Please now review the information below and then complete the application form which starts at the bottom of the page.
Once you have completed and submitted your form on-line, it will be considered by the Club’s General Committee. Prior to taking a decision on your application, the Committee may invite you to attend a Club night at the Old Freemen’s Association clubhouse where you will be able to talk to the Committee and other Club members.
Q. How much is it to join?
A. The Annual subscription is £30 per person. Where more than one Member lives at the same address they can each pay a £25 Joint subscription rate.
A. Yes, there are Full members and Associate members.
To join as a Full member you should have either taken a course in navigation, usually the RYA Day Skipper Theory course, or have proven and extensive coastal and/or offshore sailing experience acquired over many years.
Associate members can take part in all Club activities but they do not have voting rights nor are eligible for officer roles. The Club hopes that they will choose to pursue a navigation course at some point or else gain sufficient sailing experience to allow them to upgrade to Full Membership, but this is not mandatory.
If in any doubt about which level of membership is appropriate then please contact the Membership Secretary for advice before applying.
Q. Do you do a family membership?
A. No, all members have to be over 18 and join as individuals. However there is a reduced subscription rate for those living at the same address.
Q. Do I need to own a boat?
A. No, we have a mix of boat owners and non boat owners.
Q. When will my membership run from and to?
A. We run a rolling membership so your renewal will be one year from the date of your application approval.
Q. What happens if I live too far away or have another reason why I am not able to attend a Club night.
A. If you are unable to attend a Club night for a reason acceptable to the Committee you may be asked to talk to a Committee member by phone.
Q. When will my membership be confirmed?
A. Your membership starts once payment has been received, however all applications need to receive General Committee approval and this is done at the next Committee meeting. Therefore final confirmation will take a few weeks.
Before you start your application, make sure you read our Handbook and Club By-Laws . During the application process you will be asked to confirm you have read them.
You will need details of any RYA qualifications and other sailing experience as these are part of the application.
If you are a boat owner you will be asked details about your boat. If more than one member owns a boat we ask that only one person fills in the details.
You can pay the membership fee via the secure payment systems on this web site using a debit card, credit card or a Paypal account.If you have any queries please contact the Membership Secretary