Scope and Purpose

This is a practical course intended for those who would like an introduction to mark laying and to allay any fears that it is too hard - it's actually good fun! The course is planned for 20th January 2019 10.00 to 16.00, but the timing may be tweaked to suit the preferences of those wishing to attend.

Expressions of interest should be addressed to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and will be forwarded to Tim Flatman who is organising.

What does a mark layer do?

  • Lays marks to create a course
  • Gives wind a tide information to the Race Officer
  • Moves marks to suit changes in wind direction/strenth
  • Signals course changes
  • Replaces missing marks

The course introduces and teaches some of the basic skills and understanding needed, including:

  • Personal and club equipment required
  • Sailing Instructions and course configurations
  • Understanding what the Race Officer is considering
  • Duties at Windward, Leeward, Gybe, Start/Finish marks, and at Gates
  • "The Knot" and rope handling
  • Mark and tackle set up
  • Towing and streaming marks
  • Basic GPS operation - distances and bearings - and hand-bearing compass use
  • Basic VHF communications
  • Signalling using flags and Charlie Boards

Knowledge of these can make you a real asset to any Race Officer, and will ensure the successful and professional running of club events. Preparation is everything!

The course is not Death by Powerpoint; nor is it technical, and nor does it result in an RYA qualification.

What you'll need:

Warm, old clothing + Work gloves + (if you have one) a sailing knife (think anchors, rusty chain and weights, old rope!)

Summer Junior Sail Training 2019  (8 - 16 years old)

The information below was for the 2018 Summer Week ... 2019 details will be published when finalised

The Summer sailing week course is for those children who have no sailing experience or already hold RYA Start Sailing Stages 1, 2 or 3. This course is extremely popular and spaces are limited. To request a place on the course please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 8th June giving your child’s name, DOB and a brief resume of their sailing experience or qualifications. 

 Registration

Those children allocated a place will be notified by email.  For those children Parents/guardians should complete the application form and medical declaration form and send to the club office, together with a cheque made out to Helensburgh Sailing Club for the full amount. 

PLEASE NOTE: Places on the course will not be confirmed until payment has been received.  If payment isn’t received by the due date (Friday 15th June) your place will be offered to the next child on the waiting list.

Training Dates

Monday 23rd July - Friday 27th July 0930 to 1630

Course Information

Training will start at 0930 hrs with students changed and dressed to go on the water. The boats will be off the water by 1600 hrs with students able to be collected at 1630 hrs. Please ensure your child is collected promptly.  Instructors are not free to leave until all children have been collected. Instructional staff will be available from 0915.

All students must be signed in/out of HSC. An instructor will be available in the foyer to assist with this. If you already have a logbook, please bring this on day 1 and leave it with your instructor.  Please bring a packed lunch/snacks each day.

Students should have their own wetsuits and wear appropriate footwear (welly boots are not to be worn).  As a wetsuit does not provide warmth when not in the water students MUST be in possession of a lightweight windproof and waterproof jacket or sailing oversuit to be worn when weather conditions dictate. 

Buoyancy aids will be provided for those not having their own.  Own buoyancy aids will be checked for fit and condition.  Those whose are deemed unsuitable will be provided with a club one.

All students must be in possession of a complete change of dry clothing, shoes and towel.

Course Fee and Membership

The course fee is £200. Temporary membership is included for the duration of the course.

Full membership details are available via the "About" page of this website.

The information below was for the 2018 Summer Week ... 2019 details will be published when finalised

Our next RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course (age 14+) will be running across 4 evenings as follows:

  • Wednesday 23rd May 6pm till 9pm
  • Wednesday 30th May 6pm till 9pm
  • Thursday 31st May 6pm till 9pm
  • Wednesday 6th June 6pm till 9pm

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. Space is limited so please contact the office asap to book onto the course: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Junior Training - Monday evenings (8 - 16 years old)

The Monday evening course is for those children who already hold at least RYA Start Sailing Stage 2.

2019 Training Evenings
Monday 6th May to Monday 17th June; and Monday 5th August to Monday 16th September. (17.30 - 20.30)

This course is extremely popular and spaces are limited. To request a place on the course please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving your child’s name, DOB and a brief resume of their sailing experience or qualifications.

Welcome Evening
For those children allocated a place a Welcome Evening will be held on Monday 29th April 2019. Parents/Guardians should attend from 18.30 - 19.30 (drop in) bringing with them the sailing logbook for the named child.

Course Information
Training will start at 17.30 with students changed and dressed to go on the water. The boats will be off the water by 20.00 with students able to be collected about 20.30. Please ensure your child is collected promptly. Instructors are not free to leave until all children have been collected. Instructional staff will be available from 17.00.

All students must be signed in/out of HSC. An instructor will be available in the foyer to assist with this. Students should have their own wetsuits and wear appropriate footwear (welly boots are not to be worn). As a wetsuit does not provide warmth when not in the water students MUST be in possession of a lightweight windproof and waterproof jacket or sailing oversuit to be worn when weather conditions dictate.

Buoyancy aids will be provided for those not having their own. Own buoyancy aids will be checked for fit and condition. Those whose are deemed unsuitable will be provided with a club one.

All students must be in possession of a complete change of dry clothing, shoes and towel.

Course Fee and Membership
The course fee is £150.
Parents of children under 12 on 1st March 2019 must have membership of HSC.
Students over the age of 12 on 1st of March 2019 must take out Cadet membership if their parents are not members of HSC.
Full membership details are available on this website.
These sessions are hugely popular and early booking is essential to avoid disappointment!

See the right-hand bar for the forms to be completed.

Junior Training - Tuesday evenings (8 - 16 years old)

This course is for complete beginners and those children working towards their RYA Stage 2 certificate.

2019 Training Evenings

Tuesday 7th May to Tuesday 18th June; and Tuesday 6th August to Tuesday 17th September. (17.30 - 20.30)

To request a place on the course please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving your child’s name, DOB and a brief resume of their sailing experience or qualifications.

Welcome Evening
For those children allocated a place a Welcome Evening will be held on Monday 29th April 2019. Parents/Guardians should attend from 18.30 – 19.30 (drop in). There will be an opportunity for the children to have a look at the boats that are used for training.  Stage 2 children should bring their logbooks with them.

Course Information
Training will start at 17.30 with students changed and dressed to go on the water. The boats will be off the water by 20.00 with students able to be collected about 20.30. Please ensure your child is collected promptly. Instructors are not free to leave until all children have been collected. Instructional staff will be available from 17.00.

All students must be signed in/out of HSC. An instructor will be available in the foyer to assist with this. Students should have their own wetsuits and wear appropriate footwear (welly boots are not to be worn). As a wetsuit does not provide warmth when not in the water students MUST be in possession of a lightweight windproof and waterproof jacket or sailing oversuit to be worn when weather conditions dictate.

Buoyancy aids will be provided for those not having their own. Own buoyancy aids will be checked for fit and condition. Those whose are deemed unsuitable will be provided with a club one.

All students must be in possession of a complete change of dry clothing, shoes and towel.

Course Fee and Membership
The course fee is £150.
Parents of children under 12 on 1st March 2019 must have membership of HSC.
Students over the age of 12 on 1st of March 2019 must take out Cadet membership if their parents are not members of HSC.
Full membership details are available on this website.
These sessions are hugely popular and early booking is essential to avoid disappointment!

See the right-hand bar for the forms to be completed.