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Let’s go sailing. Orkney Sailing Club will be Pushing The Boat Out on Saturday 19th May, so please do come along and have a go.

Sailing is great fun, it’s an outdoor sport so you can expect plenty of fresh air and there are skills to be learnt. Maybe you want to go on a leisurely cruise, a deep sea adventure, exploring islands or maybe race against other boats – whatever you want to do, sailing has something for everyone.

The event will operate from our premises at Hatston Slip. There is no charge for the event but we ask that you book in advance through the contact link below, we will give you a specific time to turn up at Hatston. You can expect to be on the water for an hour or so. You will need to bring warm clothes and preferably old trainers or similar in case your feet get wet. We will provide safety equipment and splash proof outerwear.

The club owns dinghies and our members also have catamarans and yachts so there is something for everyone, why not try them all! On arrival we will ask you to sign our event registration form and we will give you a briefing before heading out to the boats. You will be accompanied by experienced sailors and a safety boat will be present throughout. The event is suitable from age 12 years and up, anyone under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

If you would like to join us for a sail please e-mail us at


Orkney Sailing Club welcomes all visitors to the port of Kirkwall whether in a visiting yacht or just a tourist in the Islands. Kirkwall is an ideal base for touring the numerous northern islands of Orkney or a stop off en-route for Shetland or Norway.

There are five special mooring buoys situated throughout the islands for the use of visiting yachts. Their positions can be found in the Yacht information leaflet in the library section.

The Club runs RYA approved sailing courses and has several RYA instructors and senior instructors in its ranks and uses the club owned Wayfarers and Picos for instruction.  On racing nights these boats are often used by past students. Members are usually willing to introduce new members to the sport by taking them as crew and give them a taste of sailing.

On Friday evenings we shall be running a social sailing evening aimed at anyone who would like to sail but not necessary take part in racing on a Thursday evening. Keep an eye on the events page for further updates.

The Club is conveniently located on the harbour front in a listed building known as "The Girnel" in Harbour Street. There are regular dances and functions all year round, check out the social events for a yearly diary of activities that cater for everyone.

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