Broadwater Lake, off Moorhall Road
Harefield, Middlesex UB9 6PD
10 mins from the M25/M40 junction


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Broadwater welcomes all classes of mono-hull dinghies up to 4.8m (16ft). Members enjoy an active racing programme, some just like to cruise plus we have a thriving Junior Section.

The main classes that you will see on the water are:
2-handed:Albacore, Enterprise, Graduate, Merlin Rocket, Miracle
Single-handed:Laser, Phantom, Solo, Aero
Junior:Optimist, RS Feva, Topper


Instantly recognisable with its eye-catching blue sails, the Enterprise was designed by Jack Holt as an affordable, performance dinghy for suitable for both racing and family sailing. To aid this versitility two sizes of sail are available, full size racing sails or smaller cruising sails, both using the same mast. Over 23,000 Enterprises have been built, so there is always a good choice of secondhand boats for sale. Prices start at under £500 and a good condition boat, set up for racing, can be found for under £1,000. A new boat built from wood, FRP or composite FRP hull and wooden deck will cost between £4,000 and £6,500. Older 'plastic' boats were built from GRP rather than FRP and are often less competitive for racing than a wooden boat of the same age.

The Enterprise is an easy boat to sail, but to extract its potential when racing requires skill and the class racing attracts many of the country's top sailors. It has a relatively tall mast (good for catching those light summer winds), light but strong construction and excellent manouevrability, ideal for close quarters competition. At Broadwater it sits in the middle of the racing fleet, faster than the Solos and Graduates, and slower than the Lasers, Merlin Rockets and other higher performance boats. So you will always find good boat to boat racing in our mixed fleet Sunday and Wednesday evening series. In addition to the club racing series and regattas, Broadwater hosts an annual 'Open meeting' for visiting Enterprise sailors in the Thames Valley and Eastern areas.

So why not come along and join us. Whether you already have an Enterprise or are thinking of acquiring one, we have a keen fleet of sailors here to welcome you, and if required, give tips on how to get the best from your boat.

Merlin Rocket

Come and sail a Merlin.

The Merlin Rocket sits at the centre of the dinghy-racing scene. It combines the boat handling and tactical racing of the traditional designs with the thrills and excitement of the modern "fast in a straight line" designs.

Upwind, the high aspect rig means that in light and medium wind conditions, the Merlin Rocket is one of the highest pointing dinghies around. It is the bane of the trapeze boat sailor. The power to weight ratio and the controllability of the rig means that planing to windward is common in strong winds, without much loss of pointing ability.

On the reaches, the long spinnaker pole and new 10m2 spinnaker are a powerful combination. The long pole keeps the spinnaker away from the mainsail, so close reaching under spinnaker remains one of the strengths and thrills of Merlin Rocket sailing.

The conventional symmetrical spinnaker remains effective at all sailing angles and so the downwind strategy has to be carefully considered. Do you plug straight downwind or gybe from broad reach to broad reach? It depends! It's your call on the day.

There are more Merlin Rocket photos in the Gallery.


The National Solo is a classic, one-design, single handed dinghy designed by Jack Holt in 1956. The Solo remains a popular dinghy sailed at many clubs in the UK and there are probably more Solo dinghies at Broadwater SC than any other class.

Originally designed in wood, competitive boats are now widely available in Foam Reinforced Plastic (FRP) or composite construction (FRP hull and wood deck) as well as wood.

Photo shows start line at the 2014 Broadwater SC Solo Open held each year the weekend after the RYA Dinghy Show. In 2015 we had 35 Solo's on the water.


As you may already know the Laser is the worlds most popular single-handed sailing dingy as there are now over 190,000 Lasers, sailing in over 120 countries worldwide.

The Laser conforms to the strict one-design specification, which means Lasers have a long competitive life with exactly the same chance of winning, be it a Wednesday evening club race or an open event around the country or a Gold Medal at the London 2012 Olympics

There are three simple, interchangeable rigs that take the growing sailor from using the Broadwater owned Optimist to an introduction to youth sailing with the 4.7 rig and then to full youth sailing in the Radial (5.7m2) with the final step to the full rig (7.06m2). This provides a step- by- step progression in the same equipment in the same Class with the only difference being the sail and lower mast sizes.

The controls are about a simple as you can get, with :-

  • a rudder for steering
  • a rope (Mainsheet) for controlling the sail
  • a rope (Outhaul) to set the sail along the boom
  • a rope (Cunningham) to tighten the front edge of the sail
  • a rope (Vang) to tighten the back edge of the sail
  • and lastly the movable ballast to trim the boat – YOU.

At Broadwater there are about 30 lasers, so for beginners (or the experienced) you will find someone to talk to for advice on just pottering about the lake, or racing.


