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Virtual Junior Racing

Wednesday evenings 6pm contact Junior Team leader for details.

COVID- 19 Easing of restrictions and partial return to the water


Maidenhead Sailing Club is a member only club, located just to the North of the Thames side town of Maidenhead, on a gravel pit.  We have available to us 51 acres of water that overlooks the countryside of Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.  Sailing and Paddlesports are available all year round, with events and coaching and available.  We are a family oriented club, with sailing to satisfy all members of the family. There is a strong Youth and Juniors section.  It is possible to sail your own boat or use your paddleboard, kayak etc   at anytime.  Boats and boards are available to hire dependant on ability....  New members are always welcome.

Following the success of our Optimist Open meetings in previous years and the Laser 4.7 Open in 2009, MSC is running another Laser 4.7 Open Meeting on May 29th 2010. Download notice of race, poster and entry form.


The Laser 4.7 is the next RYA Junior Pathway boat after the Optimist for singlehanded sailing. If Mums and Dads are able to help us stage this event, Mark Hudson would be happy to receive offers of help on 01628 634317. If kids want to race, the club has three club 4.7 rigs. For those with access to a standard Laser or a a radial laser, second-hand 4.7 rigs (shortened lower mast section and sail) for Lasers are traded on the UK Laser Owners Association website and completely new rigs are available from Laser Direct at 15% discount if bought through the club (Sean Porter). The fact that a Standard laser can be converted in this way makes the boat accessible and adaptable later.

Optimists are raced up to extreme fleet levels (998 were recorded at the Lake Garda Easter 2008 international regatta – no other class even comes close) and are only limited by strong currents due to their low top speed. The RYA zone squad system is particularly fiercely fought over. Entry is gained by competing at key indicator events which are open to anyone and are organised by the national class associations. Links to all the class associations are on the club website.

The same route into the RYA coaching programmes is available in all the following classes:

RYA recommended weights and ages for Junior Pathway classes (2005)


Weight range

Maximum Age Range

Optimist  Single hander


To 14/15 years

Topper Single hander


To 15/16 years

Laser 4.7 Single hander

Up to 62kg

To 15/16 years

Cadet Double hander


To 15/16 years

Mirror Double hander


To 15/16 years

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