King's Sailing Club runs on Saturday mornings at Redesmere lake (near Capesthorne Hall). Pupils are able to experience sailing small, single-handed dinghies as well as larger boats - for yachts, speed boats and catamarans, we offer sailing trips to Scotland in the Summer.
Cumbrae Sailing Trip
The annual sailing trip to Cumbrae takes place in July with around 30 - 40 students of varying sailing abilities staying at the Scottish National Sailing Centre. The trip is extremely popular with students and staff with everybody gaining RYA recognised qualifications from basic Level 1 Sailing right up to advanced racing and sailing with spinnakers.
Located in the Firth of Clyde, the island of Cumbrae offers some excellent sailing opportunities with a large variety of boats available and world class tuition and training facilities. Boats on offer range from small single-handed dinghies to catamarans and even yachts. In addition to sailing, our pupils also enjoy fell walking and mountain biking around the island during the evenings.
Sailing represents a number of unique challenges, both physical and mental, and whilst the term resilience is used widely within the school in an academic setting, it also most certainly applies to life at sea. The weather in Scotland is unpredictable, ranging from rough seas to nearly tropical conditions. Thankfully, our pupils are always willing to take on any challenge thrown at them and, year after year, show an infectious enthusiasm and a determination to succeed that perfectly captures the spirit of King’s students.
A number of our Sixth Form students who are more experienced sailors provide guidance and advice for the younger pupils throughout the trip. Several students have achieved fully qualified sailing instructor status through the school's sailing club.
Power boat Level 2 qualifications have also been achieved by a number of students, including Sam Rogers, George Dickinson and Zoe Thomas last year.