Bewl Water

Bewl Sailing Association (BSA).

We are delighted to return to Bewl Water with four races over two days, including participation in the fourth Bart’s Bash event to raise the profile of sailing generally and support Sailing for the Disabled.

Information from Tim Last, who has been busy organising this event for WCOA.

Bewl Water has been reinvigorated as a leisure venue under the management of Markerstudy Limited (MSL), in conjunction with Bewl Sailing Association (BSA). There is a good Wanderer fleet at Bewl and the return of the Inland Championship is an excellent opportunity to share this 770-acre water.

Weather permitting, there will be three races on Saturday, generously coordinated by the Bewl Sailing Association. On Sunday there will be a single afternoon race, again managed by BSA, and we are invited to participate in Barts Bash events at Bewl throughout the day.

Races will be approximately 45 mins in duration, with the two morning races on Saturday being run back-to-back. Similarly, the two afternoon races will run back-to-back.

The Race Entry Fee is £25. The entry form will be downloadable from the Wanderer website and will also be available on the day.


Steve Blake of Hartley Boats has kindly agreed to present prizes, including:

  • The Dolphin Sails Trophy for the Inland Champions

  • Prizes for the best ‘white sails’ dinghy and the oldest dinghy to complete all four races

  • Assorted prizes have been generously offered by Hartley Boats, Edge Sails and Markerstudy Ltd to be allocated for crews and helms for effort and perseverance as judged by the WCOA chairman, Hartley Boats, and our Race Officers.

Bart’s Bash

Sunday 17 September coincides with the annual Bart’s Bash event, and we look forward to joining Bewl Sailing Association along with Mariners of Bewl, a charity providing sailing for the disabled.

Plans for the day include a morning race of c. 75 mins for all classes and abilities, followed by a BBQ lunch and an afternoon fun race for the less competitive Wanderer fleet as an alternative to the fourth and final Inland Championships race.

We are very keen for the Wanderers to support Bart’s Bash activities and hope you will join in with other Bewl sailors and guests contributing to the foremost sailing charity.

Training Options

Wanderers are welcome to arrive from Friday afternoon onwards to rig boats and meet local class sailors. For those unfamiliar with dinghy racing or Bewl Water, Martin Brooking, a keen and regular racer with BSA has very kindly offered to provide a beginners guide to racing, including the start procedures, rights of way and practical considerations. Weather and light permitting there will be a cruise for those wishing to familiarise with the water.

In addition, a representative of Hartley Boats will be onsite throughout the weekend to assist in setting up your Wanderer for your sailing preferences, as well as offering general tuning advice and a chandlery service.

Social Events (TBC)

On Friday evening there are some nice local pubs to enjoy and we will endeavour to arrange a nautical quiz.

On Saturday evening, Bewl will be delighted to host us at for three-course dinner at the Boat House Bistro and share some of their plans to redevelop the water. For those enjoying dinner there will be no launch fees

Overnight Accommodation

Bewl has a dedicated camping area on Friday and Saturday evenings that will be reserved for tents, caravans or motorhomes belonging to WCOA members. Separated from public parking and near to the dinghy park, pitches are on hard-standing or grass, laid out with a lovely view of the reservoir. There are toilets and showers facilities nearby, though no electric hookup. Camping is £10 per night (TBC).

For those preferring to make their own arrangements, detail of other local accommodation is available at: http://www.visittunbridgewells.com/accommodation


Inland Championships Provisional Programme

Friday 15 September

On land

On the water

16:00 Race briefing for beginners

17:00 Bewl familiarisation cruise

19:30 Adjourn to pub


Saturday 16 September

09:00 Race entry and sign on

10:30 Briefing from Race Officer

Not before 11:00 - Race One

13:00 (approx) Lunch

Not before 14:00 – Race Two, followed by Race Three

19:00 Dinner at The Bistro


Sunday 17 September – Bart’s Bash

10:15 Bart’s Bash race briefing

Not before 11:00 – Bart’s Bash Race

13:00 (approx) BBQ lunch & Bart’s Bash prize giving

Not before 14:00 – Race Four

Not before 15:00 WCOA prize giving




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