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Wraysbury Lake Sailing Club
94a Welley Road
Middlesex, TW19 5EP

Clubhouse mobile No.
- 07407 473300
Club Mobile No.
- 07848-038698

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Courses at 15% discount for members

Situated in the Thames Valley to the west of London
Committed to friendly family and competitive dinghy sailing

Welcome to our Sailing section

Our sailing activities fall into these groups:

1. Sunday series races
2. Optimist training and racing
3. Youths on Boats activities
4. Summer Wednesday evenings
5. Training
6. General cruising.

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2013 Spring Series results


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The Beaufort wind scale

Wind Force  Knots  WMO  Appearance of Wind Effects On the Water  Appearance On Land
0 Less than 1 Calm Sea surface smooth and mirror-like Calm, smoke rises vertically
1 1-3 Light Air Scaly ripples, no foam crests Smoke drift indicates wind direction, still wind vanes
2 4-6 Light Breeze Small wavelets, crests glassy, no breaking Wind felt on face, leaves rustle, vanes begin to move
3 7-10 Gentle Breeze Large wavelets, crests begin to break, scattered whitecaps Leaves and small twigs constantly moving, light flags extended
4 11-16 Moderate Breeze Small waves 1-4 ft. becoming longer, numerous whitecaps Dust, leaves, and loose paper lifted, small tree branches move
5 17-21 Fresh Breeze Moderate waves 4-8 ft taking longer form, many whitecaps, some spray Small trees in leaf begin to sway
6 22-27 Strong Breeze Larger waves 8-13 ft, whitecaps common, more spray Larger tree branches moving, whistling in wires
7 28-33 Near Gale Sea heaps up, waves 13-20 ft, white foam streaks off breakers Whole trees moving, resistance felt walking against wind
8 34-40 Gale Moderately high (13-20 ft) waves of greater length, edges of crests begin to break into spindrift, foam blown in streaks Whole trees in motion, resistance felt walking against wind
9 41-47 Strong Gale High waves (20 ft), sea begins to roll, dense streaks of foam, spray may reduce visibility Slight structural damage occurs, slate blows off roofs
10 48-55 Storm Very high waves (20-30 ft) with overhanging crests, sea white with densely blown foam, heavy rolling, lowered visibility Seldom experienced on land, trees broken or uprooted, "considerable structural damage"
11 56-63 Violent Storm Exceptionally high (30-45 ft) waves, foam patches cover sea, visibility more reduced  
12 64+ Hurricane Air filled with foam, waves over 45 ft, sea completely white with driving spray, visibility greatly reduced  

Why the weather is important

Why the weather is important As a dinghy sailor you soon learn that knowing the direction and strength of the wind is vital to becoming a good sailor. For many boats there are adjustments that can be made, some before you go afloat and some you make on the move, that are needed to get the most from your class of dinghy. Each class has its own foibles, and most have guides for setting up your boat. In the early stages of your sailing you seek moderate wind strengths. Sufficient to get you moving, not enough to cause you problems. Ideally a Force 2 (4 to 6 knots) of breeze. However, anything on the Force 1 to 3 range (1 knot to 10 knots) will do. So here are some weather resources to help you decide what this weekend is likely to be. I'd welcome feedback and comments on the links provided, please use the contact form.

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