Our next Club Class starts in  March 2023…. see dates below

Day Date   Start   Finish
Saturday 4th March   09:00 12:30 Approx.
Saturday 11th March   09:30 12:30 Approx.
Saturday 18th March   09:30 12:30 Approx.
Saturday  25th March   09:30 12:30 Approx.
Saturday 1st April   09:30 12:30 Approx.

 What is Club Class..?

Club Class is our way of introducing people to our key sailing activity of yacht racing via a series of five practical participation sessions.  Whether you are completely new to sailing and looking to pick up the basics, or an experienced sailor who would like to build on previous experience and add racing to your repertoire, Club Class has something to offer. You will meet and sail with owners and crews who are actively looking for new crew members.

The cost of the Club Class experience (including a year’s full single membership)  is currently £210 + £25 joining fee * (Concessions: £110 +£25 joining fee). Club Class is only available to over-18s.

Club Class is not a training course, you will learn practical skills at your own pace by spending as much time as possible on the water participating alongside racing crew; sessions afloat will be supported by shore-based briefings focusing on crew co-ordination, basic sailing manoeuvres, mark-rounding techniques, starting techniques, the handicap system, basic racing rules, essential rope work, sources of and interpretation of meteorological and tidal information, tactics and course planning. We’ll also point you in the right direction if you want to gain formal sailing qualifications.

By the end of Club Class, participants will have a good understanding of safety aboard, and experienced the basics of tacking/gybing, sail trim, spinnakers,  setting-up and packing away.

Members completing Club Class are encouraged to make the most of their membership by becoming a crew member aboard one of the yachts racing regularly out of Brighton Marina.

Am I fit enough..?

Sailing is a fun and sociable sport that can be enjoyed whatever your level of fitness. Having said that, yacht racing is a competitive sport, and in particular the yachts we will be using do require a reasonable level of fitness. If you would like advice on fitness level required for Club Class, please get in touch.

What do I need to bring..?

All safety equipment will be provided.  For the sessions afloat it is essential that you come prepared to be outside for a couple of hours under conditions whereby you may get wet:

Soft-soled shoes or boots that will give you adequate grip whilst not marking the decks are essential;
Lots of thin layers are better than a few thick layers to help regulate body warmth/comfort;
Waterproofs are essential – Golfing or Walking types will be sufficient as we won’t be venturing afloat in adverse conditions;
A pair of leather palmed gloves will help protect your hands.

It may be worth bringing a change of clothing (left in your car or the club house); changing facilities are available.

Apart from that all you need bring is bags of enthusiasm, a will to experience something new and a smile…

The social side

The Club restaurant offers an excellent meals and snacks menu whilst our bar offers a fine selection of beers, spirits, wines and soft drinks to consume while you relax, enjoy the opportunity to meet some of our regular members and to chew over experiences with fellow Club Classers.

Of course, as a member you are welcome to use the bar, restaurant and sunny balcony at any time and enjoy a discount of 20% on food and drink.  Check out opening times.

Are you a boat owner?

Many of the skippers regularly racing their boats at BMYC started by bringing their boat along to Club Class. Many of the boats are standard design cruisers. You don’t need a sophisticated racing boat.

At Club Class we’ll ‘tailor-make’ the instruction you require to suit your level of experience, and when we go out to practise we will put on board your boat an experienced skipper and crew to help and advise you.

To find out more email racing@bmyc.uk and we’ll come back to you to talk it through.


To join in with Club Class: Please read our Terms and Conditions before completing the Application Form.

You will be enrolled as a member of BMYC and a place will be reserved for you (subject to availability). Find out more about membership.

For more information about Club Class, or if you have any queries, please contact us by email at clubclass@bmyc.uk.

We will send you an invoice with a link to an online payment system (Stripe) and details for paying by bank transfer if you prefer. Monthly direct debits are available through GoCardless, although the joining fee needs to be paid separately. Details will be on your invoice.

*Pricing 2022/23 – Subject to change…