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What is Channel Sailing Division?
Channel Sailing Division (CSD) operates and maintains a yacht “Sea Essay”. 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) also known as CSSC Sports and Leisure.
CSD is managed by a committee in accordance with the CSD Constitution 2012.
Sea Essay is a three cabin, two heads version of the Dufour 390 and was delivered in early 2022. She is equipped and coded for a crew of 8 up to 60 miles from a safe haven.
Sea Essay 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 and RYA Yachtmaster level Certificates of Competence which are a pre-requisite for becoming CSSA Approved Skipper.
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.