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Post Options Post Options   Quote ColPrice2002 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jan 18 at 10:38pm
I was instructing a client who was transitioning from yacht to dinghy. Obviously, the sailing theory is unchanged, but the difference was in the activity load - dinghy helm is expected to plan a tack, keep a lookout for other boats, trim the mainsail, steer the dinghy and balance the boat.
On the yacht there were several crew to carry out these functions, plus a navigator for deciding course to steer...

The candidate achieved RYA level 2, but it was a learning experience for both of us. I'd recommend the RYA Level 2 course - in part because the certificate is useful if you want to hire a dinghy. Other parts of the course are good as well, eg capsize recovery, man overboard (different in a dinghy from a yacht), and so on

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Can anyone give a recommendation for a club on the isle of Wight? I know there are a number listed, but would like to know of people's experiences. Also do any clubs cover dinghy cruising as opposed to dinghy racing. As I feel I am more a potter or lazy days sail than a racer
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Not sure about clubs on the IOW, however there is a dinghy cruising association, they have a forum that you might want to join.

http://forum.dinghycruising.org.uk/


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Post Options Post Options   Quote pij27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Feb 18 at 5:26pm
Not a very good web site. Have to join club to get any information. I have seen a couple of dinghy's but they are not racing designs, but look like classic dinghies. If want to go down a classic, old looking, dinghy should I look at getting tuition to sail this, or do a sailing courses first then get boat?
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The website seems to be down, there is a Facebook group (closed so you'll need to join the group but I guess that's just a matter of requesting they add you). The forum is live though but, while you can browse you can't post without becoming a member, and...... the website is down so you can't join.....

edit :- Regarding sailing trad boats, they will feel closer to a keelboat than a modern dinghy and be heavier to manhandle on shore. 

I assume you live or holiday regularly on the IoW, it's not a big island if it was me I'd plan a couple of weekends visiting all the likely looking clubs and talking to the sailors. That's the best way to get a feel for the club and it's members. And probably a very enjoyable way to spend a few days out.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote pij27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Feb 18 at 8:28am
Thanks for the advice, will start going to look at the clubs and spending time talking to people and watching what they sail. 
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Gurnard has traditionally been a good dinghy club on the Island. Royal Vic too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pij27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Feb 18 at 8:21pm
Thanks, will check those first
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pij27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 18 at 12:47pm
Do any one know of clubs which have a dinghy cruising section? Will ask the dinghy cruising association but having some difficulty with their website. But if anyone knows of local clubs on the isle of Wight with a cruising section or across the solent so could talk to them
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