Fleet Captain: Derek Richards


Chelmarsh Sailing Club hosts many different classes of boats. Sometimes there may be only one, sometimes two or three. In order to be all inclusive and encourage all to sail, no matter what preference you have for a boat, the ‘menagerie’ class was born.  All classes of dinghy are welcome as long as they have a PY between 950 and 1158.


Currently we have a mix of traditional and modern designs sailing, from Mirrors and Wanderers to asymmetric designs such as Xenon's, Stratos, Topper Sports and RS classes. If you'd like to try a Menagerie Fleet boat the club has several Xenons and RS Fevas should you want to give it a go!


If you have a menagerie boat you can take part in the racing on Sundays throughout the year and additionally on Wednesday evenings during the summer, in our ‘nightcap pursuit’.

Menagerie sailors are also welcome to attend the annual Sailing Club away event; our ‘Aberdovey weekend’ in May and many enter the Bala Long Distance race, which usually takes place at the end of June or early July. In August we have our own 2 hour endurance race for the Menagerie at Chelmarsh with a mass start and results worked out on handicap. Two hours might not seem that long but it may be a good idea to take some provisions on board!

The Menagie Fleet getting ready to launch

If racing is not your thing then why not come to Chelmarsh on a Saturday? This is very popular with people who just want to sail and, during the summer months, safety boat cover is provided (during other times sailors organise their own safety cover). There is also a group that meet on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons to which you would be welcome.

Menagerie boats also frequently take part in the Chelmarsh ‘Away Days’. We have enjoyed great trips to Rutland, Bala, Llyn Brenig and Rudyard Lake. Cruising, picnic lunches and an evening meal together complete these trips.


Menagerie

The Menagerie Fleet getting ready to launch on the reservoir