* Stop Press – Book these now *
- Thursday 3 March 2016 – CSD Fast Track scheme for becoming an Approved Skipper
- Opportunity for One day Chart Plotter Course
- There are also a number of Summer cruise weeks that are still available either for member charter or potentially for Sea Time (Look for ‘TBC’ in the Programme – the latest version is on the Sailing Opportunities page)
What is Channel Sailing Division?
Channel Sailing Division(CSD) operates and maintains a yacht “Sea Essay of Hamble”. CSD is an Offshore Division of the Civil Service Sailing Association which is in turn part of Civil Service Sports & Leisure (CSSC). CSD is managed by a committee in accordance with the CSD Constitution 2012.
Sea Essay of Hamble is a three cabin, two heads version of the Jeaneau Sun Odyssey 409 and was purchased in early 2015. She is equipped and coded for a crew of 8 up to 60 miles from a safe haven. She is maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers and is made available to members at all skill levels for introductory day sails, training, private charters and Sea Time / cruises. RYA certified Instructors can provide training from Competent Crew to Yachtmaster at rates below commercial organisations. Events are also organised to help members develop boat-handling and other skills such as sail-trim.
Sea Essay is kept at Mercury Yacht Harbour on the River Hamble near Southampton with direct access to the Solent and English Channel.
CSSC members may charter the yacht for their own group use although it must be skippered by an approved CSSA Coastal or Offshore skipper. In Members may join the crewing bureau or enrol for the various courses and other events that are publicised by email and on this website. To become an approved skipper, a member must possess a full RYA/DoT Yachtmast Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence, an SRC Certificate and a currently valid, RYA approved, First Aid Certificate. In addition they should submit references from two CSSA members of equivalent qualifications with whom they have sailed.