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About The Club
Highcliffe Sailing Club is located at the prime coastal location of Mudeford Quay, with direct access to Christchurch Harbour, Christchurch Bay is a short distance away with access via the run or from Gundimor beach.
The club has a friendly and informal atmosphere.
It is predominantly a family club with members of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds.
We are almost entirely volunteer run and organised so we are always looking for a set of helping hands, both on and off the water.
This makes us perfectly positioned for a vast variety of water sports. The club primarily concentrates on organising a full, fun and competitive sailing agenda. But many members use it as a base for Kayaking and other activities. It can really help to have a shower and warm up after some time on the water. The volunteer run galley and bar are open after Sunday racing and the bar is open Friday evenings for most of the year.
The club runs races in the sheltered waters of Christchurch harbour and open water sailing in Christchurch Bay, this makes it an ideal club for sailors of all abilities and aspirations.
There are plenty of opportunities for those who wish to sail competitively, with club racing every weekend from March to December and a full set of evening race series when light allows. We also partner with other local clubs joining in with a number of open races. You can also volunteer for duties on the ribs, as expected you will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of competence but we are able to run training courses and partnering with experienced members. Developing these skills can be very rewarding in its own right.
The club also offers training for juniors and junior improver's on a Saturday and through the Inspire2sail scheme tuition for adults at sea on a Tuesday evenings. Training sessions are organised for beginners, improver's and racers of all levels. In addition to this a number of members meet up for a tour of the stunningly beautiful harbour on weekdays both for the practice and the sheer enjoyment.
All members are expected to help with the running of the club, It's a good way to meet people and it's fun to be involved.
We have a full social calendar so there are plenty of opportunities to make new friends and share experiences.
Social activity is based around the club house, "Sea Vixen". Built in 1970, it makes the most of its location with views over the harbour to Christchurch and, from the upper deck and terrace, over the bay to the Isle of Wight. The bar, lounge and galley are open after all races and Sunday lunchtime.
Our fundamental philosophy is to allow & enable members to sail as much as they wish so the facilities are Open and available as much as they can be, with the club house Open early am to late eve throughout the season.
We also have a number of Laser Pico’s and an RS Vision that can be hired by suitably competent members.
The Club has an open invite to all Skandia TEAM GBR sailors and squads to train from the club and a number of the squads have held training camps at the club
The club also welcomes a number of National squad groups also run their training camps based at the club using in this has in recent years included laser , Optimist and Cadet world championship teams. In 2008 Laser Radial GB Olympian Penny Clarke chose HSC for 3 ,5 day training camps prior to Beijing.
Members have access to the changing rooms, showers and lounge every day throughout the season.
HIGHCLIFFE SAILING CLUB IS AN RYA VOLVO CHAMPION CLUB