Membership Questions

Who can join the Metropolitan Police Sailing Club?
Can my partner and family join?
What are the benefits of membership?
How much does membership cost?
Can I still be a member when I retire?
Do I have to know how to sail before I join?

Club Activities

Can my family do courses and cruises?
Can my friends do courses and cruises?
Who can charter a yacht?
Where do your activities take place?
Is it only sailing you do?
Is it a bit of a cliquey club?
I don’t know anything about sailing and am too shy to ask?

Learning to Sail

Can you teach me to sail?
Will I make a fool of myself?
How long does it take to learn?

Safety and Cost

Is it safe?
Do I have to be able to swim?
Is it expensive?
Do I need waterproofs, lifejacket and safety equipment?
What happens if I damage a Yacht?

Membership Questions

Who can join the Metropolitan Police Sailing Club?

Serving police officers and police staff can join as full members. Constabulary officers and staff can join as associate members. Full details of eligibility are shown on the membership page

Can my partner and family join?

Immediate family and partners are covered by your membership to to enable them to undertake courses and cruises. Partners, family and bona Gide long term friends are able to join as associate members, and this enablesthem to charter our yachts as well. If there is spare capacity, friends can also accompany you on courses and cruises but we sometimes make a small surcharge for this.

What are the benefits of membership?

As members, you have access to a wide range of RYA training courses, both sailing and power. We also have three offshore yachts available for charter by members.  Additionally you will be entitled to substantial discounts when purchasing Musto clothing.

How much does membership cost?

Current membership is just £4.50 per month for full membership, or £6.50 for associate membership.

Can I still be a member when I retire?

If you are a full member at the time of your retirement, you can retain full membership provided you make provision for the continued payment of your subs

Do I have to know how to sail before I join?

The majority of our current members had little or no sailing experience when they joined the club. We can teach at all levels from novices to ocean sailors.

Club Activities

Can my family do courses and cruises?

Your partner and family are covered by your membership for courses and cruises

Can my friends do courses and cruises?

Whilst we take family as of right, friends may undertake courses and cruises subject to there being space and in most cases we levy a small surcharge.

Who can charter a yacht?

The offshore yachts are available for charter to full and associate members who have a Day Skipper Practical qualification.

Where do your activities take place?

Our yachts are based at the heart of the sailing community at Hamble near Southampton which provides ready access to the Solent waters. We hold our shorebesed classes and some social events at NSY. We have corporate membership of Datchet Sailing Club and Netley Sailing Club where we keep our dinghies.

Is it only sailing you do?

We also run powerboat courses using our own 6.5 metre rigid inflatable boat and this is also available to charter at very competitive rates.

Is it a bit of a cliquey club?

Definately not.

I dont know anything about sailing and am too shy to ask?

Well you’ve taken the first step by reading our site. Give our clubline a call on 020 8643 4292 and we’ll answer all your questions. We don’t bite.

Learning to Sail

Can you teach me to sail?

We can teach you and your family to sail at any level from the complete novice to the ocean sailor.

Will I make a fool of myself?

Probably at some stage. I do and I’ve been sailing for a few years now but that’s part of the fun

How long does it take to learn?

That’s a bit like the “How long is a piece of string”.A 5 day course can teach you all you need to crew a yacht efficiently and safely but there’s a lot more and part of the fun is in the learning.

Safety and Cost

Is it safe?

Like anything it has it’s risks but more people drown in cars than they do in boats.  All our boats comply with strict commercial standards and our skippers and instructors have current commercial qualifications.

Do I have to be able to swim?

Not at all. The idea is that you shouldn’t have to. If you can’t swim you’ll have to wear a lifejacket but many who can swim wear one.

Is it expensive?

Some bits can be but you can have a lot of fun on one of our course or cruises relatively cheaply.

Do I need waterproofs lifejacket and safety equipment?

All of these are provided.

What happens if I damage a Yacht?

All our yachts are insured and if it’s during a course then the club arrange repairs. If you damage a yacht on a private charter, you are responsible for the first £750.

  • Diary of Events

    DATEEVENT
    18-19 NovemberWinter working parties
    25-26 NovemberWinter working parties
    2-3 DecemberWinter working parties
    4th DecemberExec Committee Meeting
    9-10 DecemberWinter working parties
    11th December - end FebBlue Spirit available for bargain winter charter