Joining

Joining

Acceptance of membership applications is at the discretion of the committee. Applications should be made in the first instance to the Commodore.

Subscription

There is no fee on application. In addition to the annual subscription there is a supplement for family membership and a supplement to join the dinghy section.

Entrance Fee £0

Full Single Membership £22 per year

Spouse / Family Membership = £34 per year (Single Membership+£12 per year = £34 for family membership)

Dinghy Section Supplement £80 per person per year (see notes)

Single Membership plus Dinghy Section Supplement = £102 per year

Family Membership plus Dinghy Section Supplement including one adult = £114 per year

Family Membership plus Dinghy Section Supplement including two adults = £194 per year

Late Payment Fee for existing members – this is simply a nudge to all members to pay their subs while the treasurer is in the business of completing the membership admin. All the committee members are volunteers, and we like to sail in the summer and do the club admin in the winter. If you are an established club member, please pay your subs during January. If you are renewing your membership after 31st January, the renewal will be an additional £30. If you are a new member you are welcome to join any time of the year. If you join after Summer Camp, your subscription will be good through to the end of the following year – 16 months for the price of 12.

Alternative ways of paying – We have also been looking at methods of payment. We have decided to retain our existing options of cash, cheque and bank transfer (BACS or Faster Payments). Our preferred method is bank transfer and we would encourage members to set up an annual standing order to do the transfer automatically in early January to avoid the risk of forgetting. (The club bank is Santander, sort code 09-01-55, account number 75694181, account name: Cody sailing Club). Additionally, we are introducing the option of making payment by Direct Debit, using the GOCARDLESS service. This has the advantage of members not having to remember to change standing orders should subs change again in the future. Any member wishing to make use of this service in January 2018 should contact the Treasurer as soon as possible.

Dinghy Section – how to sail without owning a dinghy yourself

Dinghy Section (DS) Membership entitles you to sail on Club dinghy cruises, to sail the Club boats at Frensham and to hire any of the dinghies on a daily basis (given appropriate skill and experience). It is a non-equity fractional ownership scheme for access to the boats.

The DS fee is payable individually for DS members on an annual basis except for DS members children or dependants under 18. They may use the club boats with a suitably RYA qualified (see DS rule 5) parent or guardian who are DS members provided there is not the demand for spaces from other paid DS members.

There may be occasional events such as the annual Frensham Pond SC 10 hour race where the daily dinghy hire fee to non-DS members is waived. This is discretionary. For all other events the daily dinghy hire fee is payable where non-DS members use club boats.

Non-DS members assisting with club training or running club racing do not need to pay the daily dinghy hire fee at these events.

Notes

  • Course participants should be aware that Blue Green algae may on occasions be present in Frensham Pond during the summer months, and in that event appropriate safety measures will need to be taken. Respect the recommendations – the health implications following exposure can be horrible.
  • Best practice requires that participants on Club events disclose to the Club any medical condition or disability, affecting the safety of their participation or that of others whilst on any training course. Details of next-of-kin or other contact address must be provided above for notification in the event of an accident or medical emergency.
  • We expect any privately owned boat to be as seaworthy and our club boats, with appropriate insurance. Please ensure that your boat is seaworthy.

Club Rules

Members should be aware of and abide by the Constitution and Club Rules

Application form

See the Application For Membership page for details of how to apply.

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Proctor 1974 Penultimate National 18 Capsize Test – two people

In order to be confident in sailing the National 18 as a day cruising boat with two crew, we wanted to be assured that it was possible to recover the boat from capsize with two people. The National 18 is a three person boat, so I was not sure whether a recovery with only two people was possible.

We took it to Bough Beech Reservoir and under the watchful eye of their club safety boat driver we conducted the experiment. The boat was cleared of all loose contents and made ready for capsize. There was no wind so we got deep enough by a tow in flat calm conditions away from the shore.

Preparing for capsize

At the moment of capsize, before the inside filled with water, the boat sat very high.

Just before the mast hit the water

And sat at rest for a moment (while, I imagine, the mast filled with water).

Now full, the boat settled bow down. The centreboard was too far above the water to be got on (righting lines would absolutely fix this, but would not, overall, help with righting the vessel with only two people)

This is the moment when I realised that the downward pressure of the rigging hugely overwhelmed my weight hanging on the end of the centreboard – I was being lifted powerfully out of the water.

The moment I realised that my weight was not even close to being enough to prevent inversion

Despite both of us hanging off the hull, the mast was heading quickly to inversion.

Both crew attempting to keep the boat level, and failing. The boat was well on it’s way to inverting.

At this point it became clear that two people are simply not enough to keep this National 18 with it’s mast level with the water, and the experiment was stopped and a third person joined us in the water to right the boat.

The boat became almost completely inverted, with the air escaping from the hull and centreboard as it settled with the waterline at floor level, and it was possible to get on the hull and onto the centreboard. It took the weight of two people on the centreboard to raise it, one standing and leaning back and the other hanging on to the end and pushing down.

Unfortunately, we had no one scooped in the boat for the first righting and it proved a point that I had speculated; with a ton of water above the buoyancy tank it would be unstable until drained., The weight of the water above the buoyancy made it highly unstable and it immediately capsized.

We established that it’s critical to have two on the centreboard to raise the boat and the third person must be scooped into the boat to dynamically stabilise it while it self-drains for about 30 seconds. The floor is about 2cm above the water line and the centreboard slot is level with the deck, so the water drains very quickly through the slot – a great safety feature.

It was easy to get back in. On shore there was little water in the buoyancy tanks.

Note: This experiment cannot be used to extrapolate to all National 18s. This is a 1974 Proctor hull which has been fitted with full length under floor buoyancy at the level of the centreboard case. We had no masthead buoyancy, and no righting lines, it was exactly as we raced it.

Conclusion: This National 18 cannot be raised from capsize by only two people. With both crew on the centreboard the boat will right and immediately capsize due to the instability due to the water above the buoyancy tanks. One person on the centreboard is insufficient weight to counteract the weight of the mast.

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