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Boat Hire

  • Use of club boats

    We have a selection of dinghies that can be used by club members for free if they pay a boat owner membership or for only £89 a year for non boat owner membership. Please only use a boat if you are a member, know how to rig and sail it. See our Safety Conditions of Boat Hire for our rules on who can hire boats.  Boats are allocated on a first come first served basis with the exception of priority going to the sailing schools on Tuesday evenings, Sunday afternoons and school holidays.

    Beneath is a list a quick guide to the clubs boats at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club.

    Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club
    Boat Hire Rates

    Oppie (Optimist)

    oppie for hire
    Ideal for junior sailors (aged 7 to 10) just starting to learn to sail.  This classic boat is incredible stable and very robust.

    Currently the club has 6 oppies. 

    How to rig an Optimist


    topper for hire
    The topper is the most popular junior sailing boat.  It is mainly sailed by children aged 10 to 15 years.  This boat is as popular for learning as it is for racing. 

    Currently the club has 12 Toppers.

    How to rig a Topper


    picoThe Pico is a robust dinghy from Laser that can be sailed by one junior/adult or two juniors.  It has variable set ups with one or two sails (main or main and jib).  It is a very popular training boat for both adults and children due to it's simplicity, stability and strength.

    Currently the club has 12 Pico dinghies.   

    How to rig a pico


    laser dinghy hire at island barn reservoir sailing club

    The laser (ILCA) is an Olympic class sailing dinghy.  It comes with 3 rig settings: 4.7 (ILCA4), Radial (ILCA6) and full rig (ILCA7).  making this boat ideal for a wide range of ages, from youths to grand masters, in all weather conditions.

    Currently the club has 6 Lasers.

    How to rig a Laser

    RS Feva

    rs feva for hire
    The RS Feva is a doubled handed asymmetric dinghy for junior sailors (ages 12 - 16).  It has a mainsail, jib and spinnaker.  Ideal for advancing basic sailing skills into fast racing techniques. 

    Currently the club has 3 RS Fevas.

    How to rig a Feva

    RS 200* or RS Vision

    rs200 for hire
    The RS200 is a double handed asymmetric racing dinghy.  It has a main sail, jib and spinnaker.  This boat is for those who are experienced at sailing and want to practice their skills in a performance dinghy.

    Currently the club has 2 RS200s

    How to Rig a RS 200


    The RS Vision is a double/triple handed dinghy.  It's a great boat to learn to sail in or just cruise around the reservoir.  There is plenty of space in the boat and it has various set ups including a spinnaker.  

    Currently the club has 5 RS Visions

    How to rig a Vision

    Please note that when operating TrySail has priority for Visions, Lasers and Picos on Tues evenings
    Junior Sailing School has priority for Oppies, Toppers and Fevas on summer Sunday afternoons

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    Hirers must ensure that they and any other helm sailing the boat is a Club member
    Hirers are responsible for ensuring that the competence of themselves or any other user of the boat during the period of hire is assessed as above. Please don't guess; if you don't know how to rig or sail a boat, see our Safety Conditions of Boat Hire for our rules on who can hire boats.
    Hirers are responsible for organising the maintenance of boats during the hire period (with costs reclaimable from the Club)
    Hirers must pay the excess of any insurance claim

    The Club will keep the boats insured at all times
    The Club will provide a convenient berthing place
    The Club will consider any request to purchase a boat during or after the hire period. Wherever possible, a potential price will be agreed at the beginning of the hire period.

    Safety Conditions of Boat Hire

    Remember, your safety is your responsibility - Please do not take out boats in unsuitable conditions

    IN LIGHT WEATHER (below 15 mph average)
    All hire is conditional on a basic standard of sailing - RYA level 2, Trysail certificate or equivalent experience. In light weather (below 15 MPH) The Duty Officer may assess your experience based on an explanation of what you have sailed.

    IF THE WIND is generally over 15 mph or gusting to 20 MPH, only AUTHORISED HELMS may take out club boats
    Some club boats may be restricted to light weather. This will be clearly marked on the boats (some club boats are quite old, still good for learning in light weather but not suitable for very windy weather).

    If you expect to take a club boat out in strong winds ask to be authorised in advance. Authorisation is obtained by demonstrating your skills either because you already race (club members who regularly sail their own boats in strong winds but want to try a different boat), or by initially sailing under the direct supervision of a one of the officials listed below. You will then be added to the authorised list in the hire book.
    Please do not ask to for supervised certification before racing on the day as unfortunately there is normally not time to facilitate this. However after racing there is usually someone available to certify you. Asking ahead of time (by email to sailing secretary) is generally best. We want you on the water and will do our best to help.

    If you do not already know the people listed below, ask the duty officer or bar staff to point them out. The following may approve you for hiring club boats.

    Gareth Griffiths
    Nick Marley
    John Oldham
    Jeff Davison
    Chris Smith
    Uta Griesenbach

    A list of authorised helms will be maintained in the hire book.