Adult TrySail and TryRace


RS Vision Try Sailing at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club

TrySail is our informal course for new sailors. TryRace is a members coaching evening for improving sailors.

If you are aged 17 and over and would like to have a go at sailing without the commitment of full Club membership or a formal RYA course, then TrySail is for you. We run separate sessions 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.

TryRace is for members (last year's TrySail and RYA 1-2 or any members wanting race coaching). More details below.

2017 TrySail dates:

Start of course: Tuesday 2nd May

No TrySail: Tuesday 30th May (half term week)

Last TrySail: Tuesday 1st August

13 Sessions

Cost: £110

Registration and booking for the 2017 season is now open 

(When the booking page loads, click on TrySail 2017 on the left and then book course on the right)

More Details:

Tuesday nights have always been beginner and cruising nights at IBRSC, a perfect antidote for a day in the office jungle. There's no racing, just a laid-back training programme offering an opportunity to try sailing at a low cost. We are open for 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 course costs £110. That's less than £9 per evening! And that includes use of the club training fleet of RS Visions, Solos, Lasers and Toppers. If you try it out and decide itís not for you after the first two sessions we will refund £80. And if you find you like sailing and want to join the Club so you can sail here at other times, we will refund 50% of your TrySail fee.

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 session starts between 1830 and 1900 and we sail until dusk. There's an end-of-training chat to round off the evening 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 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.


TryRace is open to all Club members who have completed TrySail or RYA level 2 (level 3 is even better). It is a practice/coaching evening run in parallel with TrySail focusing on developing the basic skills already learned to apply them to dinghy racing. The focus is on having fun while developing the skills outside the pressure of a race. Generally we use Solos or Lasers but if you have your own boat in a different class we can generally accomodate you. Each evening we focus on one particular skill gradually building up the full repertoire - for example Starting a race, Efficient tacking/gybing,  Upwind/Downwind sailing using windshifts, Rounding marks, and the Racing Rules so that you will be comfortable in the closer situations that develop on the race course.

TryRace is a nine week course every Tuesday evening starting on week 5 of TrySail and continuing though the rest of TrySail. In 2017 it starts on 6th June and finishes with a race night shared with TrySail on 1st Aug.

TryRace is free to club members, but please register on the course so we know the numbers to expect and get contact details etc.