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Frequently Asked Questions

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)

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?

Skippers are members, RYA qualified and Club approved.

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?

Yes, the club enters the yachts in a variety of RORC, JOG and fun races. Requests to book on to racing events are made via the Racing Officer to ensure the crew will be sufficiently strong for the event.

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?

No, the yachts are fully equipped with life-jackets, protective clothing, sleeping bags etc. With that said, most members prefer to bring their own sleeping bags, or sleeping bag liners, and once they get the sailing bug to buy their own oilies. The ones we have on board have usually been donated by members when they buy new, so can be a bit tatty.

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 ...?