The Club has space for approximately 265 dinghies and catamarans plus assorted tenders and kayaks.
Summer Sailing and Storage.
During the summer sailing season – April to October, the dinghy park plan is posted on the notice board in the main lobby together with a list of allocated spaces.
If you own a dinghy or catamaran and have paid the relevant storage and sailing fee, you are allocated a space for storage between April to October only.
To promote cohesion amongst the various classes, dinghies are usually stored alongside boats of a similar class. It is acceptable for dinghies and cats to move spaces in their respective rows by swapping with another of a similar class providing both owners agree which may make access more user friendly especially where road trailers are involved.
Space in the dinghy park is at a premium so we do ask owners to keep to their allocated spaces rather than expand sideways.
There are some straightforward objectives and responsibilities to having a space in the Dinghy Park.
1: To keep your boat in its allocated space.
2: Keep the space around your boat tidy and free of weeds and litter.
3: Tie your boat down to the cables which is required by your insurance company.
4: All owners are required to have a valid fully comprehensive insurance policy for their dinghies both in the dinghy park and whilst on the water.
5: Pay your fees on time
6: Write your name and sail number on the rear part of your cover and trolley.
7: If you wish to keep a road trailer in the dinghy park then you are required to keep
your boat on the road trailer.
8: If you sell or replace your boat then please inform the dinghy park representative.
For those who require a space.
Before bringing your boat into the dinghy park, please contact the dinghy park representative – details are on the web site and main programme giving details of your class, sail number and email address. Providing there is room, then a space will be provided upon payment of the relevant fee. This also applies to Kayaks and Windsurfers.
Each year we do find one or two boats, launching trolleys and road trailers where space has not been requested or approved and in some cases the boats appear to be abandoned. Thorpe Bay Yacht Club is an affiliated club to the RYA and we follow the guidelines of the RYA in dealing with abandoned boats, trailers and masts etc as well as unpaid fees.
Winter Sailing and Storage.
The cruisers and Sandhoppers are laid up in the dinghy park between November and March each year and available space is reduced by half. All dinghies and cats which are not taking part in the Winter and Icicle series are required to remove their boats immediately after the planned date of the End of Season Trophy Race. This date can be found in the Sailing programme, web site or on the notice board in the lobby. Apart from removing you boat, please ensure everything else associated with your boat is removed and leave your space clean and tidy.
To enter the Winter and Icicle series, entry forms are placed on the web site and notice boards and entrants are selected on a first come basis.
Please remember, there is no winter storage available unless participating in the Winter and Icicle race series.
The only exception to this is for the Pico fleet who may pay a storage fee to be under or on the racks. There is not room to store all the Picos and again permitted storage is subject to how quickly forms and fees are submitted.
Accurate details are required for both summer and winter sailing especially with sail numbers as this data is required by the race results officer to formulate the race data base.