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. Events are also organised to help members develop more advanced skills and qualifications such as boat-handling, sail-trim, radar and Yachtmaster level Certificates of Competence.
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.
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Becoming an Approved Skipper
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.
Further information on Approved Skippers and the application process may be found on the cs-sailing.org.uk website