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racing mirror dinghy for sale

This boat is currently pending sale.
67506 ‘MINT’ with RYA International Mirror Measurement Certificate
Builder: Bell Woodworking
This is a lovely wooden boat set up to race with a proven results record at club level. Laminated foils. Racing control lines, Bermuda rig with metal mast, boom, and spinnaker pole, spinnaker and spinnaker shoot, sails and sail bags together with combi-trailer, boat cover and separate folding launching trolley
Contact: Roger Stoakley tel. 01823 412580

Sailing is good for your health!


Mental wellness: Being out on the water puts you in a good mood. 

Muscle strength and endurance: The many activities involved in sailing, like pulling and hoisting of sails to manoeuvre a boat or a yacht, adds to your muscle strength for your shoulders and back.

Cardiovascular fitness: Sailing can also improve your cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of hypertension, obesity and other heart illness. This is because of the large amount of oxygen uptake that happens when you engage in intense activities.

Lowers stress levels: The swooshing and splashing of water, the rhythmic movement of the boat and the sound of the wind in the sails can all affect brainwave patterns. This relaxes and soothes a busy and highly stressed-out mind.

Increases agility: The various tasks associated with sailing also help improve your flexibility and agility. Activities like pulling lines and moving around and keeping yourself stable on a moving boat can significantly improve your hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

Improves concentration:  With the ultimate goal of staying safe while on board, sailing enhances a person’s ability to focus even with multiple tasks at hand.

Improves communication skills: To effectively control a boat, the Helm (captain) and the crew must act as a unified unit. To do this they need to learn how to communicate effectively, especially through non-verbal means. Everyone on board has a crucial role to play in order to keep the boat afloat.

Spatial awareness: Sailing requires the participant to be aware of the dimension of the boat along with the space required for the manoeuvring of the boat. By sailing, you can have an increased understanding of how much space something requires; this skill translates to skills required on land as well such as driving. In dinghies, you are constantly aware of the position of the boat in relationship to the wind and the water, it gives a great sense of freedom to go sailing.

Organisational skills: Being on a dinghy requires that everything be kept in “shipshape.” After being exposed to this mentality, other aspects of your life begin to reflect this standard. You will become more organised in your personal life, which will boost motivation to eat healthier, exercise more and increase your quality of life.

Sailors Use Science, Maths & Engineering : Sailing is more than just who can be the strongest, you have to be a scientist, mathematician and engineer as well. You have to be able to read the wind, clouds and weather patterns to determine what side of the race course you will be sailing on. You have to calculate your moves and angles to the wind to make sure you are not sailing too far away from your next mark or intended destination. And you have to be able to put your boat together and perform simple maintenance tasks to keep your boat in good sailing condition. We enjoy tinkering with our boats to keep them in good order nearly as much as the sailing itself.

Welcome Back!

Durleigh is once again able to welcome Sailing and Windsurfing back for our members. We are operating on a restricted basis, following COVID guidance from the Government and our national body, the RYA. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the forthcoming months, but please do follow the booking in procedures and the COVID rules we have put in place for your safety.  

We expect to be in a position to welcome guests for trial sails and to learn more about the club by the end of May.

2020 Christmas Pudding race

What a refreshing end to an otherwise horrid year. Our Annual Christmas Pudding Race was held in glorious Sunshine and steady winds. Crews took to the water and enjoyed some excellent class racing. 8 Comets of various classes, shared the water with a Laser, Laser 2000 and a Mirror.

Overall Winners and Christmas Pudding Champions were Martin and Lynn Harland in a Trio. All competitors were just happy to be out enjoying the freedom of the Reservoir.

For more photos of this event visit:

Thanks to all duty officers, inc Mr and Mrs Tye for also taking the photos.


Christmas Pudding race 2020

06th December 2020

Members are warmly invited to take part in our final race of the season, now that we shall be able to sail again after the lock down II. Please let our membership team know that you intend to sail and also book in as normal via our online booking system. Please remember that all COVID restrictions are still firmly in place and you will be required to adhere to all social distancing and COVID cleaning rules etc. That said, let’s Push the Boats out one last time in 2020 with our customary Christmas Pudding Race. (We don’t race the puddings themselves, and no pudding is harmed in the making of this event!!)

This year, we are making a special effort to bring some cheer into an otherwise dreadful year, so if you wish to wear a christmas hat, put a bit of tinsel on your boat or anything else to help you get into the Christmas Spirit, please do! Don’t forget to let us know if you are attending so we can organise Christmas Puds,  see you on the 6th Dec !!

Winter Series Racing 2020

The new Winter series starts on 01 November 2020 and runs until 06 December 2020. It should be a great chance for some competitive sailing. 

All competitors must wear suitable long wetsuits, or Dry suits in addition to any other suitable cold weather sailing clothing. Mast head floats are still compulsory. All competitors must undertake at least one duty as part of their commitment to the series.

Juniors are invited to join the club from SYCSA on reduced fees. Suitably qualified parents can undertake their duties during the series.

All sailors must appreciate that they are competing under COVID restrictions and these may change at any time. You should satisfy yourself that you are prepared to sail and undertake the activity under these conditions. Please keep to all government guidelines and legal obligations. 

COVID 19 – DSC QR code

Durleigh Sailing Club and SYCSA will both be displaying the new NHS QR codes at the clubhouse in order to facilitate the NHS track and Trace system. 

Irrespective of whether or not you choose to use the App, you are required to continue to book in for EVERY visit you make to the site via our website. ( SYCSA visits will also continue to be recorded via their own system).

Keep safe,