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Downs Sailing Club

Guide for New Members & Guests to Downs SC

Downs is especially pleased to welcome new members.

Annual membership fees for 2017 range from £25 for a Cadet (under 18) to £110 for a Family.

Our Membership Secretary – Ysanne Spicer (01304 368364) - will be pleased to give you details of club membership and an introduction to our activities - Social and Sailing that are detailed in this booklet.

A good way of getting to know people and learning about club routine is to join one of the "Duty Teams" in the Galley, Race Box, or Safety Boat. Please contact the Sailing Secretary Simon Green or any of the committee members. (See the photos of current Executive Committee adjacent to the bar).

If you are interested in getting afloat or trying / starting sailing, always arrive with a full change of clothing, waterproof anorak and a pair of old soft soled shoes (and a towel if you want a hot shower afterwards). Dave Webb, Co-ordinating Club Training, will be happy to tell you about our training programme. 

Personal buoyancy should always be worn when you go afloat.

There are Club buoyancy aids that can be borrowed in your early days.

There are several Club owned boats (see page 13/14) that can be hired at a nominal fee per session. Full details of how to book, rig, stow away and pay for your use of the Club Boats are to be found in the Club Entrance Hall.

Sailing outside of the normal club programme time.

When members choose to sail at times other than the normal Club programmed time, they will need to be totally responsible for their own safety and their use of the club premises. If you choose to sail outside the normal club programme:

Have regard for the Bridge Club activity most afternoons.

Lock the premises before leaving the beach.

Remember to switch off the electricity in the storeroom after using the winch.

Reactivate the alarm before leaving the Club premises.

Reminder about the tides at Downs SC - there is a tidal flow towards Ramsgate (i.e. North) which starts 2 hours before high water, followed by a flow towards Dover starting 4 hours after high water.  


All Cadet Members aged 16 and under must be accompanied and supervised by a Family Member over the age of 18, a responsible Full Member or a Social Member

April 2017