Located in ‘Paradise Bay’
Find a different way of sailing
Perfect for learning & practice


Undoubtedly the best feeling for true sailing




The CBYA regularly sails dinghies from the beautiful ‘Paradise Bay’ (El Portet – Moraira) which are available to our members.

Our dinghy section offers great opportunities to our members to learn how to sail and fine tune their skills. This is basic sailing, no instruments, no fancy equipment: just sailing at its core. A great opportunity to connect with the water, the wind and some fun boats!


  • 420 (Olympic boat)
  • (2) Lasers
  • Bring your own dinghy!


Simple and fun. Small, comfortable sitting cockpit. Suitable for single-handed, or with crew. Easy to Sail. Great for learning & teaching. Great day sailors. Quick to rig and de-rig.


  • 420
  • Designer: Christian Maury
  • Year: 1959
  • Crew: 2
  • Draft: 0.965 metres
  • Construction: GRP
  • Hull weight: 80 kilograms
  • LOA: 4.20 metres
  • Beam: 1.63 metres
  • Keel/board type: Centreboard
  • Mast length: 6.26 metres
  • Mainsail area: 7.45 square metres
  • Jib area: 2.8 square metres

  • Laser
  • Designer: Bruce Kirby & Ian Bruce
  • Year:1969
  • Crew:1
  • Draft:0.787m
  • Hull weight:58.97kg
  • LOA:4.2m
  • LWL:3.81m
  • Beam:1.39m
  • Mainsail Area: 7.06m2

Latest Dinghies News

First Dinghy Day of 2021

The pictures prove that everyone was determined to make 2021 better than 2020. We abided by all the rules and guidelines regarding all the recent COVID local regulations. What we achieved was fantastic….exercise, fun, mental rehabilitation,…and the pleasure of just being together!

Final Dinghy Day of 2020 – Another Amazing Day

Final Dinghy Day of 2020 A culmination of just about everything we have had on Dinghy Days since we started after the summer. Eleven sailors and ten “socialisors“…a great turn out. All suitably socially-distanced! The conditions were very difficult, big swells, some breaking waves, the wind going round in circles, no wind, and then massive gusts!  We had boats planing, capsizing, running up onto the beach, and above all, some impressive sailing and skill from everyone who took part.

Christmas Dinghy Day

For 22nd December, the weather was perfect…blue sky and sunshine. For the sailors, eight of them, the two Lasers and Wally (the 420) were in and out all afternoon. Thanks to John Lilley, the new outboard motor was tried, tested and given the seal of approval by all.

Another Lovely Dinghy Day

Another lovely Dinghy Day at El Portet…first time on a Wednesday. As the wind was offshore, the sea was flatish, but the wind was gusting strongly, which once again created conditions for some demanding sailing. As the afternoon progressed, the sun came out and my bridge was fully occupied with social members of which two walked (one pregnant + 2 small dogs) to the the Pepper Pot Tower (and further) before returning to my bridge. So Dinghy Day has turned into sailing, social and walking!

A Dynamic Dinghy Day

We had a Dynamic Dinghy Day on Tuesday 24th November – with a strongish wind and a lumpy sea, but we decided to give it a go….. Our 420 (Wally) and two Lasers were out. This was only possible because of Peter and Peter running the offshore safety boat, whilst the Bosun ran the inshore boat.

CBYA Dinghy Day Now Weekly!

GOOD NEWS: Dinghy Day will now take place every week alternating weekly between Tuesday and Wednesday! This will give the opportunity for those who can’t make Tuesdays an alternative. There will also be a special Dinghy Day on Tuesday 29th December!!! Bob Gordon Dinghy Section Co-ordinator      

CBYA Dinghy Section Back in Business!

The CBYA Dinghy Section have now completed the return of our boats and storage box to Paradise Beach after the recent mandatory removal for the Ayuntamiento beach cleaning project. We now have two Lasers, Wally (420) and Louise, all back on the beach together with the storage box, so we are more or less back to normal. The benefits of the clean up were the development of improved communications with the Town Hall, and a lot of maintenance being completed on the boats. All due to a lot of hard work by a few:  Dave, John, Garry, Les, Fernando, and […]

My goodness….what a Dinghy Day!

The conditions were demanding, but the participants were fantastic! Thanks to Fernando who kept the 2 boats out on the water with many different crews. He was amazing. Then Garry, Les and the Bosun Dave who helped get the two boats onto the water and back from John’s house.  Then Monique who arrived later, but gave Fernando a break.

Dinghy Day Restarts!

Thanks to all of you who attended our first Dinghy Day of the new season. Welcome to new members and returning ones, as well as all the regular helpers who without them we would never function. We all know who they are, so I will not name them, but thanks to them all. We had a great day, lovely weather with a wind going round in circles, so very demanding for the helms people. We managed to get 4 boats out, the 2 Lasers, Wally (the 420) and the catamaran, Alicat. Peter Bird, in his safety boat, was kept busy […]

Good turn out for last Dinghy Day before the Summer shutdown!

Many thanks to all who came yesterday, sailed, drank, helped, and provided safety cover. We had a great day with all four boats out, which presented some interesting and amusing incidents for the assembled drinking watchers! Starting an hour later worked, the beach and cafes were not so busy, and it was almost 7pm before we eventually left a beautiful evening at Paradise Beach. Someone suggested we should have some social evenings whilst Dinghy Days are suspended, which I will try and organise. Dinghy Days will start again in September. Hope to see some of you down for a social […]