What is Club Class..?

Club Class is our way of introducing people to our key sailing activity of yacht racing via a series of five practical participation sessions.  Whether you are completely new to sailing and looking to pick up the basics, or an experienced sailor who would like to build on previous experience and add racing to your repertoire, Club Class has something to offer. You will meet and sail with owners and crews who are actively looking for new crew members.

The next series starts on 10th March 2018…

… so join the Club and sign up NOW..!

We run Club Class in Spring and Autumn of each year – The Spring 2018 Club Class commences on Saturday, 10th March at 08:30hrs and continues for five Saturday mornings (weather permitting and not including the Easter Weekend). All you pay is the cost of a year’s membership (which includes the Club Class experience) is currently £175* (Concessions: £99). Club Class is only available to over-18s.

Club Class is not a training course, you will learn practical skills at your own pace by participating alongside racing crew spending as much time as possible on the water; sessions afloat will be supported by shore-based briefings focussing on crew co-ordination, basic sailing manoeuvres, mark-rounding techniques, starting techniques, the handicap system, basic racing rules, essential rope work, sources of and interpretation of meteorological and tidal information, tactics and course planning. We’ll also point you in the right direction if you want to gain formal sailing qualifications.

By the end of Club Class, participants will have experienced the basics of tacking/gybing, sail trim, spinnakers, safety aboard, setting-up and packing away.

Members completing Club Class are encouraged to make the most of their membership by becoming a crew member aboard one of the yachts racing regularly out of Brighton Marina.

 

Am I fit enough..?

Sailing is a fun and sociable sport that can be enjoyed by anyone whatever level of fitness and mobility. Having said that, yacht racing and in particular the yachts we will be using do require a reasonable level of fitness and mobility. If you would like advice on fitness level required for Club Class, please get in touch.

 

What do I need to bring..?

All safety equipment will be provided.  For the sessions afloat it is essential that you come prepared to be outside for a couple of hours under conditions whereby you may get wet:

Soft-soled shoes or boots that will give you adequate grip whilst not marking the decks are essential;
Lots of thin layers are better than a few thick layers to help regulate body warmth/comfort;
Waterproofs are essential – Golfing or Walking types will be sufficient as we won’t be venturing afloat in adverse conditions;
A pair of leather palmed gloves will help protect your hands.

It may be worth bringing a change of clothing (left in your car or the club house); changing facilities available.

Apart from that all you need bring is bags of enthusiasm, a will to experience something new and a smile…

 

The social side

The Club restaurant offers a good meals and snacks menu whilst our bar offers a fine selection of beers, spirits, wines and soft drinks to consume while you relax, enjoy the opportunity to meet some of our regular members and to share experiences with fellow Club Classers.

Of course, as a member you are welcome to use the bar, restaurant and sunny balcony at any time.  Check out opening times HERE.

 

Application

To join in with Club Class: Please read our Terms and Conditions before completing the Application Form.

You will be enrolled as a member of BMYC and a place will be reserved for you (subject to availability). You can find out more about membership HERE.

 

For more information about Club Class, or if you have any queries, please contact Janice Dykes by email at clubclass@bmyc.org.uk or by phone on 07437 769033.

You can pay by bank transfer or by debit card on your first morning, or if you prefer we can send you an invoice with a link to an online payment system (Stripe).

 

*Pricing 2017-18 – Subject to change…

For a great film (from our friends at Radical Ape) on Club Class go to
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