Membership FAQs

If you are thinking of joining Hayling Ferry Sailing Club, please see below for answers to Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any other questions about joining, please get in touch by email or phone.

General questions

How do I join?

Simply print out and fill in the form on the new member page (https://www.hfsc.org.uk/membership) and send it by email or post to the email or postal address given on the form. Somebody from the club will be in touch to process your application. We usually arrange a visit to the club so you can be sure it's right for you. If you want to discuss your application or any aspect of becoming a member, contact us via email at enquiries@hfsc.org.uk or by phone on 07862 455875.

Is there a waiting list to join?

There is currently no waiting list to join and we also have a few spaces in the boat park. We are actively recruiting new members and have a few applications in process so don't delay if you'd like to join!

How much does it cost to join?

Membership fees are listed on the membership application form. In 2021 they are £90 single, £112 for a family, and £55 for regular crew or guest of a named member. There is a one-time joining fee of £30. A discount of 30% applies if membership starts between 1st July and 1st September, after which the full fee covers the following year's membership.

Do I need my own boat?

No. The Club Boat Scheme offers a way for members to join without needing their own boat. At the time of joining, a new member may sign-up to the Club Boat Scheme and opt to either pay per session or pay an annual all-inclusive fee of £150 to use the club SL 16 catamarans.

Do I need to be a dinghy or catamaran sailor to join?

Sailing is the primary purpose of the club so ideally yes. However, the club welcomes applications from anyone with an interest in non-powered water-sports including kayakers, rowers, paddle-boarders and windsurfers. All applications are considered by the committee to ensure that the aims and ideals of the club are preserved.

What facilities does the club offer?

The club benefits from all-tide access to Langstone Harbour, Hayling Bay and the Solent from our slipway and the beach. Facilities include the club house with kitchen, changing rooms, showers and toilets; secure dinghy park; safety boat with race marks and equipment; launching tractor; 2 x SL 16 club catamarans; and 2 x stand-up paddle boards. More information can be found on the Club Facilities Page.

Does the club offer dinghy or catamaran training?

At present, the club does not offer formal training. RYA affiliated training is available at a number of training centres in the local area.

Whilst we don't offer formal training, we occasionally hold supported sailing sessions with the club safety boat on hand, and skills sessions designed to help with various aspects of sailing and racing.

Dinghy Park

Can I keep my boat at the club?

Yes, we currently have space in our secure dinghy park for all types of monohulls and catamarans. You will need to fill out the dinghy park section of the membership form and pay a dinghy park fee, after which you will be allocated a space. In addition to your boat, you may keep a launching trolly and sail storage box in your allocated space. Road trailers are not permitted.

How much does it cost to keep my boat at the club?

Dinghy park fees vary depending on the size and set-up of your boat. The annual fees for most classes of catamarans are between £100 and £135. The fees for monohulls are typically between £60 and £100. Our boat park fees compare very favourably with other clubs in the area.

There is an additional fee levied by Langstone Harbour Board of £23.10 (updated 2021) per boat.

Please see the membership form for details.

Club duties

What are club duties?

After their first year, all members are required to do 2 club duties per year as a condition of membership. Most duties are associated with running sailing races and events and include on-water and off-water duties such as manning the safety boat or being the OOD (Officer Of the Day). Most club duties are allocated at the start of the season, with additional duties allocated as and when needed. See page 5 of the membership form for more details.

Which members are required to do club duties?

No more than 2 club duties will be allocated per year for all categories of membership. E.g. a family of 2 adults and 2 children under 18 will, all together, be allocated no more than 2 duties.

Does the club have any employees?

The club does not have any employees. All support, administration, and maintenance work is carried out by members volunteering their time and expertise.