Welcome to Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club

We are a friendly, family sailing club, located on the beautiful North Norfolk coast.

We enjoy a stunning sailing area, a lively clubhouse that serves great food, and a great environment to learn to sail - especially for juniors.

Please browse the site to learn more, and do get in contact if you would like to visit or are interested in joining, and click here to see what's happening in the Clubhouse  See you on the water!


Sail Training Notes 2019

Notes for Sail Training 2019          


Hello Members – we are looking forward to another Sail Training week this year which is taking place from 4th-11th August. 


The application process is about to open!  We will be welcoming your applications in the next 10 days.  Please apply online at www.bsscsailtraining.com where the application form will be made available from 1st -10th March inclusive.  Please also note that this year we are also taking online applications for the Trainee Assistant Instructor course and the Seamanship Skills course during this period only.  We aim to get back to all applicants by the end of April.  


Please note that it is not first come first served.  The application process, selection criteria and courses offered are on the website. You might find it helpful to read this carefully before you apply.  This year we expect all applicants for Stages 3, Start Racing and Improve Your Racing to provide their own Topper.  We will only loan Toppers to those on Stage 2 unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Trainee Assistant Instructors – we have decided to change how we train the assistant instructors to a focused three day session ahead of the Sail Training week.  This year the training takes place on Friday 2nd , Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August. In previous years the course has run throughout the whole week but in order to improve the AI training, we have chosen to run this in advance of the core week of activity. 


We welcome applicants age 15 and over who have passed Stage 4 and at least one advanced RYA  module (Sailing with Spinnakers, Seamanship Skills or Intermediate Racing).  For those that would like to take the Seamanship Skills course, we are offering a 2 day course on the weekend of July 27th and 28th.


Please note that you should be able to sail to the standard of Seamanship Skills in order to successfully complete the Assistant Instructor training. There will not be time on the AI course to focus on improving your skills in this respect, with the aim of the course, being to complete the necessary elements to become an Assistant Instructor.


The Assistant Instructor training is an intensive 20 hour course split over three days. An element of preparation in advance will be required including background reading and planning for a 10 minute presentation to be completed on the course. Full details will be provided in due course. This year we will charge £100 to do the 3 day course however students will receive a full refund upon successful completion of the week.


If anyone has any queries about the Assistant Instructor training, please contact Nick Williams, nickwilliams.uk91@gmail.com or 07704 422548. 


Dates and timings: 

27th and 28th July: Seamanship Skills

2nd/3rd/4th August: Trainee Assistant Instructors

Sunday 4th August: Indicative Timings

13:00 Lead Instructor Briefing

13:30 Briefing All Instructors 

14:00 Staggered Boat Checks (to include Safety Boats)

17:00 Parent and Child Briefing (everyone to attend) 

17:30 Safety Boat and Volunteer Briefing 

18.00 BBQ


Courses will be run over the period Monday 5th August – Saturday 10th August.

Sunday 11th August: Prize Giving at 10.30am


Prices: Prices have been increased this year after several years of no change:

·      Stage 1: £135 

·      Stages 2 and 3: £270 

·      Stages 4, Start Racing and Improve Your Racing: £215

·      Sailing with Spinnakers £110

·      Seamanship Skills: £110 

·      Trainee Assistant Instructors: £100  



Instructors: For any qualified instructors looking to take part in Sail Training please get in touch with Georgie at the address below. 

For any further queries, please email bsscsailtraining@yahoo.co.uk.

We are greatly looking forward to another busy and exciting sail training week and we look forward to receiving your applications in the coming days.

Georgie Child and Charlie Vivian

BSSC Sail Training Committee

Powerboat Courses 2019

Dear Member


We are pleased to continue to offer Powerboat Courses and have now finalised the dates for 2019, further details along with pricing below. Any booking for an RYA course paid for before 31st January 2019 will be eligible for a discount of £20 per person.


Having now gained recognition for the RYA Safety Boat Course, we will be offering this in addition to PBL1, PBL2 and 2 and 4-hour private sessions (these can also be undertaken in your own boat).


RYA Powerboat Level 1


Content: Basic boat handling, including launching and recovery, steering controls, securing to a buoy and leaving and coming alongside.

Duration: 1 Days (6 hours total of which 4 hours is spent on the water).

Pre Course Ability: None required

Ability after course: An understanding of how to launch and recover a powerboat, and an awareness of the basic controls and safety considerations. 

Students will be issued with an RYA Powerboat Level 1 Certificate upon successful completion of the course. 

Students under 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate (subject to successful completion). 

Price and Dates: Please contact us for more details. 

Minimum Age: 12. Students under 16, must be accompanied by a parent / guardian. 


RYA Powerboat Level 2


Content: Basic boat handling, launching and recovery of craft, picking up a mooring, coming alongside, anchoring, driving at planing speed, man overboard. Theory of tides, weather, collision regulations, buoyage and introduction to navigation.

Duration: 2 Days (16 hours total of which 4 hours is spent on the water each day).

Pre Course Ability: None required

Ability after course: Self sufficient small powerboat driver.

Students will be issued with an RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate upon successful completion of the course. They will also be eligible to apply for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

Powerboat Level 2 is also a pre-requisite to complete an RYA Dinghy Instructor Course.

Students under 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate (subject to successful completion) but will not be eligible to apply for the ICC.

Minimum Age: 12. Students under 16, must be accompanied by a parent / guardian. 

Price:             Members: £320

Non Members: £350

Bookings of 3 people are eligible for 10% discount.

Dates:            March: 30-31

                        April: 13-14, 21-22, 27-28

                        May: 4-6, 11-12, 25-26

                        June: 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30

                        July: 6-7, 20-21

                        August: 17-18, 24-25

                        September: 7-8

                        October: 5-6, 19-20


RYA Safety Boat


Content: Techniques for assisting dinghies and windsurfers, providing safety cover, search and rescue patterns and towing. Theory of rescuing kite surfers and canoes / kayaks and equipment to be carried on board.

Duration: 2 Days (16 hours total of which 4 hours is spent on the water each day).

Pre Course Ability: Students must hold a Coastal RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate. An understanding of sailing is also beneficial. 

Ability after course: Able to provide Safety Boat cover for sailing dinghies and windsurfers.

Students will be issued with an RYA Safety Boat Certificate upon successful completion of the course. This is a pre-requisite course to become an RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor. 

Minimum Age: 16

Price:             Members: £320

Non Members: £350

Bookings of 3 people are eligible for 10% discount.

Dates:            Any PBL2 scheduled date. 


Private Powerboat Tuition (2 Hours)

Content: This is private tuition and can be tailored to you and can be run in your own boat. Please note that you must ensure you have valid insurance cover to have tuition carried out in your own craft. 

This is not an RYA course and is therefore not certificated. 

Duration: 2 Hours (on the water) 

Pre Course Ability: None required

Price:             £195 (£100 in own boat)

The above price is for up to 3 people. Please note that 3 or 4 hour sessions can also be arranged. Further details upon request.


For all enquiries or to make a booking, please contact Nick Williams. bssccourses@gmail.comTel: 07704 422548. (Note he deals with all enquiries at weekends and in the evening).


Full payment and confirmation in writing from us is required to secure a booking.


Provisional dates for 2019

Sail training 5-10 August
sailing Week 19-23 August

Kind regards 

Paul King 

Clubhouse manager/membership secretary