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RS21 Keelboat Sailing - Inside the M25!

We are excited to launch the QMSC keelboat programme. Using RS21s we can now offer keelboat membership, keelboat training courses and keelboat racing as well as social sailing in keelboats. (What is an RS21 keelboat?)

Keelboats provide a stable platform for sailing without the physical stress of hiking out or crouching down, reducing stress on back, hips and knees. There is more space in the boat to move around and a different social dynamic.  With 3 or 4 people on the boat, the crewing experience can be far more rewarding. And of course, there is no need to wear a wetsuit as you do not get so wet! 

Keelboat membership options: 

  • Keelboats Select Membership is £50 per month, or a bolt on of £40 per month for existing Members. Giving you access to the boats Monday to Friday, this membership also includes attending keelboat clubs and a 40% discount on keelboat activities and courses. 
  • The John Merricks Keelboat Academy for Young Adults aged 16 to 25 years old, £25 per month. Access to boats Monday to Friday including keelboat clubs and 50% discount on courses. 

Want to try it out first: 

  • Option for Beginner Sailors - RYA Keelboat Level 1 followed by RYA Keelboat Level 2. Courses run over a full weekend learning the basics of sailing and keel boating.    
  • Options for Experienced Sailor - If you’re an experienced dinghy sailor our ‘Keelboat conversion and skipper training’ course is the perfect first step. This is an orientation day to show you how the RS21s are rigged and sailed and to sign you off as an RS21 Skipper. 

Booking options at the bottom of this page, please follow the text links to book Keelboat Level 1 or 2: 

  • Introduction to Keelboat Racing - £125 
  • RS21 Race Training Day - £125
  • QM Keelboat conversion and skipper training - £125
  • RYA Keelboat Level 1 (Two day course) - £285
  • RYA Keel Boat level 2 (Two day course) - £285

Non-members are very welcome to join in the fun - Members of QMSC will receive a 20% discount on courses above

Join QM Keelboat membership and save up to 50% on keelboat courses

If you are interested in finding out more please email sailondon@queenmary.org.uk 

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Introduction to Keelboat Racing

Our QMSC's 'Introduction to Keelboat Racing' is a day designed for anyone with an interest in sailing RS21s racing keelboats.

The session will start with a briefing at 09:30 before heading out on the water, in crews of four, to learn how to rig and sail RS21s. After lunch we hit the racecourse with a series of short races. The day will be lead by race coaches and with an event support team to make it all happen smoothly, drinks in the club and prize giving at 15:30... it's going to be a fantastic day!

Price includes packed lunch on the water and first drink after sailing.

RS21 Race Training

The Race Training day is designed for those who have already attended our 'Introduction to Keelboat Racing' days or have previous keelboat racing experience.

Please come with either a formed team of 3-4 people or with one or two specific roles in mind from the following: main/kite trim, helm and jib trim/pitx2. The aim will be to get you working in a team smoothly with coaching on the specific roles. Led by race coaches, the day will consist of mainly training ending in a race series, followed by a prize giving ashore. Come and get competitive!

 

RS21 Training

RS21 Introduction to Keelboat Racing

A day training to race RS21s - how to rig, set up and sail this new exciting class of boat. Leading into racing with on the water coaching and a series of races. 

£125.00

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RS21 Friday Keelboat Club

Keelboat club is a sailing meet up included in the Club's 'Keelboat Select' and 'John Merricks Keelboat Academy' Memberships. All other Members get a 20% discount and non-members are welcome at the prices advertise.

It's a mix of competitive racing, social sailing, meeting people, making great friendships, regular sailing and at the top of the agenda is having fun!

£20.00

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RS21 Saturday Keelboat Club

Our Saturday Keelboat club is a sailing meet up included in the Club's 'Keelboat Select' and 'John Merricks Keelboat Academy' Memberships. All other Members get a 20% discount and non-members are welcome at the prices advertise.

It's a mix of competitive racing, social sailing, meeting people, making great friendships, regular sailing and at the top of the agenda is having fun!

£25.00

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RS21 QMSC Keelboat Skipper Training

Come and sail in style on our RS21 keelboats, developing your teamwork and communication skills to become a QM Skipper, and to endorse your RYA Level 2 certificate with keelboat recognition if you have this qualification.

This course also serves as a keelboat orientation day, to show you how they are used here at QMSC and sign off as an RS21 Skipper at Queen Mary Sailing Club.

Prior to attending this course you should have comfortably mastered the skills learnt on the Dinghy Level 2 sailing course or have equivalent sailing experience.

£125.00

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RS21 Race Training Day

Improve your keelboat racing skills with a morning of training and an afternoon race series. Ideal for those who have already attended our 'Intro to Keelboat Racing' day or have previous keelboat racing experience. Come in teams or with an ideal role in mind e.g. helm.

£125.00

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Women's RS21 Keelboating (STC)

Come along and get sailing in an RS21 with like-minded women. This course is suitable for all abilities from beginner to advanced. The day is about getting out on the water and having a good time. This is being run as part of the 'Steering the Course Festival' 2022 to promote women in sailing. Get involved now and feel free to invite your friends or family!

£50.00