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- The latest version of the Sailing Programme and a number of specific sailing opportunities are on the Sailing Opportunities page.
- There are still opportunities for chartering Sea Essay on the Summer Cruise (See the Sailing Programme for details). Members interested in doing so should contact our Charter Organiser.
- Sea Time berths are also available on the Summer Cruise. Members interested in these should contact our Sea Time Organiser / Crew Bureau Secretary.
- There are also a number of berths available on our autumn training courses. If you are interested in any of these or have any other training needs please get in touch with our Training Organiser.
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 (CSSA) and which is in turn part of the Civil Service Sports Club Ltd (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. 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/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence, an SRC Certificate and a currently valid, RYA approved, First Aid Certificate. In addition they should submit the contact details for two CSSA Approved Skippers at equivalent or higher standard that that applied for with whom they have sailed and who have agreed to act as referees.