Mudeford Sailing Club is a small and friendly club based on the north-eastern shore of Christchurch Harbour, adjacent to Strides boatyard, about 200m to the left of the end of Argyle Road. There, we have a Dutch barge “Vrouwe Johanna” which is our club house, galley, race control and meeting place. We were founded on Easter Monday April 3rd 1961 and have been sailing and racing in the Harbour ever since.
The focus of the club is on racing but we have also have a lively social calendar and many opportunities for cruising the beautiful local waters on sunny afternoons.
The most popular boat among the adult sailors is the Laser, with all 3 rig sizes (Standard, Radial and 4.7) sailed most weekends. Abilities range from experts to complete beginners. There is also a wide variety of single-handed and crewed boats. Because all racing is based on the handicap of the boats, there is no disadvantage in sailing (for instance) a slower boat like a Mirror Dinghy. The Harbour is relatively shallow, so it is not really suitable for high performance dinghies since boats with long centreboards and rudders are at a major disadvantage.
Most Junior sailors start in the Optimist, but the RS Tera, Topper and Pico are also popular. We have Club boats (Hartley 12/2, Laser and Topper) which can be used by new members until they decide whether to buy their own
Joining the Club does bring some responsibilities: sailors are expected to do their share of Race Officer and Safety duties.
To join, print off the form linked to the next page . If you know someone in the Club, get them to introduce you on a race day. If you don’t, then bring the form down to the Barge one Sunday and meet us. A committee member will be glad to propose you for membership.