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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS IN THE WEBSITE "MEMBERS' AREA"?

Details of when the various activities are due to take place, are contained in the Sailing Programme and Bookings Calendar which are available online in the website Members Area. You can book on any events that interest you directly from the Bookings Calendar. Access requires login with a password. The Members Area also has a Club Handbook Section which contains all information relevant to members.

WHAT IS THE "SUBSCRIPTION DISCOUNT SCHEME"?

The current scheme, which is currently under review, was introduced with the acquisition of Quartette’s predecessor Firebird. The scheme allows club members, in return for making a debenture of £1000 to the club, a discount of £50 on their annual subsriptions and 10% discount on sailing fees. The debtentures are for a period of 10 years, althought they may be repaid earlier at the Club’s discretion. Skippers over 35 years old are required to be members of this or earlier schemes.

WHAT IS THE "SUMMER CRUISE"?

For the summer months, one of our two yachts is based in one or more locations outside the Solent. Locations have included Southern Ireland, West Scotland, North-west Spain, the West Country including the Isles of Scilly, the Channel Islands, Brittany and Holland, Germany and Denmark. This year Quartette will be cruising in Brittany. Different skippers and crews join the boat for a week at a time, giving the opportunity to sail away from home waters.

WHAT IS A "CLUB SAIL"?

Club Sails are normally weekend and midweek sailing with other club members, usually in the Solent area between Selsey Bill and Poole – a good introduction to the club and its boats; where possible, club boats arrange the same stopovers, adding to the fun.

Club sails are open to any member, who can book a berth using the Bookings Calendar.

ARE THERE SOCIAL EVENTS?

We are always looking at ways to meet socially and may arrange a rally in the spring or autumn where affiliated boats can join in and new members get the opportunity of meeting other club members. Otherwise, the AGM in February; which finishes with a meal and drinks; provides a good opportunity to meet the committee and other members.

Some members have started organising local events close to where they live, inviting other members who live locally. These are typically meals in pubs or restaurants and a great opportunity to plan sailing events.

WHAT YACHTS DO YOU HAVE?

Relax of Phoenix An X Yacht X40. Built in 2008. She has three double cabins, and the ‘modern’ saloon layout, giving a maximum of 7 berths. IRC rated IRC2

Quartette A Westerly Oceanquest 35 AC a Bermudan rigged cruiser,10.5 metres overall length with long fin keel, and sleeps up to 6.

Both yachts are equipped with offshore safety equipment, hot water, refrigerators, and central heating. A full set of charts, almanacs and tidal atlas’s, chart Plotters, and AIS allow extended cruising.

CAN I BE TRAINED WITH PHOENIX?

We offer formal RYA training from the entry level RYA Competent Crew course through to Yachtmaster Offshore, all taught on a voluntary basis by members who are commercially endorsed RYA instructors. In addition we offer informal training such as boat handling and sail trimming.

CAN I SAIL IF I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE?

Phoenix is keen to offer sailing and racing to people of all levels of experience. Contact the Membership Secretary or Rear Commodore (Sailing) (see Contact Us page) We have some guidelines for inexperienced crew that you will find in the Members Documents area on the website – worth a look even if you’ve done some sailing previously.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SAIL?

Charges are per person per sailing day plus shared food, mooring and diesel costs (see Membership and Sailing Fees page for current rates)

WHO SKIPPERS THE YACHTS?

PYC skippers take on full responsibility for the boat and crew. It is the policy of PYC that all skippers are RYA qualified and satisfy the Sailing Committee that they are competent and safe following an assessment. To allow skippers to develop their experience we have three levels. Inshore – restricted to the Solent area (Selsey Bill to Anvil Point), Coastal (North Foreland to Lands End) and Offshore – area covered by insurance (roughly Brest – the Elbe). All skippers are required to maintain first aid qualifications, and to be part of the SDS scheme.

HOW ARE CREW SELECTED?

Crew berths are on a first come first served basis. Guests may also come as introductory members, subject to an introductory membership fee that is refunded if you join in the same membership year.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN?

We charge a low annual membership fee and then a per-day sailing fee, which varies during the year. Please see the Membership and Sailing Fees page for current rates.

CAN I RACE WITH PHOENIX?

Racing is an excellent way of developing teamworking, helmsmanship and sail trimming skills. Both yachts are IRC rated and members have participated in the Round the Island race, Cowes Week and Cork Week. Additionally RelaX takes active part in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) annual racing series, which includes racing in the channel and the Fastnet. Racing involvement depends on the interest and commitment shown by members in the current year and training can be organised according to members’ requirements.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

New members are provided with a New Member's Information Booklet that provides all necessary detail about what to take and how get in contact with the rest of the crew etc.

DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE ANY EQUIPMENT?

A life jacket with harness and safety strop is provided for each member of crew on each boat. A few sets of Oilskins (nautical waterproofs) and sleeping bags are available; but if you have your own, it is advisable to bring them. (If you are going to use the yacht’s sleeping bags please bring a sleeping bag liner). Some people find a small pillow beneficial. You will need to wear deck shoes and/or shoes with non-slip and white rubber soles, and it is advisable to bring sailing boots if you have them. Please ensure that your kit is packed in a holdall or sports bag that can be stowed easily on the yacht and is not rigid. A suitcase is not suitable. The weather cannot be predicted, so bring clothes for all eventualities. Several thin layers are better than one thick one; long-johns and thermal underwear are ideal. Bring at least two of everything that is likely to get wet. A neck towel is recommended for wet and windy weather. Remember to bring a towel and soap for those welcome marina showers and a plastic bag for any wet clothes!

WHERE CAN I SAIL?

Weekends are usually spent in the Solent, though the boats do Summer Cruises anywhere that the membership decide, from Scotland, Ireland, France, Denmark to ...?

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