2016 racing programme
Our 2016 racing programme is on a two-page spreadsheet (in Acrobat Reader .pdf format). Scroll down to see all the race dates.
- Pugney's lake is open for sailing on Saturdays only throughout the Winter: boats on the water at 10:45, races start at 11:00. The lake is open all week from 1st April 2016 to the end of October 2016.
- At the recent AGM, we agreed that from December 2015, all races must start at 11:00 and that the race can start when at least two boats are on the water. We will retain the 3 minute signal. This means that if you are late on the water the race may have started without you... : - \
- Our popular Summer Series of Wednesday afternoon races begins on 6th April 2016 and runs for 30 weeks.
The Wakefield Sailing Club (WSC) is an independent dinghy sailing club located at Pugneys Country Park, Denby Dale Road (A636) in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 7EQ, located between Junction 39 of the M1 motorway and Wakefield town. Pugney's one-hundred acre lake - overlooked by the ruins of Sandal castle - is the largest lake for dinghy sailing in West Yorkshire. The country park is a multi-activity centre is run by Wakefield Council that hosts windsurfing, canoeing, sailing and other water sports. Pugneys is a certified Royal Yachting Association (RYA) water sports training center.
The centre has a variety of boats for hire, good launching slips and jetties, modern changing rooms with showers and lockers, a cafe serving hot & cold drinks, snacks, soups and meals, a large car park and a secure all-year dinghy park in which WSC member's boats can be stored.
- The Pugneys Country Park building hosting the reception desk, cafe and changing rooms.
The WSC has an active year-round dinghy racing programme. Boats owned by our members include Laser, GP14, Enterprise, Wayfarer, Omega, Topaz, and Comet. Traditional boats include a Lune Pilot and two Tideways. Club boats for use by members include a Wayfarer, two Toppers and a Laser. The WSC uses the RYA dinghy handicap system so that different classes of boats can race against each other on an equal competitive footing.
The WSC happily shares the lake with other water sports users, such as those using windsurfer boards, kayaks, canoes, sailing trainees on RYA courses as well as independent boat owners who bring their boats for the day. Because of it’s large size we have a permanent set of numbered marker buoys laid out over the whole lake that we use for our races. However, on days with many water sports users on the water, we my only use 2/3 of the lake.
Although we do not run any formal training ourselves, Pugneys are renowned throughout the area for their many and varied RYA courses that run throughout the year.
It has been said that if you don't capsize your dinghy occasionally you aren't really trying hard enough. Members occasionally go for an unanticipated swim, so we take safety very seriously. The whole of the lake is monitored by Pugneys fully-equipped safety boats manned by experienced crews. We insist that lifejackets/buoyancy aids must be worn at all times when on or near to the water and wet or dry suits are mandatory for the winter sailing series. However, dinghy sailing is a very safe sport, and all boats are required to pass a mandatory safety and buoyancy test at the beginning of each season.
How do I start?
Come and see us on racing days and chat to our members who are happy to offer help and advice.
Updated: 29 February 2016 / RT