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Location​​​​​​: WSC, Abbey Hill, Netley Abbey, Southampton, SO31 5FB

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FAQ's

Frequently asked questions...     and answers

Q. Is there a joining fee?

A. No. There is no joining fee this year. Indeed, there has been no joining fee at Weston Sailing Club for a number of years. We try to encourage people to enjoy sailing, not price them out of the sport!

Q. Is there a waiting list?

A. Sometimes. Please e-mail the membership secretary if you require info for either membership or pound space. Our facilities are more than adequate for our current membership and the dinghy pound has space for up to 350 boats.

Q. Can I sail at Weston without becoming a member?

A. Yes. If you don't want to commit yourself to full membership of Weston, there are two possibilities: You can sail on a daily basis for £10 per person per day although you won't be able to leave your boat at the club. You can apply for temporary membership on a month by month basis. This is more expensive per month than full membership, but if you wish to sail for less than six months, it's worth considering.

Q. Can I be a member of Weston without owning a boat?

Q. Can I be a member of Weston without owning a boat?

A. Yes. You don't have to be a boat owner to enjoy sailing at WSC. We have a number of members who are always on the lookout for willing crews. This year, we are compiling a register of members willing to take new members sailing so we should be able to find you a sail.

A. Yes. You don't have to be a boat owner to enjoy sailing at WSC. We have a number of members who are always on the lookout for willing crews. This year, we are compiling a register of members willing to take new members sailing so we should be able to find you a sail.

Q. I want to delay joining WSC until later in the year. Will I still have to pay the full annual fees?

A. Not necessarily. Because our sailing calendar runs from the beginning of February right through to the end of December, a great deal of sailing is available to members who join later in the year. Nevertheless, we do recognise that people wish to get value for money so we start to discount membership from August. Members joining in August pay 5/6 of annual membership and pound fees, those joining in September pay 4/6, October 3/6 and so on.

Q. Can I sail any boat at Weston?

A. Pretty much. There is no restriction on types of boats at WSC other than your ability to launch and recover them safely. All types of boat are currently sailed at the club from established classes such as Mirrors and Enterprises to the latest asymmetric boats such as Laser 4000 & 5000, RS 700 & 800 and 49er.

Q. Can I bring my friends to the club?

A. Yes. You are welcome to brings friends to sail at the club or just enjoy the facilities. However, if they are regular visitors, we would encourage them to become full members.

Q. When can I launch?

Q. Can I use the facilities when there is no racing?

A. Because of the unique double tide in Southampton Water (more details), launching and recovery is always possible two hours before the first high water and up to four hours after. When there are spring tides, the water can recede 100m offshore but, during neaps, the tide sometimes never leaves the end of the longer of the three slipways. However, if you are really keen, with two or three people to help, you can launch and recover across the mud at any time.

A. Yes. Access to the dinghy pound, changing rooms and hose cupboard is always available provided you have a key. These are available from the membership secretary on payment of a £10 non-returnable deposit. Hot water is always available for showers. However, when there is no club racing, the clubhouse area is locked and alarmed. Therefore you will not have access to the galley or bar.

Q. How is club racing organised?

A. Club racing is organised on a handicap basis and all results are computerised. There are starts for catamarans, fast and slow monohulls, with a class start for Optimists. Currently, monohulls with a PY of 1053 or less start in the fast fleet with the remainder in the slow. However, if you can organise enough boats of one class to race on a regular basis, the sailing committee will consider giving you your own start.

Q. Do I have to enter club racing?

Q. What safety cover is available?

Q. When is the galley open?

Q. Do I have to do club duties?

A. No. It is a commonly held belief that Weston is only interested in members who race. This is not true. We welcome anyone who enjoys sailing no matter whether their preference is for racing or cruising. We do believe that the best way to improve your sailing abilities is to sail in a fleet with other boats and club racing gives you the ideal opportunity to do this.

A. During club races, there is always at least one safety boat on the water. This is in radio contact with the Race Officer on the shore. The Race Officer is constantly on the lookout for boats in difficulty and will direct the safety boat(s) accordingly. This safety cover is available to all sailors in the vicinity of the club, whether racing or cruising.

A. The galley is open to coincide with club racing so would normally be open when sailing is possible. It is not available if you sail at other times.

A. Yes. The smooth running of most sailing clubs depends on members carrying out duties during the year. All members, other than Associate and Honorary members, are expected to participate. Duties are allocated on a rota basis and should not exceed four times a year.