The Sailing

The predominant class of boat in the Club for sailing by adults is the reliable GP14, a class that has withstood the test of time and is still very much loved.

However, you will often see Enterprises and Lasers out on the water and any class of boat is welcome.

There are some Club boats available for hire to new Members and Guests and usually some second-hand boats are available for purchase. The Club employs expert carpenters and craftsmen to take care of everything - from that little ding out at the start line to full-blown renovations and even construction of boats from scratch.

We have races every Sunday on Bolgoda Lake. Racing normally starts around 12:15 and we aim for at least 100 minutes of racing but that is entirely dependant on the changeable wind conditions, the course set by the OOD, sailing skills and water hazards. Sometimes we venture onto the ocean for a weekend of fun, the longest race being the 3 day Colombo-Galle race with stopovers in Bentota and Hikkaduwa.

 

Boat Storage

The boat sheds are extensive and accommodate most of the sailing and motor boats at the club. Some motor boats can be moored in the wet sheds. Dry berths are provided by the Club at a very reasonable monthly rental.

Boat launching

With the team of Boat Men we have, boats can be prepared for launching with a little notice. Assistance can also be provided for boats brought to the Club and launched from our slipways, by the members. Boats not stored at the Club may be launched, as long as the boat owner is a Member, or signed in as a Visitor by a Member.

Boat repairs

With the qualified carpenters we have in the team, boat repairs and modifications can be undertaken rapidly.

Boat Building

With the skills on site, new boats can be constructed to order, when the capacity is available. We have the jigs and fixtures available for BOD wooden boat construction, with the spars, fittings and sails needed to be brought down from the UK.

Boatique

The chandlery sells equipment used by the boat owners to improve or repair their craft.

Life Jackets

These are available from the Club, for those who wish to use them.

 

Optimists

For children aged between about 6 and 14 years of age, there is a very active fleet of 30 Optimists, like the ones shown below.

Optis

The ‘Oppies’ can often be seen on the water on Saturdays as well as Sundays, with expert tuition available to an exceptionally high standard, provided by the Yachting Association of Sri Lanka. The young Optimist sailors have represented Sri Lanka in International competition both abroad and in Sri Lanka.