Welcome to Frensham Pond Sailing Club. Based on a beautiful lake in South West Surrey, the club welcomes new members, both experienced sailors and those wishing to learn. If you would like to find out more, please look further at our website or why not take the opportunity to visit and talk with the club manager or the clubs members. Frensham Pond is a club for all ages, all abilities and all seasons.

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RYA Training Centre Chief Instructor

After 8 years as Chief Instructor John Townsley has decided the time has come to step away from the role.

The Chief Instructor has a substantial job with courses for over 200 students to plan and organise; and a large team of Instructors to co-ordinate, with over 30 of them involved during a week when courses are running. The Chief Instructor is then ever-present and responsible for delivering the courses safely and to a high standard of instruction. It is a year-round role requiring a huge amount of time and commitment.

John has approached the job with professionalism, complete dedication and unwavering good humour. No detail misses his attention and nothing ever seems to fluster him - at least he doesn't show it! - no matter what students, parents or even his own instructors surprise him with. John has also engaged a large number of youngsters at the Club in instructing and then guided their development from helping with courses through to working as Senior Instructors.

It is difficult to adequately convey what has been achieved during his tenure but the Club's small army of volunteers ably guided by John have generated considerable income for the Club during the past eight years. John will, of course, see his achievements more in terms of the number of people introduced to our sport, the number of young Club members who have learnt how to instruct and the quality of the instruction provided.

"Awesome" is a much overused word and in John's case completely inadequate. We cannot thank him enough for his contribution to the Club and to our sport.

The New Chief Instructor

Obviously, the RYA Training Centre cannot function without a Chief Instructor and we are pleased to announce that Sam Ford has been promoted to the role. Sam joined the Club as full-time Lead Instructor in September and in a short time has demonstrated both his abilities as an instructor and his knowledge of activity centre management. He has taken a central role alongside Stefan and John in developing the Training Centre's plans for 2022 and takes on the role of Chief Instructor during a period of significant evolution. We look forward to the next stage in the development of training at FPSC and wish Sam well in his new role.

Sam continues to report to Stefan (as RYA Training Principal) and John will, of course, continue to support the Training Centre and, in particular, Sam during 2022.

The General Committee


Sam can be contacted through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stefan can be contacted through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General course enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call for Nominations for the General Committee for 2022

Advance Notice of Nomination Requirements for Club Officers and General Committee Members

Our 70th Annual General Meeting, to be held on Friday 28th January 2022, will include the customary election of Officers of the Club and Members of the General Committee.

Nominations for Officers of the Club and Members of General Committee are welcomed. They must be proposed and seconded in writing by two members of the Club entitled to vote and must be received by Simon Law, the Honorary General Secretary, by 8.00pm on Friday 21st January 2022.

Nominations may be :

  • emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • posted to Hon. General Secretary, FPSC, Pond Lane, Churt, Surrey, GU10 2QA
  • or left in the Secretary's post draw outside the Club Office.
Simon Law
Honorary General Secretary

Summer 2021 Prize Giving

The Summer Prize Giving will be at 12:30 this Sunday 9th January.

There will be no handicap race on Sunday. If you are racing Solo, K Class, GP14 please hang around after racing and have lunch. If you are racing 2.4mR, Laser or Enterprise come for lunch and then go for racing.

Lunch will be available from 12. If are racing in the morning and want to order before you go racing that will be helpful.

If it's not too cold or wet then we will do the presentation on the Commodore's lawn or under the awning. Please come along and celebrate last summer's prize winners.

Many thanks to Pat Cushing for all her help organising prizes.


RS200 Class Racing

RS200s have been recognised as a group within the K Class since 2005 and there are now almost thirty boats racing on a regular basis in the Club's handicap/pursuit races. The class is also seen as a key pathway to keep teenagers engaged in sailing at the Pond as they progress from Cadets. The Club has therefore decided the RS200 should become a "Favoured Class" in its own right so that one-design class racing can be organised.

Sean Nee is taking on the role of Class Captain and can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Class racing for RS200s will be on Saturdays between the end of Youth Coaching in the morning and the start of the afternoon pursuit race. In the winter this will allow one race; in the summer two races back-to-back. The Class will be providing its own race teams with the start line set from a Committee Boat and race teams being awarded average points.

The RS200 Winter Series starts on Saturday 8th January race start time 13.00.

The first start (Cadets/Teras) for the Saturday Pursuit Race will remain 13.45.

RS200s will continue to race with the K Class on Sundays during 2022, with results being split out if enough boats enter.

Forthcoming Events

Race Programme