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Welcome to Spinnaker! The Sailing Club in the New Forest

Spinnaker is the perfect venue for anyone to develop their sailing skills in a safe, friendly environment.  As an RYA Recognised Training Centre, Spinnaker has highly qualified instructors and coaches waiting to help you achieve your sailing ambitions, whatever your age or ability.

Whether your wish is racing  in a competitive sailing fleet, cruising around a beautiful lake, introducing your children to sailing, learning to sail yourself, Team Racing
, or simply enjoying a lovely environment, Spinnaker Sailing Club is your first choice.  Location

Look around our web site and find out about our club sailing and racing, the training available for children and adults, and the many other club activities we offer to our members to enhance their love of sailing.

Spinnaker is proud to host many group members including: New Forest & District Sailability, Southampton, Bournemouth and Solent Universities; Local schools; and local scout troops. 

Phone: 01425483692; Email:
Office hours are available here.

Spinnaker Sailing Club, Ivy Lane, Blashford, Ringwood BH24 3LY


Racing Optimists for sale


Winner Race Optimist

Sail number 5003

Conventional white gunnels



Ziegelmayer Optimist

Sail number 5588

Well looked after boat, with beautiful pink gunnels



Both boats are GRP (fiberglass) and both have everything you need to get sailing;

  • Training sail, mast, boom, sprit
  • Racing sail
  • Foils and foil bag (5003 also has a spare set of racing foils)
  • Top and bottom covers
  • Launch trolley, buoyancy bags, praddle, bailers, bow protector, mast clamp, toe straps

Boats are currently stored at Spinnaker Sailing Club, so are easy to view

For either boat contact: Caroline on 07842 218355 or

Success for Kieran!

After 4 long and tough days of sailing over the Bank holiday weekend, Spinnaker Sailing Club has another Optimist sailor going to the World Championships.

Kieran Young finished the Optimist selection trials in 5th place overall out of the top 79 UK sailors. The top 5 are selected to represent GBR at the World Championships, this year it is being held in Thailand in July.

SYT Boat Checks!

Sunday 1st May saw a good turn-out for Boat Check Day despite the Bank Holiday, weather and closure of the A31.

A friendly reminder that sailing starts every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. prompt and anyone still requiring a boat check should arrive quite a little earlier than this so we can ensure you have all completed your check before the session starts. We aim to get going promptly at 9:30 and you do not want to miss something important.

SYT Boat Check Presentation as PDF

Saskia Clark at Spinny

Saskia ClarkThose at the IOCA Winter training held at Spinnaker on 18th March were thrilled to be joined by Olympic Champion and World Sailor of the Year Saskia Clark. Despite competing attractions of skiing and rugby, 35 excited sailors took to the water, assisted by a large number of indispensable parents and organisers who brilliantly overcame some logistical challenges, fuelled as ever by Jackie’s bacon sandwiches.

Saskia was fantastic and she and the kids had a really good laugh and great fun. Along with the chocolate she brought for the kids she came with her medals (carried in a pair of socks) which she passed around so that all of the kids could take a turn wearing them and getting a selfie. As well as presenting the prizes, which were many and generously sponsored by Rooster, she also brought a carrier bag full of Rio Olympic Sailing gear, which the kids won by drawing out raffle tickets given to them at registration.

Saskia stayed right until the end of the afternoon and was the last to leave after she had signed almost every child’s IOCA medal and had a selfie taken with them. There would have been many tired but happy kids at school the next morning.

We are hoping that Saskia may be kind enough to join us for an SYT oppy session, so keep your eyes peeled for news!

Calling all Topper Sailors!

Calling all Topper Sailors

Spinnaker Sailing Club is again hosting the first of the Rooster Topper Traveler Series. Brush off the winter dust and come along on Sunday 9th April 2017. Registration starts at 08:30 and briefing will take place at 09:40. There are four races planned with 5.3 and 4.2 Toppers taking part.

Plenty of prizes are up for grabs so don’t miss out, after all it could be you winning the first place prize. No better way to start the new season with a great race at a great venue!

Nor & SI’s can be found on the Club website. Click Here!


Jo Newall-Smith 13/05/1950 -11/03/2017

I am sure that many of you will remember Jo, who sadly, died on 11th March after a long illness.
Jo was a lovely person; a keen Laser sailor and a very loyal servant of the Club.

He was for many years on the sailing committee and most importantly edited, illustrated and produced the club’s newsletter “Centreboard”. Before the days of the internet this was the Club’s principal means of communicating with its members. Jo produced a vibrant, interesting and informative magazine that was highly regarded by members and the RYA.

Jo came to Spinnaker via the Sea Scouts, for whom he was also an enthusiastic supporter. Jo was a quiet man, small and lean, but with a big grin, a big heart and a wicked sense of humour. He will be greatly missed.

I am sure that you will join me in sending condolences to Steph, Felix and Lottie. The family are holding a private funeral., but are collecting donations in Jo’s memory for New Forest Sailability via the following link:-

Hywel Morris