The Isle Of Sheppey in north Kent is a unique place and has clubs available for almost all types of sailing & watersports. All clubs listed welcome new members.
Dinghy & Catamaran Sailing
Membership of the Isle Of Sheppey Sailing Club based at Sheerness is open to all.
You do not need to own a boat to join. Dinghy sailing is accessible to most people and costs a lot less to get into than you might think. It's also one of the few sports where all ages and both sexes can compete equally. Please scroll down for further information on fees & joining.
Yachts, Keelboats, & Rowing
Takes place at Queenborough with some additional facilities near the Kingsferry Bridge. Please refer to the following websites for more information:
Queenborough Yacht Club - Yacht Club
Windsurfing, Kitesurfing & SUP
Minster Shingle bank is very popular with windsurfers & kitesurfers. All activities are organised on an ad hoc basis - ie. turn up and go out! Most days there will be several windsurfers out, blasting around at all times of the year. Minster Windsurf Academy teaches windsurfing and has some equipment for hire. Barton's Point Coastal Park also has some boats, boards & kayaks for hire on their small salt water lake.
Membership information for IOS Sailing Club:
IOS Sailing Club welcomes new members of all abilities.
To join - simply fill out the membership application form below.
The Club is registered as a CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club) which reduces the rates bill by 80%.
Please be aware that a requirement of this status is: 50% of members must participate in sports activities on at least 12 separate days a year. This can include sailing, training, duties or any voluntary help in the running of the club.
The membership year runs from 1st Jan to 31st December, with pro rata discounts available if joining late in the year. The fees for the current year are set out in the table below:
If you would like to visit the club to view the facilities and find out more, the best day to visit is on a Sunday between 9.30am and 3pm during the sailing season (April - Nov) when there are usually members present who can assist with any questions you may have.
The site can be viewed externally from the pavement or seafront at any time during the week but there are unlikely to be members present. There is a large free car parking area 3 mins walk to the east of the club, opposite the Ship on Shore pub.
New to Sailing
If you would like to learn how to sail, the club runs RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Level 1 & 2 Training Courses. Usually one Adult course and one Cadet course is held each year. Another popular way into sailing is to crew for an existing member. Alternatively, visit the RYA Start Boating website.
If you're thinking of changing clubs, the club is usually accomodating to sailors who would like to bring their boat along for the day on a Sunday to try out sailing here - although this would be at your own risk - and it's usually best to arrange this in advance by emailing the club.
Membership fees are kept low as the club is entirely run by volunteers and does not have any paid staff - as a result, and as is common at most sailing clubs - members are required to undertake around 2 or 3 duties a year which are allocated according to preference on a rota basis.
Duties include: Race Officer, Assistant Race Officer, Safety Boat Helm (RYA Powerboat Level 2 qualification required) and Safety Boat Crew. New members are usually paired with a more experienced member and allocated to either Assistant Race Officer (recording competitor finishing times inside the race tower) or Safety Boat Crew which require no prior knowledge.
Due to limited space in the sailing club's main compound, only sailing dinghies or catamarans can be stored and members are only allowed to store one boat unless otherwise agreed by the committee. Space for additional boats is available in a large satellite compound 1km to the east of the club at Minster, which is shared with Minster Windsurf Academy.