Ladies That Launch


‘Women in Sport’ and the ‘RYA’ understand how challenging it can be for ladies to get into sport:

All forms of boating are equally open to men and women, often participating or competing together.

Although women make up approximately 35-40% of participants in the boating activities under the RYA’s umbrella, they are still very much in the minority when it comes to instructors, coaches, race officials or committee members.  The RYA is working on a number of ideas and initiatives to encourage more women to get involved, or to return after a break.

Women hold six core values which influence behaviour:
Six core values represent what is important to women in modern life and how they want to spend their time and energy.

  • Looking good.
  • Feeling good.
  • Achieving goals.
  • Developing skills.
  • Nurturing friends and family.
  • Having fun

These values can be dialled up and down for different women and at different stages in their lives.


Across the country varying initiatives have been launched that consider and identify with women influencers, motivators and barriers.


Here at TBYC Ladies That Launch (LTL) seeks to provide opportunities for ladies to enjoy the club and water, having fun, learning, building confidence and socialising together and getting the most they can from the club. We approach our fourth year with great enthusiasm! LTL is currently run by Lesley Dye who is passionate about sailing and supporting our members to enjoy sailing and feel good about themselves! Friendly faces and no pressure, but support if you need it.

Our ladies keep in contact with each other via a WhatsApp chat group. If you wish to join the group and keep updated please contact Lesley or Janet.



Watch this place for details of new scheduled sailing or other updates in 2021. Lets get together on the water and maybe have a drink after in the club!

Scheduled LTL Sailing in 2021:

Meet changed and ready to rig in the boat park.

Sat 10th April 10.30

Sun 16th May 13.30

Sun 27th June 11.30

Sat 17th July 15.30

Sat 28th Aug 1400

Sun 19th Sept 1100

Sun 24th Oct 1300

Theory: If our ladies wish for some lighthearted and basic sailing tuition to put into practice on the water some additional sessions will be arranged or tagged onto a few social evenings/sailing dates.


We hope to resume our monthly social evenings in 2021, Covid permitting! These will take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 8pm. Pop down to the club to catch up with friends and meet other lady members. We are also planning a couple of meals at Easter and Christmas:

Thursday 15th April – details to follow

Thursday 9th Dec – details to follow


It can be very daunting to get on the water after a some time away, or stepping in to a boat for the first time. Our group aims to help ladies enjoy time on the water and help build/rebuild confidence and knowledge. TBYC offers level 1,2 & 3 dinghy sail training, which are fantastic resources, however if you alternatively want to spend a few minutes refreshing your understanding take a look at these short videos that cover the basics:


http://The length of this video is 2 minutes and 24 seconds.2:245 Essential Sailing Tips with Olympic Medalist, Shirley Robertson,YouTube · Royal Yachting Association – RYA28 Jan 2011


Here we will update pictures and highlights of Ladies that Launch. Here are just a few from last year!


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