The two main Dinghy Fleets at SLYC are the Topper dinghy and the ILCA dinghy (originally known as the Laser).  With the Sailing & Powerboat School building the foundations for these sailors, dinghy sailors race on Tuesday nights at the club.

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The SLYC Pathway


The SLYC Pathway is designed to take someone from being a beginner sailor through to being an independent racer, capable of sailing a dinghy by themselves to a high standard. The Pathway includes a combination of structured learning and development through our RYA sailing and racing courses, as well as “time out on the water” gaining experience at our Sunday Sailing School, and Tuesday Night Dinghy Racing. The ultimate objective is up to the individual, whether you go onto compete at sailing events, become an instructor, or just sail socially. Whatever the objective, SLYC will help you achieve it!

Information on our Sunday Sailing School and RYA Youth Sailing courses can be found under the “Sailing and Powerboat School” tab. Further information on Tuesday Night Racing can be found below. If you have any questions regarding our pathway, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dinghy Racing


Every Tuesday night there is club racing for dinghies of all types single and double handed and although it is more competitive that Sunday mornings it is good fun and all those who are racing on Sunday mornings are encouraged to come along and have a go. If you do not own your own boat club toppers can be rented at a charge of £5 and Bahia £10 for the night. Booking can be arranged through the club office or this website or if out of hours an honesty box system will be in operation.

Sailors should be down early enough to be changed and ready to launch by 6.45pm. There are usually 2 to 3 races depending on the weather.

Strangford Lough Youth Series


As part of Sunday sailing six of the clubs in Strangford Lough run a Youth Series. Each club holds a race day where a few short races are run. This is a fun event and children of all abilities are encouraged to take part. Last year it was very well supported by the young sailors and many prizes were won with the overall shield going to Strangford Sailing Club We have a club road trailer and hope to use this to transport club toppers to the various clubs. The Youth Series events for this year are on the Youth Sailing programme attached along with other sailing events that may be of interested .