About Locks Sailing Club

The Locks has a reputation as a vibrant club with an active racing fleet and good junior training.

Locks has many members who joined the club as juniors and benefited from the advice and training offered to them; as they have grown up they have trained the incoming young sailors, including their own children and this has led to a strong commitment to training and the involvement of families within the club. Locks has active sailors of all ages from 7- 80 years.

In September 2001 Locks was awarded Volvo Champion Club status in recognition of the club's commitment to youth sail training.

Locks encourages the involvement of active sailing members, particularly participation in the regular dinghy racing that takes place from Easter through to Christmas. Races are held on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season with evening races when the tide timetable permits.

If you want a club with regular competitive racing and a relaxed atmosphere, where you will not get thrown out of the bar for wearing the wrong tie, then Locks should suit you perfectly, whether young or old.

Location

Locks Sailing Club is located in Langstone Harbour (www.langstoneharbour.org.uk) close to its entrance;  the harbour lies to the east of Portsmouth and is relatively little known and untouched. The club's location allows racing in the shelter of the harbour as well as outside in the Solent.  For the less experienced sailor there is ready access to the lake at high water, this offers safer protected waters for training and racing, or just fun.

The harbour is designated a site of Special Scientific Interest and is rich with flora and fauna, and it is a bird watcher's paradise. Whilst being at the centre of a three harbour estuary complex, Langstone is much quieter than either Portsmouth or Chichester harbours and all this makes it a wonderful location in which to sail.

Club  Facilities

The club has a small but secure compound; the slip way allows access to the water at all states of the tide.  The club house has well equipped changing rooms, kitchen and bar.  The smooth operation of the club relies on the teamwork of volunteers to run the races and staff the bar.

Social Scene 
There are regular social events including quizzes, dinner dances and supporting entertainment for regattas.

Classes 
The ubiquitous Laser, Laser Radial and Wayfarers are raced alongside various types of RS representing the more exotic side of the sport; catamarans are not sailed at Locks because there is insufficient compound space.  There is also a cruiser sailing section.

Sailing 
Races are run under the Portsmouth yardstick scheme with individual handicaps applied to even out the competition. High water races start just outside the clubhouse with low water races starting from the Eastney Cruising Association line in the harbour entrance.

 Bob Selby

Cruiser Section

While Locks is known predominantly for dinghy racing there is a long tradition of small cruising yachts belonging to club members who take advantage of the very sheltered waters of Langstone Harbour.  We currently have 18 drying moorings in Eastney Lake which is a patch of water in the south west corner of the harbour adjacent to the clubhouse and a very safe and secure location with easy access to the harbour entrance and the waters of the Solent.  The moorings are just to the north of the Premier Southsea Marina  (www.premiermarinas.com/southsea)  and are located either side of the dredged main channel. Depending on the height of the tide and their draft, yachts can be used for around 2-3 hours either side of high water.  The moorings themselves are managed by Langstone Harbour Board with club members paying mooring fees and Harbour Dues annually (varying with size between £139 - £259).  It is the responsibility of the boat owners for the provision and maintenance of their own mooring tackle.

The club owns a number of small tenders for the exclusive use of the cruiser owners for an annual fee of £20.  Members provide their own rowlocks and oars (or outboards) and working parties are organised in the Spring for all cruiser members to undertake any necessary maintenance.

The cruiser section is essentially a self-help group and, although we do not generally pre-arrange sailing trips, we do keep in regular contact with each other and, when conditions are favourable, go out on rallies to all destinations in the Solent area and the occasional  trip further afield.  Most crews are family orientated and very friendly which is great for both the new sailor or the more experienced skipper.

For more information please contact the Commodore at commodore@lockssc.co.uk .

 

 

Brian Davies, April 2013