Baltic Wharf Sailing Club

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The Baltic Wharf Sailing Club is a small, informal, RYA affiliated Bristol sailing club, sailing & racing many classes within the floating harbour at the heart of the historic City of Bristol. The club is always open to new members and offers a free try club sailing before you join scheme.

We enjoy spending time on the water and improving our sailing through racing. Racing is friendly, yet competitive, and provides a challenge for both beginners and experienced sailors. We try hard to provide a supportive environment for our newer members and encourage everyone to come along to our regular non-sailing social occasions throughout the year, so all new members can quickly start to sail at Baltic Wharf!

The club meets at Bristol Docks on Saturday afternoons for the main sailing dinghy racing event. We're quite relaxed with regards to the racing rules for beginners & have yet to resort to things like protest committees. For this reason, we've found Baltic Wharf to be a great club with which to start & pursue a sailing interest as a comparatively cheap hobby.

During the summer months we also organise evening club sailing sessions every Thursday. Depending on numbers & what sailors want to do, evenings can be sailed as a race or cruise. Generally, though, most evenings are sailed as a race with a view by most members to gaining an extra trophy at the annual prize giving! Evening sailing is normally followed, as are most club meetings, by food and a drink at the Cottage Inn on the waterside...

In addition to racing we also host a Wednesday cruising program, which is great if you've some extra time on your hands. As there's likely other member's sailing, the idea is that there'll be help on hand if you need advice or assistance while you're on the water. There's also usually either a sandwich or pub stop at some point in the day...

The club's Powerboat is always available to assist sailors & dinghies during all club water sports to make sure everyone's well covered if they need help or advice.
Most members try to regularly practice & learn to drive the motor boat as a bit of an extracurricular activity, so anyone can help when they can while having a bit of extra fun & gaining a few transferable skills at the same time!

BWSC also has an active schedule with regards to visiting other clubs, visits are often spread across several days in the summer & camping is then arranged. If you know of a club that we could be visiting, please let us know.


Where is Baltic Wharf Sailing Club?

Our base & dinghy park, bearing the club sign, is just inside of the road entrance to the Cottage Inn - on the right. If we're not on the water during an event, someone should be in this area - or outside of the Cottage Inn.

Interested in joining, Bristol sailing, or to come along and try racing? Let's see what else we've got...
We're really easy to get to by road, train, bus, bike & foot; there's a train station just down the road, picturesque central cycle routes, regular bus links and a great circular walk around a famous Bristol Harbour. To make a whole family & friends day out of visiting BWSC you can also see Bristol's latest attractions such as The SS Great Britain & Brunel Institute, M Shed, steam cranes, the Arnolfini Gallery & Café, Spike Island, the City Center Fountains and take city bus tours all around the same harbour as the club!

Who can I contact before deciding to join the club?

Our club secretary, Richard Jones, is available to answer all club questions and to make arrangements for perspective members to visit the club. Richard can be contacted by email at:

I don't own a boat. Are BWSC club boats cost effective sailing?

Sailing a BWSC club boat is a great way to try and then progress a sailing hobby. We've a selection of single person and family sized boats available in exchange for a small contribution to the club's petty cash box. Suggested minimum donation per use is currently: single hander - £5, family / friends boat - £10.

Using club boats negates the costs associated with buying vast amounts of equipment to try a new hobby and also the longer term costs of the boat itself, storage and insurance. This makes club boats a very cost effective way of sailing, especially if you're not able to regularly attend the club.

After sailing club boats for a while and progressing their skills & enthusiasm, most members generally make the decision to become boat owners. As well as providing a natural flow of available club boats for newer members, this also means that you can sail whenever you like, make modifications and venture out to visit other clubs - although club boats are still available to take during club arranged away days. A first boat isn't necessarily expensive - they're often cheaper than other sporting equipment!

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Sail in Bristol's Docks with the Baltic Wharf Sailing Club