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Adult TrySail

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RS Vision Try Sailing at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club

TrySail is our informal  sailing course for those wanting to learn how to sail. 
The sailing course is run on Tuesday evenings over late spring and early summer.


For only £190 (that's less than £15 an evening and includes membership of the sailing club during the sailing course to use all our facilities and boats even at the weekends) it's amazing value for money and one of the lowest cost sailing courses in the south.

The sailing club is located in West Molesey on the Surrey / West London Border, near Hampton Court.  We have great facilities, including a modern clubhouse and we sail on a 132 acre raised reservoir managed by Thames Water.  It's ideal for learning to sail as there are no other users of the water.

If you are aged 17 and over and would like to have a go and learn to sail without the commitment of full Club membership or a formal RYA course, then TrySail is for you. We run separate sailing lessons for juniors aged 16 and under on Sundays...check out our Junior Sailing School pages.<!-- If you'd like to learn to sail following the RYA scheme and qualifications, go to our RYA Training pages.-->

2019 TrySail dates:

Start of course: Tuesday 30st April

No TrySail: Tuesday 28th May (half term week)

Last TrySail: Tuesday 30st July

13 Sessions

Cost: £190
(£130 for the Course and £60 for 3 months membership of IBRSC)

Registration and booking for the 2019 season is now open 

(When the booking page loads, click on TrySail 2019 on the left and then book course on the right)

About TrySail:

Tuesday nights have always been beginner sailing courses and cruising nights at IBRSC, a perfect antidote for a day in the office jungle. There's no racing, just a laid-back sailing training programme offering an opportunity to learn to sailing at a low cost. We are open for sailing training regardless of the weather; we've got indoor stuff to keep you amused if it is too windy to sail and we are flexible, so if there's something particular you want to learn, just ask.

The complete 13 week sailing course costs £190. That's less than £15 per evening! And that includes use of the club training fleet of RS Visions, Solos, Lasers and Toppers during training and whenever the sailing club is open (Tuesday/Wednesday Evening, Saturdays and Sundays). If you try it out and decide it’s not for you after the first two sessions we will refund £160. 

The objectives of the TrySail evenings are:
- To have fun!
- To get people hooked on sailing
- To cultivate new club members 
- To have the club open for fun sailing without worrying about racing
- To increase the bar takings!  

TrySailors are welcome at the Club from about 1815. Non-sailing spectators are also welcome, but children must be accompanied by a shore-based adult. Well-behaved dogs are allowed on a lead and under control at all times.

Each Tuesday evening sailing session starts between 1830 and 1900 and we sail until dusk. There's an end-of-training chat to round off the evening's sailing and consolidate any learning. Each evening we will provide talks, help and lots of sailing, initially with experienced sailors in RS Visions, and then on your own as you get more confident.

This is not a registered scheme so no RYA certificates are issued, just an intro to sailing at a low cost. That said, we do follow a plan and will teach you to sail without you even noticing. 

A full sailing training schedule and calendar is available here.

What do I need?
Please bring:
-        Warm scruffy clothing, with shoes that don't mind getting wet. Tracksuit topped by cagoule, with old trainers, are ideal.
-        Footwear should be closed-toe and heel: definitely no flip flops or sandals.
-        A hat or cap is useful.
-        A towel and a complete change of clothes, in case of a soaking.

IBRSC will loan you a buoyancy aid. If you wear specs, please bring some string or a cord to secure them on your head.  Long hair should be tied back and please don't wear jewellery. Leave valuable items and non-waterproof watches at home.