IOS Sailing Club welcomes new members of all abilities.
Joining is a simple process:
(a) Fill out a Membership Application form, and optionally a Boat Parking Application form if you wish to store a boat(s) in one of our compounds. The forms can be found below.
(b) Your application will then be considered at the next meeting of the club's committee (usually held monthly) for approval. You will be contacted by the Membership Secretary to let you know the outcome and provide you with any further information necessary.
The Club is registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) which reduces the rates bill by at least 80%.
Please be aware that a requirement of this status is: 50% of members must participate in sporting activities (this can include sailing, training, duties or any voluntary help in the running of the club) on at least 12 separate days a year.
The membership year runs from 1st Jan to 31st December, with pro rata discounts available for new members if joining late in the year. The fees for the current year are set out below:
Membership fees are kept low as the club is entirely run by volunteers and does not have any paid staff (apart from cleaner) - 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.
If you'd 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 - Oct) 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. A large free car parking area is 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 are held each year. Another popular way into sailing is to crew for an existing member. Alternatively, visit the RYA Start Boating website.
Trial sailing / Thinking of switching clubs
If you're thinking of changing clubs but are unsure, the club is usually happy to accomodate 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.
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.