Useful Links






The Royal Yachting Association is the master association for all sailing, windsurfing and boating in the UK.

The RYA provides enormous resources to the sailing world, including legal help, training (inc. coaching our very successful Olympic Team), the Portsmouth handicap scheme & the racing rules (which we use) and loads more.

WGCSC is affiliated to the RYA.

RYA East

The Royal Yachting Association Eastern Region


The National School Sailing Association is a registered charity which promotes sailing as part of the educational experience of young people.


The Hertfordshire Youth Dinghy Racing Squad began in 2001 to provide race coaching and experience to sailors under the age of 19.


International Sailing Federation. The international authority for the sport.


The United Kingdom Sailing Academy is a registered charity and a non profit making organisation. It was set up with the specific aim of providing top quality seamanship and sailing training.


RYA Sailability is the leading UK charity for disabled sailing and is the official charity of the RYA.




weather and tide


Local weather

Five day forecast for Welwyn Garden City from the BBC.

Local weather

Five day forecast for the region from the Met Office.

Met Office Weather

Forecast for inshore waters from the Met Office.


United Kingdom Hydrographic Office's (UKHO) free online tidal prediction service. Seven day tidal predictions for over 6,000 ports worldwide.

UK wind map updated four times a day.







Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Volunteer crews funded by voluntary donations provide a 24-hour rescue service around the coast of the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Trinity House

Trinity House provides nearly 600 Aids to navigation ranging from storm lashed lighthouses like Bishop Rock off the Isles of Scilly to lightvessels and buoys in the English Channel.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Promotion of maritime safety and protection of the marine environment.

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Providing navigational services to the Royal Navy and the merchant marine.






National Maritime Museum

The Museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea, including maritime art (both British and 17th-century Dutch), cartography, manuscripts including official public records, ship models and plans, scientific and navigational instruments, time-keeping and astronomy (based at the Observatory), and in many other categories.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Unique displays of boats and their place in people's lives. Home to the majority of the NMM small-boat collection.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Live and breathe our nation's naval heritage through three of the most important warships ever built - Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Historic Dockyard Chatham contains 47 scheduled ancient moments and is the most complete dockyard from the age of sail in the world.

HMS Trincomalee

HMS Trincomalee 1817 is berthed afloat at Hartlepool Historic Quay in North East England, where a major award-winning restoration and interpretation of the ship was completed in the early summer of 2001.

The Cutty Sark

Most famous of the elegant clipper ships, now restored and on display at Greenwich.

RSS Discovery

Royal Research Ship Discovery. Exhibition and ship on display at Dundee.

HM Frigate Unicorn

“The World’s most original Wooden Warship”. His Majesty’s Frigate Unicorn, of 46 guns, was built in Chatham and launched in 1824. On display at Victoria Dock, Dundee.




hints, tips and articles


Racing flags

Racing flags and how they are used.


How to read telltales. All you need to know from this Finnish sailmaker's site.

Ropers Knots Page

Information and links on just about everything you might need to know about knots.

More about Boating Knots and Rope Housekeeping from the Scouts

Some further information you might need to know about ropes and knots.




general sailing sites


UK Dinghy Racing

A comprehensive site listing clubs, classes, sailing tips, books, weather, coaching, results and many other dinghy racing things.

Yachts and Yachting

Another very good site covering all aspects of sailing.

Dinghy and small keelboat racing online.

Dinghy Trader

Dinghies bought and sold. Marine products and services.

Apollo Duck

New and used sailing dinghies for sale.

Dinghy Shop

The online site for buying and selling dinghies.

Boats and Outboards

Welcome to boatsandoutboards the site to buy and sell boats and outboards!

UK Sailing Index

Sailing links.

Dinghy Database

Aims to be a comprehensive database of dinghies sailed around the world.

Sailing Source

Newsletters, news and features. Sailing links.

A website for buying and selling dinghies, multihulls, small keelboats and equipment.


Information on race signals, starting sequences, running races, the international code flags, the new racing rules, the Beaufort wind scale,wind chill, heat index, links to clubs and also their AutoHoot product.


Welcome to PORT - Premier portal of high-quality maritime resources on the Internet.

This website is built upon several databases allowing sailors and boaters to access, post and share information.

A sail and sailing only Search Engine and Directory.

Information on marinas, slipway and tidal data.

Latest information about Ellen MacArthur.

Go Sail

Site concerned with everything that sails.




boat repair


Brett Dingwall

The complete boat repair service in GRP or wood. Close to M25 and M1. Telephone Radlett 01923 854670 or email

Noble Marine

Noble Marine Insurance repairers and suppliers database.


Sail repair, Kettering




equipment and clothing


D.B. Boat Bits

100 Wingate Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8PY.
Telephone/Fax: 01582 599316
Mobile: 07714 958600

Wetsuit Outlet

Watersports clothing at competitive rates.

Virtual Rigger - Your on-line chandlery with a personal service

A wide range of chandlery from the Chandlers who support Annabel and Bryony.

Northampton Sailboats

Clothing, chandlery and boat sales.

Welsh Harp

The Chandlery prides itself on its depth of stock and attention to the service of its customers, old and new, young and old!

DAM Watersports

Drysuits and drysuit repairs. Contact Andi Riley on 01234 267314 or email:






Norfolk Broads Yachting Company

Yachting holidays on the Norfolk Broads. A unique selection of historic gaff yachts and modern, newly constructed yachts catering for most tastes and abilities.

Hunter's Yard

The Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust run Hunter's Yard, offering traditional Broads yachts for hire and maintaining this unique collection of yachts with traditional skills.




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