Membership and Joining
Christchurch Sailing Club welcomes membership applications from anyone with an interest in sailing who is able and willing to take an active part in Club sailing activities. It is not necessary to own a boat since you can crew for other members, but it must be emphasized that a record of active sailing during your first year of club membership will be necessary to confirm continued membership.
Membership Subscription Rates
Subscriptions, which are due on 1st May in any year, should be accompanied by the Membership Invoice/Registration form (information corrected if necessary) and the Boat Registration form which will be sent out after the AGM.
|Family 2 Members||£238.00|
|Family 3 Members||£277.00|
|Single Veterans||£106.00||Over the age of 65 years with not less than 10 years’ membership.|
|Family 2 Veterans||£159.00|
|Youth Member||£39.00||Aged between 18 and 23|
|Absentee Members||£40.00||Resident out of Great Britain between March and October in any year.|
|Junior Members||£40.00||Between 12 and 17 years of age.|
|24-29 Year Old||£79.50|
|Entrance Fee (Single)||£80.00||Payable on election to Associate Membership.|
|Entrance Fee (Family)||£150.00||Payable on election to Associate Membership.|
|Entrance Fee (24-29)||£40.00||Payable on election to Associate Membership.|
Who can join?
CSC welcomes membership applications from all those who have an active interest in sailing. You do not need to have any previous experience although it would probably be a good idea to have tried sailing to make sure you like it!
Must I own a boat?
No. If you plan to crew for other members or acquire a boat later that is fine.
How much does it cost?
What sorts of boats are sailed?
Various keel boats (yachts) mostly between 21 feet and 32 feet, are raced and used for cruising. Hawk day boats are raced and there are currently four racing classes of dinghies: fast handicap (Finns, Lasers, Solos, Wanderers etc.); slow handicap (mostly Mirrors); Scows (a local dinghy) and Toppers (mainly juniors and ladies).
What organized sailing is there?
During the season (Easter to Christmas) the dinghies race on most Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays with additional, mid-week, evening races in the summer. Keelboats and Hawks race most Sundays and some Bank Holidays from Easter to October with some evening races in the summer. Race times vary, depending upon the time of high tide.
During school holidays, Junior racing is staged Monday to Friday on selected weeks.
There are also organized rallies for the cruisers (coastal and cross-Channel) and open race meetings for some classes.
Can I keep my boat at the Club?
The Club has many moorings but, for cruisers, there is a waiting list (generally, longer for larger boats). Dinghy space is also fully used, with priority being given to active sailors.
How much does boat storage cost?
Costs depend upon size but typical mooring costs for cruisers are around £800 per season with additional charges for storage ashore during the winter. Dinghies vary from around £33 (Optimist) to £109 (Wanderer) for the summer and a similar amount again for the winter. Generally, only those racing can be accommodated in the winter.
What facilities are provided?
The Club has a good-sized clubroom with a balcony giving lovely views across the rivers. The bar is open most lunchtimes and evenings and also most summer afternoons when there is racing. Hot and cold food is available during most of these times. There is limited car parking. Showers and changing facilities are provided.
Are there social events?
The Club stages various social events including dinners, dances, food and wine evenings, BBQs and quizzes. There are a range of interest groups who meet regularly at the Club, some all year, others during the winter months. These groups include keep fit and yoga, Photography, Art and Bridge. There is also a winter talks’ programme on alternate Wednesday evenings. The Club has ‘big screen’ facilities and puts on sessions around sporting and special events.
How do I apply?
Application forms are available from the office, the bar or online (see below. The application form must be printed out and submitted to the office). If you already know Club members, they can propose your application; otherwise, speak to the secretary or any of the Club Officers. You will be invited to a prospective members’ meeting prior to your application being approved. The application process normally takes about a month.
Any other questions?
Click Here to download the application form. Please note: The application form can be filled in on your computer (or by hand) but must be printed out and submitted to the Club office.