The Club has excellent facilities both on the water and ashore. These facilities as well as being available to members are available for functions, regattas, events and private hire.
We are small and friendly and not at all posh, but we can do pretty much all that you might expect from a yacht club here in Cowes, and more than some of the others!
We do encourage members to take ownership of the Club by way of contributing time and effort in whatever way they can. There are various committees, race management usually needs volunteers as does the kitchen crew, we sometimes seek help for ‘office’ tasks like stuffing envelopes or minding the phone, and if you are any good with a paint brush we need your number – please! Nothing is compulsory, just great fun to join in if you have the time and inclination. Just ask and you will be pointed in the right direction. Please visit our Volunteers page
On the sailing front our members cruise and race a variety of boats both here in Cowes and also further afield with some success. We have a small marina (with a waiting list for berths), dry storage for boats up to about Sonar size, 2 cranes for launch and recovery, and hoists for those sailors who are less able. The showers and toilets are open daily for use by berth holders and visiting sailors.
We run our own racing programme and take part in series racing locally, and we can host Club, Class and corporate sailing events from either a shore or committee boat line, with mark laying and safety support.
Cowes Sailability is associated with the Club and runs many of its boating trips from here as well as enjoying access to our facilities generally. We also host regattas for less able sailors racing in 2.4 metre yachts and Sonars for example, often to international standard.
Ashore, we have our Clubhouse and bar which is the hub of the Club and which is open during weekday evenings and longer during weekends - cosy in winter, light and airy in summer, plus we are able to spread outside as well. The bar stocks most of the things that you would expect to find including some very good reasonably priced wines, and some real ales which are very popular.
Club suppers are a popular ‘after racing’ gathering following Tuesday night ‘round the cans’ racing, and these often continue through autumn on different nights accompanied by a wide variety of talks and demonstrations. In addition we run courses on matters nautical like race management, radio and first aid – mainly through the winter as everyone is too busy afloat in summer.
Our social programme is comfortably busy with the usual Fitting Out and Laying Up Suppers, Christmas Dinner, Burns Night Supper etc.. During Cowes Week we host a very popular Cocktail Party on the first Sunday which gets the week's festivities off to a great start, there is usually a musical evening mid-week and the ever popular fireworks party on the Friday to finish things off nicely. In addition breakfasts, the BBQ and the bar keep everyone well fed and watered for the week.
We have refurbished ‘The Cavern’ and this along with our marquee provides a very versatile space for many kinds of activities. We hold the larger dinners there, use it for meetings, including the AGM, for courses, and we can use it as an additional lounge and bar either as well as the main clubhouse, or separately for functions such as Class dinners, prize givings, or wedding receptions. The space is flexible and the uses are numerous, with or without the bar.