is a large, active RYA Affiliated Sailing Club and RYA Recognised Training School offering club racing, open events, club activities and RYA tuition in sailing, windsurfing and powerboating throughout the year.


We are looking for a RYA Senior Windsurf Instructor to take the Chief Windsurf Instructor role on a full time, permanent basis.  The role requires a flexible approach with the successful candidate working a 35hr contract over weekends, evenings and bank holidays as required. Typical working week Wednesday – Sunday.


Experience & Qualifications:


  • RYA Senior Windsurf Instructor with valid FA certificate
  • Minimum of 2 years experience working in a RTC as an active SI


  • Dinghy Instructor
  • Intermediate Planing Instructor/Advanced Windsurf Instructor
  • RYA Powerboat Instructor
  • Experience in providing safety cover for racing events
  • Fibre glass repairs
  • BSUPA or BCU qualifications


Duties include:

  • Overseeing daily operations of the centre as the Duty Officer
  • Deputising for the Principal in their absence
  • Taking a leading role in staff development
  • Working as part of a team to provide an enjoyable and safe environment for students and members of all ages and abilities
  • Delivery of RYA courses within the National & Youth Schemes
  • Assisting in ensuring all teaching complies with the RYA curriculum
  • Managing maintenance of the training fleet to include all spares
  • Buying and selling of training kit
  • Training Volunteers & Assistant Instructors
  • Providing on water safety for recreational & racing activities
  • Powerboat training – staff and volunteer skill development


Additional training is available for the candidate in kayaking, SUPing, raft building.  We also support all staff in skill development with subsidised/funded endorsements and instructor qualifications.


Please note the contract of employment is subject to passing an Enhanced DBS child workforce check and satisfactory references.


To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Paul Adams –


Closing Date:  May 1st 2018.  Interviews to take place the week of the May 7th.


QM Windsurfing Youth Win The Eric Twiname Junior Championships

The 32nd Eric Twiname Junior Championship concluded on Bank Holiday  Monday with a host of young sailors crowned winners. For a third day the sun beat down on the 280 junior racers as the glorious run of weather continued at Rutland Water.

The sailors, aged between 10 and 16, hail from the RYA‘s ten home countries and regions nationwide, and represent the very best in regional talent.

Queen Mary Sailing Club’s Iona Shefford, 11, won the Techno 4.5 fleet only finishing outside of the top three once, while Queen Mary Sailing Club’s William Ziegler, 12, took the Techno 5.8 title.

Massive congratulations from everyone at the club.

Yachts and Yachting Write Up

Full results can be found here




Over 4,500 learners signed up to sail!

With just over two months to go an amazing 46 school are set to take on the challenge!

Young people in school today will bear the brunt of the future environmental impact of inadequately managed plastic. This Challenge will develop awareness of the environmental impact of plastic through a Guinness World Record attempt using plastic bottles to make model boats.

Model Boat making is an activity already used by schools in Key Stage One to teach “floating and sinking”. We want to encourage schools to look beyond the core curriculum at the environmental impact of plastic, using plastic bottle boats as a platform to develop plastic educational projects across all years of a school.

Calling all teachers…

Sign up and host a world record at your school for the Plastic Bottle Boat Challenge (PBBC). Join us on June 27th 2018 as we simultaneously unite schools all over the world in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record