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About the Club

The Club is based on Thorney Island in West Sussex on land leased from the Secretary of State for Defence. Access to the club is across an army base using approved routes.

The Club has a civilian membership (numbers limited by the lease from the Secretary of State for Defence) and a Regular Armed Forces membership with no upper limit other than that which space imposes.

In practice, this means that there may be a short waiting list for civilian members.

A strong ethos of service to the Club exists, with all its members actively encouraged to help out whenever and however they can. There is a minimum working day per year obligation, which helps to keep Club fees low.

The Club has enthusiastic Dinghy and Cruiser sections and accommodates many dinghies and yachts as well as some trailer-sailers (limited).

Moorings are available but there is usually a waiting list.

A slip that runs to the low water channel gives access at all states of the tide for tenders and dinghies. Dinghy racing is popular and takes place throughout the year on Sundays, with Tuesday and Thursday evening racing from April to August.

Encouraging children to sail is a long established sailing tradition and the Club's Junior sailing week, which takes place in the summer school holidays, is always very popular.

There are also sailing development sessions organised for all ages to encourage those who may be 'rusty' as well as spouses who have never learnt to sail, out onto the water.

The Club has 3 Visions, 4 Fevas, 10 Picos, 6 Fusions and 2 2000s as part of its training fleet and these are available for hire to suitably qualified members.

Each year, cruiser rallies take place to other Clubs in the Solent and some to further ports.

Dinghy cruises are also organised when weather permits one of these now famously known as Escapade Day when dinghies sail in company in a relaxed style to other parts of Chichester Harbour.

Ashore, the Club with its bar and its lawns provides an excellent setting for the Club's social events which members are actively encouraged to organise.

If you are interested in the history of the Club, please click on the relevant section in the drop-down menu.

The Club became a registered charity in 2010 with the following Objects:-

(1) To "promote the efficiency of the armed forces of the Crown" by providing facilities for the sport of sailing.

(2) To provide community participation in healthy recreation by providing facilities for the sport of sailing.

(3) To advance the education and training, in particular for young people, by providing facilities for the sport of sailing.

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