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  • There are also a few spaces available on the RYA Radar course on 29 Nov. The course on 28 Nov is now full and 28 Nov almost full. If you are interested in this course get in touch with our Training Organiser now.
  • A short Training Needs Survey will be emailed to members week commencing 22 August. It is still not to late to take part.   You can launch the survey here.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The CSD Annual General meeting will be held on 26 November 2016, in the Waters Edge Restaurant, Mercury Yacht Harbour, Satchell Lane, Hamble starting at 12.00 hours. Committee Officer nominations forms can be obtained from the Secretary, Colin Smith, by email please csddaysails@btinternet.com.  A buffet lunch will be provided after the meeting.

Wanted : Volunteers for CSD Committee

The management, operation and maintenance of Sea Essay and the CSD sailing programme are carried out by a dedicated team of volunteers some of whom have been doing so for many years.  A number of these stalwarts now feel it is time for them to stand down and hand on their responsibilities.  Prominent positions to be vacated include the Secretary  although all committee officers are elected at the AGM (see calling notice) and hence their positions are open to keen volunteers.

If being involved in the many aspects of making a 40ft cruising yacht available to CSSC members appeals to you please get in touch with the CSD Secretary Colin Smith (csddaysails@btinternet.com) for further information and encouragement.

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.

SeaEssayAJBFeb2015Sea 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.

CSSC members may join CSSA for free and can then benefit from the quarterly CSSA magazine, subscribe to the crew 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.

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