Training for Members - We will be running four on-water training sessions this year, with flexible guided training provided by our members (dates provided in the sailing programme), and a number of shore based training sessions.

Beginners' Courses - In 2019 we will be running a beginners' course in June over two weekends. 

June - Fri 14th June (evening theory), Sat 15th June, Sun 16th June, Sat 22nd June & Sun 23rd June. - 2 SPACE AVAILABLE

We will aim to run a similar course again in 2020, please contact us if you wish to be added to the waiting list for next year.

Course costs is £150 for non-members and £70 for members and priority will be given to members.

The first weekend will be taught at Portishead marina or at the Lake grounds on single handed Topper dinghies, the second weekend will be taught at Sugarloaf bay in 2-3 man Vision dinghies, with instructors alongside you.  This course aims to get attendees familiar with the basics of sailing and confident with sailing in the conditions found in the Bristol channel, alongside experienced sailors.  Discounts will be available for those joining PYSC. For more information contact

For information about junior sailing training please see our 'cadets' section.

Training in the Docks


General Training Events

The following training events will be run in 2017

Club Training Events

In 2019 four structured training sessions have been included in the programme to help beginners and new sailors improve their sailing and gain the skills and confidence to be able to join in with the racing. Club members are more than welcome to join in the sessions in their own, or club boats. At each session there will be the opportunity for some newer member to sail with an experienced sailor / mentor in a club Vision. The mentor will stay in the boat with you so will be able to demonstrate techniques or give coaching.

Try to arrive at least 1hr (1hr 30mins if possible) before the scheduled start time to allow sufficient rigging and briefing time. The intention is for the first 2 sessions to focus on tacking and gybing techniques; the 3rd on how to sail a triangular course; and practice racing in session 4. This schedule may change due to the weather conditions.

If you are planning to attend one or more of the training sessions it would be helpful if you could contact James Willcocks ( or Christine Slater indicating which session(s) you can attend in advance to enable us to plan the sessions.

The following events will be run for club members.

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