How to Join Portchester Sailing Club (PSC)

Portchester Sailing Club welcomes new members. Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) together with answers.

A membership form can be downloaded here »

Do I need to know, or be nominated by an existing PSC member to join?

No you don’t. Joining is all very easy, just download and fill in the Membership Form above, send it to us with the appropriate membership fee. Once approved we will create your membership card and send you an information pack. We will also let you know about the events at the Club and arrange for someone to meet you and introduce you to other members on your first visit.

I don’t know how to sail and my children would like to learn, can we join as a family?

Yes you can, we have specific family membership packages and the good news is there is no limit to the number of children per family. We have a great social side at the Club Family Friendly Friday night sailing. We have Adult Sailing sessions too, so if you have never sailed a boat but would like to learn, there are opportunities for you. Find out more under Training ».

Do I need to be interviewed, approved by, or talk to the committee to join?

Definitely not, we do not require any formal letters, presentations or interviews to join the Club. PSC is “Open to All”. Just fill in the application form, pay the appropriate membership fees and you will become a full member of the Club. New memberships are approved by the management committee each month, but this is just a formality.

What’s the social side of the Club like, or is it just all about sailing?

We have a great social side to the Club and we have members from many and varied professions and backgrounds. Friday nights are family nights and usually fairly busy in bar and galley. Weekday evenings we have talks in the winter and Adult Sailing in the summer. We have various events throughout the year e.g. PSC Regatta, monthly family days, cruiser rallies, bank holiday races and many more.

We don’t have a boat for us or our children, is that a problem?

Not at all, PSC has its own club boats that you and/or your children can borrow for training, racing or cruising. Find out more through the training and sailing ‘pathways’ ».

What equipment or gear will we, or our children, need to go sailing?

In the summer months all you will need is your own buoyancy aid, spray top and suitable footwear. These items are not expensive and can be found in any local chandlery. Ask any PSC Member for advise and outlets.

How much does it cost to join?

We have different membership packages to suit everyone. We have a family membership, individual or joint adult, young adult & cadet. Ducklings (age 5-8) are associated with a Full membership for free. All our fees shown here » and you can download a membership form here ».

Can I join any time of the year?

Yes, we have no specific “joining period” what-so-ever. You can join the Club at any time throughout the year.

I don’t know anyone that is a current PSC member.

The great news is we are a friendly bunch and welcome new members. The first time you come to the Club we will ensure you are introduced to our Commodore and Flag Officers . They will then introduce you to various other members at the Club. We have many members from varied backgrounds and professions, so there is bound to be someone you will have something in common with.

Do I need any sailing qualifications to join?

Not at all, we don’t have any prerequisites for joining the Club. However If you are interested in doing some training we can arrange discounted Adult Sailing sessions to learn how to sail, we run RYA Powerboat 2 courses to enable you to drive RIB’s and we can provide instruction for cruiser sailing too.

Is the Club only open in the summer?

Definitely not. The Club is open all year round, 7 days a week. We have fantastic programs for the cadets and adults right through the summer and winter, on and off the water. We have a carol concert and Christmas party, bonfire night and new year celebrations and various other events. Our Friday nights and Sunday Lunches are always well attended even in the depth of winter!

I am a serious racer, is PSC for me?

Absolutely! We have a full race programme that runs from April to October for all types of boats – from fast and slow handicaps to cruisers and everything in between. There is class racing for Solos and Toppers. Our racing takes place in the Harbour and starts from the Club race box. It is competitive, challenging and enjoyed by all.

Do you have a try out or any open days so we can see what the Club is like before we join?

If you would like to join us for a drink and talk to someone about the Club you are welcome to do that any time. Just call us on (44) 023 9237 6375 or email membership@portchestersc.org to arrange a convenient time for you to come to the Club and see what it is all about. If you would like to try out sailing and find out what it is like to sail at the PSC, just ask, we arrange taster sessions throughout the season.

I quite like the sound of the Club, but can I talk to someone before I join?

Absolutely, we are more than happy to answer any questions you have either in person at the Club, over the phone on (44) 023 9237 6375 or email membership@portchestersc.org.

What benefits does the Club offer?

There are many benefits and we have listed some of them:
  • Club racing on Wednesday and Friday Evenings and Saturdays with fleet racing for Fast and Slow Handicaps plus Cruiser racing on Tuesday or Thursday evenings and at weekends
  • Open Adult sailing for members over 18 years old with RIB support cover on Thursday evenings
  • Cadet sailing for members 8 to 18 years old, including a Summer Holiday Club week
  • RYA training courses
  • Clubhouse which is open 7 days a week
  • Club bar with reduced members’ prices
  • Galley with food available Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes
  • Dinghy Park
  • Cruiser moorings and club sublift
  • Club boats to borrow for club events
  • Clubhouse and meeting rooms available to hire for private functions

About Us

Portchester Sailing Club is located in the upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour. Founded in 1928, the club now boasts a large clubhouse, 200 moorings, and a boat park for storing dinghies during the summer and smaller cruisers during the winter. The club operates for 12 months of the year with various activities both on and off the water. The Club bar is normally open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, alomg with Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes. A galley operates on Friday evenings (20:00 – 22:00), Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes (12:30 – 14:30) with a varied menu for all the family.
For more information, please download this brochure:
PSC Publication »

Acess for visitors to PSC

PSC has 3 gates which are controlled by a key fob or keying in an access number on the keypad fitted to the support on which the gate is hinged.
Visitors requiring access should phone 02392 376375 during bar opening hours when standing by the land gate in Waterside Lane and ask the bar staff to allow entry. At present this is done manually but is shortly to be changed so it can be done remotely after viewing the request or by cctv at the gate.
If the visit is for an extended period such as a visit by another club for the weekend, notice needs to be given so that a code can be defined that can be keyed in on the keypad to allow access. This will only be for a defined period of time. Please close and secure the gate after entering.

Cruising

At Portchester Sailing Club we have a very active group of cruiser sailors. The club offers deep water and half tide moorings and availability is usually good. Naturally, the most sheltered and closest moorings are more popular and have a waiting list. Shore side facilities include hard standing for cruisers between October and April, a derrick for stepping and unstepping masts, and a pontoon, which is accessible for around 2 hours either side of high water. Read more »

Dinghy Sailing

Dinghy sailing takes place at the club between April and October. Racing is held on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and at the weekends. Recreational sailing can take place at all states of the tide. The junior section is particularly well supported with a large Topper fleet. The club has recently achieved Volvo RYA Champion Club status, which recognises the strength of the junior programme and quality of coaching. Read more »

Angling

The club has an Angling section which organises competitions throughout the year. With numerous trophies to be won, both on the shoreline, and from afloat. The Angling section has a dedicated area for storing and preparing equipment in the yard. Read more »