Whenever anyone asks about joining, our very first suggestion is to come and meet us.
Please do pop down to the beach to visit us, see how we operate, ask any questions you may have, look around our facilities and perhaps join us on the water. Hopefully many of your questions are already answered in our FAQs.
The best times are Sunday racing ( 9:30am - 1pm ) or Wednesday evenings ( 6pm - 10pm )
Hopefully you will decide to join, and the next step is to complete the membership form. If you have any questions at all about completing the form, please contact the Membership Secretary and they will happily advise you. And do send through your completed form to the Membership Secretary before paying any fees, so that they can check that all requested services – such as boat storage or a locker – are available, plus confirm the costs.
We offer three types of membership on the form: BSC, Supporter & Social. Please note that the main applicant on any membership must be at least 18 years of age. All three types can be extended to include immediate family members, including those under 18 years of age, within your membership.
BSC – for regular sailors & boat owners
For those looking to join in order to sail and race regularly, we offer full membership of Brighton Sailing Club (BSC). As a full member, all of the club's facilities are available to you, including boat and equipment storage, the changing rooms and lockers. Access to the changing rooms and storage areas are available at all times. In addition, the club mailing list will keep you informed of the lively program of sailing and social events run throughout the year.
BSC members are asked to perform a number of duties each year. Normally this will consist of two sailing duties to enable racing on a Sunday morning, plus two bar duties on our regular Wednesday social evening. There are many, many more tasks involved in keeping a club such as ours running, so you can expect to be regularly asked to participate. We will of course tailor duties for anyone under 18, and anyone not comfortable taking on some of the roles.
Boat storage on the beach is only available to full members of BSC. Boat-owning members must keep their membership up to date, plus pay all appropriate membership and boat storage fees, while they have a boat stored with us.
Supporter – for occasional sailors
If you only wish to sail occasionally, then Supporter membership may be more appropriate for you. Our rule of thumb is that, if you believe that you will attend club events – excluding purely social events – fewer than a dozen times per year, then you should be a Supporter. A ‘club event’ in this context is taking part in any sailing, or in any tasks that enable us to keep sailing, such as race-day duties and helping out on maintenance days. Supporters have access to all of the facilities available to full members, but cannot store sailboats on the beach. (For really very dull reasons relating to tax rules, Supporters are officially members of the BSC Supporters' Club and not BSC itself.)
Associate – for non-sailing friends of BSC
Some former members of the club wish to remain associated with the club and to avail of some of the club facilities alongside sailing members. ‘Associate’ membership is available in this case and allows entrance to the bar when open and social events, but not to sailing nor any of the storage facilities. (Associate members are also officially members of the Supporters’ Club.)
We want to encourage the families of members to be a part of the club and to take advantage of our facilities, particularly to encourage children and young people to get involved in sailing. To support this, we offer a ‘family membership’ add-on to all types of membership which allows immediate family members to enjoy the facilities. We define family members as partner, child living at same address or child in full-time education. If you apply for family membership, the default is that any regular sailors within the family group join BSC, while the rest of the family become members of the Supporters’ Club.
As a member of BSC or the Supporters’ Club, you can visit our clubhouse bar for the regular social evening on Wednesdays, and whenever it is opened by one of our committee members or ‘keyholders’. We also organise a number of social events during the year. Each year, for example, some of our rugby-loving committee members like to set up the projector and screen to watch the Six Nations. And on some sunny afternoons, you may be walking along the promenade and see that the club has been opened up for members simply to enjoy the day from our private, modestly-priced, bar.
Members are also entitled to book the premises for private parties, subject to conditions and depending on availability.
The club and members mainly keep in touch via an email group. On joining, we’ll add you (and, for family memberships, any other regular sailors in your family group) to the email group. We also have an active WhatsApp group intended for organising sailing, but the conversation frequently drifts into advising new members on all and sundry, organising social sails and boat repair/ tinkering sessions, meet-ups at the clubhouse bar, etc..
The membership year runs from January to December, and becomes renewable on January 1st. The current fees are detailed on the membership form. If you are first applying to join us late in our sailing season (July onwards), please do ask the Membership Secretary about the possibility of applying a discount.
The club depends on the fees paid by members to keep running. We do need everybody to contribute, but we don’t want to lock people out from the opportunity to sail on the basis of cost. For that reason we offer concessionary rates to the unwaged, those on low income, retired senior citizens and students in full-time education. If you wish to discuss anything relating to the concessionary rates, please contact the Membership Secretary.
We do need to ask that, for applications which include mixed memberships of BSC and the Supporters’ Club (including the fee for family membership which must be paid to the Supporters’ Club), you make separate payments into the two respective accounts. It’s a touch inconvenient, but unfortunately this is necessary to comply with tax rules.