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I am in the North East but a long way from York in Berwick upon Tweed. The clubs around the York area are generally on small rivers or lakes and thus not ideal for cruising. You need the bigger lakes or the North Sea coast which can be challenging for dinghy cruising (which is why I have a Wayfarer as no other dinghy will do when the sea breeze brings in the swell). You may need to travel further afield. Kielder Water (I have a small yacht going there next year) is cruising heaven. The dinghy club run organised cruises on the lake all the time and also plan group cruising at other locations such as the Lakes or West coast of Scotland. The lakes themselves are not that far away but I wouldn’t want to be going there from York each weekend. Most of the coastal clubs are restricted by the exposed nature of the north sea coast so cruising is very weather dependant. At least at Berwick we can sail in the estuary and even up the River Tweed when the tide is in and the sea is rough.