Although Tops'l does not have a club house many events are organised throughout the year ensuring a friendly and supportive club atmosphere. People join us from all walks of life and every effort is made to help new members integrate and get out sailing
The club is run by members on a voluntary basis, so apart from the organised club sailing events, members must make their own sailing arrangements, either to sail with other members or bring along family and friends to make up crew. However, systems are in place to make this simple; we have an on line booking system, and a closed group e-mailing list. Each yacht has its own booking page; skippers enter the dates they wish to take the boat out on the appropriate page and indicate, if and how many crew berths are available; often following up with an e-mail to all members. Although, typically its skippers who book the boats, crew members also have the facility to use the bookings site and then advertise for a skipper.
Although there is a system for general maintenance in place, members are required to mend anything they break (within their capabilities) whilst sailing.
Joining club sailing events which are organised regularly throughout the season both at weekends and mid week, allows new members to get to know others in a relaxed atmosphere. The pre-season maintenance and cleaning days are also very social and many a future sailing trip is hatched whilst stripping down winches etc.
The annual cruise takes one of the yachts away from base from late spring to autumn, sometimes there will also be a mini cruise (several weeks) to another location but at least one yacht is available for booking from Port Solent throughout the whole season.
Each year we have an Annual Dinner with dancing, at least one pub get together and RYA courses such as Survival and First Aid are organised.
Dependent on the weather, sailing is all the year round. Maintenance takes place mainly during the winter months but every effort is made to keep at least one of our yachts in service at Port Solent for 'icy finger' sailing which has the advantage of a special rate, from 1st November through to 31st March.