The Graduate is a one design, double handed sailing dinghy, designed by Dick Wyche in Nottingham in 1952.
The boat has been developed to be a well balanced, fine tuned sailing dinghy whose refinement simply can’t be matched by any of the ‘multi purpose’, ‘multi rigged’, ‘mass produced’ boats of today. Its simple, uncluttered design offers an untroubled sailing experience, making it both a good family boat and excellent racer.
It is easily handled, on and off the water and while a good sea boat it is at its best on inland waters. Unlike many of the offerings from the big manufacturers, the Graduate is not a fashion statement – here today and gone tomorrow, nor does it have an endless list of options. The Graduate is a boat free of complication that has the controls that really matter.
The design is tough and provides low maintenance sailing whether constructed from GRP, Composite, Wood and more recently, Epoxy Foam Sandwich.
The boat embraces modern materials and construction techniques, keeping abreast with developments in the industry. The mainsail has recently been re-designed, increasing the sail area slightly to give the sail a more modern cut. This has led to improved downwind performance and a better gust response.
Other developments include; carbon fiber fly away jib pole - you will never loose a jib pole over the side again! And inboard sheeting, allowing the sheeting position to be adjusted to the cut of your jib, improving upwind sailing and allowing you to point higher.
In race trim, the Graduate is sailed with two people from husband and wife, parent and child, juniors, in fact anyone. The dinghy is also relatively light for a double handed boat. This makes it easy to move around off the water by a single person; important when sailing with youngsters.

The RS Feva fleet at Broadwater now has eleven boats and is set to grow further during 2012.

The Feva is the world’s best selling two-person dinghy in recent years and it’s easy to see why. With mainsail, jib and asymmetric spinnaker, it’s fast and exciting and the ideal next step for kids looking to progress from Oppies and Toppers. And with its high boom and large cockpit, youngsters and adults can have the fun of sailing the Feva together.

There are 2 Fevas belonging to the Club which are available to sail (under supervision) for members enrolled in the Junior sailing programme. So at Broadwater there are opportunities for training, racing or just enjoying being afloat!

For those with competitive ambitions, there is an active UK and International racing circuit. This year’s RS Feva World Championship is being held at Hayling Island with over 100 boats from at least 8 countries.

For more information click here.


The Miracle was one of the last creations by the celebrated British designer Jack Holt, as a larger successor to the popular Mirror Dinghy.

It is an extremely versatile and forgiving design and whether being cruised by a family on a river estuary, or raced with jib, main and spinnaker, offers loads of fun. It is lightweight, comparatively stable and with three sealed buoyancy compartments, virtually unsinkable, yet it still provides all the excitement associated with a one-design planing racing-boat.

Miracles have become a popular class at Broadwater in recent years. We now have a fleet of about ten and host an annual two day open meeting for the class. Our Miracle owners are regular participants in the club’s racing and other activities and are very happy to help each other out. One member built his from a kit in the 1980s and races it regularly, while good second hand boats of either wood or fibreglass are readily available. There are also a few specialist builders offering new boats to order.

We welcome new Miracle owners to Broadwater.

Peter Joseph is now registered as a measurer for the Miracle class and available to certify boats without a measurement certificate ahead of Broadwater's Miracle Open and can also sign off new sets of sails if required.

For more information please contact our Miracle Fleet Captain, Barry Mellor, here.


The Aero fleet is Broadwater's newest and fastest growing, having reached half a dozen boats in its first year.

That's no surprise as RS Sailing’s new one-design is quick and great fun to sail. Its interchangeable 5, 7 and 9 square meter rigs suit a wide range of abilities and helm sizes and with a hull weight of only 30kg it is also easy handle out of the water.

The design is well suited to Broadwater as it glides effortlessly across the lake in light airs and will start planing once the wind speed gets into double digits. Above that people often just rig a smaller sail and carry on. The Aero is a bit faster than most of our other single handers with anything larger than a 5 sail, although the difference is not so large as to eliminate competitive handicap and pursuit racing and there are already enough Aeros to allow uncompensated competition if that’s what you want.

Away from the club, there is already a strong class association offering helpful advice and organising national and international competitions. While support from the manufacturer has been outstanding, with them having no hesitation in rectifying the few faults that have come to light in first full season of the Aero’s production.

A new boat will cost you a little more than a ubiquitous Laser, but less than a Solo and that’s pretty good value for something with carbon fibre spars. Second hand boats are still rare, but they do occasionally appear on the class association's website, albeit for not much less than a new boat.

Come and join our fleet. It’s not just for competitive racers. Yes, the fastest racer in the fleet has one, but arguably (with apologies if you think it's you) so does one of the slowest.

Fleet captain: Peter Joseph

To contact Peter click here.

Updated on 15/05/2017 07:58:38 by Sonia  Printable Version

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