Highcliffe Sailing Club
About The Club
Highcliffe Sailing Club is located at the prime coastal location of Mudeford Quay allowing the club to offer sailing 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.
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
Individual squad members also regularly enjoy the sailing from the club , in the bay the tidal stream are small and often the waves good fun.
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.
There are plenty of opportunities for those who wish to sail competitively, with club racing every weekend from March to December.
Out to sea Catamaran, fast and slow mono hull fleets race, with boats ranging from Lasers, Solo's ,RS FEVA , Wayfarer, 420,Fireball , Contenders ,Boss & Laser 5000 monohulls to F18 FX-ONE & Dart Catamarans.
The harbour fleet is made up of slower handicap boats, including Mirrors, Lasers, Solos and Toppers.
Training sessions are organised for beginners , improvers and racers of all levels.
Club Juniors are encouraged to join the growing TOPPER fleet and to take part in regular training sessions and harbour racing.
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.
The 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.
To this aim a few sail lockers were added for use by members in 2007 with more added spring 2008 and boat sharing schemes have been privately initiated; a laser and for 2008 also a Laser 2000.
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. Membership rates are very competitive and the club has its own dinghy park on Mudeford Quay.
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. .
Members have access to the changing rooms, showers and lounge every day throughout the season.
HIGHCLIFFE SAILING CLUB IS AN RYA VOLVO CHAMPION CLUB