New Members Handbook
Congratulations! You have joined one of the best Sailing Clubs in both Langstone and Chichester harbours. Langstone Sailing Club is a vibrant, active and friendly club which welcomes new members. We have produced this handbook to help you make the most of the facilities and activities on offer.
Membership fluctuates between 500 to 600 people, of which there is a smaller core of active members who take part in all activities, both on and off the water. We hope that you will become one of those active members. The underlying ethos of the Club is one of self-help. We try to do everything using the combined skills and enthusiasm of members.
The only paid people are the weekly cleaners, so it is essential that all club members complete at least three duties a year. This also keeps costs down.
The Structure of the Club
Langstone Sailing Club is led by the Commodore and Flag Officers, who form the leadership of the General Committee. Meetings are held once a month, except for August, on the second Monday of the month. The published minutes may be read on the club web site. Any full member may stand for election to the committee, at the Winter A.G.M.
Names and photos of the current committee can be found on a board inside the entrance hall.
Your Key Fob will open the clubhouse door, and also operate the barriers.
During the sailing season please park your car to the North of the boundary shown in the diagram below, this helps to keep rigging and launching areas free for all to enjoy. During the winter when the cruisers are ashore, you may park to the South of this boundary. Please park considerately.
Members can select the type of duty they wish to take part in, and select a convenient date to volunteer on Duty Roster, which can be accessed through the Club website in members' area. If you are not sure how to use this, ask one of the Committee members.
Types of duty are :
- Galley Duty
Turn up at 12.00 on allotted duty day. If this is your first galley duty there will be a member of the House Committee there to explain the routine and how everything works - it's not difficult and there are always two people on duty.
The galley is open from 12.30 to 2.30 on Saturdays and Sundays, except during August. If doing a galley duty, you need to turn up by 12.00 to start preparation.
- Estates Maintenance
When you opt for a Work Party you may be part of a large group of people doing jobs such as cutting hedges, painting, scrubbing the slipway or a multitude of other tasks. If you are on a Work Party you should arrive at 08:45 for a cuppa and to hear what you will be doing. Wear old clothes and have wellies in case you are outside. It's a good idea to phone the organiser a few days before to see if there are any tools you can bring or if there are some jobs you might be particularly suited to. Because Work Parties are arranged well in advance, the task descriptions are not definite and you may be allocated to a different team on the day.
For those who work shifts or are retired it may be difficult to commit to a Saturday or Sunday Work Party. Currently a group meets at the clubhouse on a weekday to work on all sorts of projects. Another possibility is to offer yourself for jobs at other times, especially if you have special skills you are prepared to share. Our Rear Commodore (Admin) will be delighted to hear from you about this.
- Race Officer Duty and Patrol Boat Duty
These duties involve starting dinghy races, and accompanying the boats around the course. Full training can be given to anyone interested, or members can learn on the job by being assistants on the day. If doing one of these duties, you need to be at the club at least an hour before the published start time of the race for that day.
- Bar Duty
The Bar (this currently counts as half a duty). You will need supervised training before volunteering for bar duty. Ask at the bar for details. The bar is the heart of the club and the best place to make those new contacts and find out what is happening. You won't find better prices anywhere- real ale, good quality wines, snacks and soft drinks.
Bar opening times are:-
Wednesday 8.00-10.30 and Friday evening between 8.00 - 11.00pm
Saturday and Sunday between 12.00 - 3.00 pm.
The bar is also open at other times when events are planned or after racing, as required.
Whether you enjoy dinghy sailing or cruisers, or a bit of both, there is a varied programme of racing and social sails which can be found in the Club Handbook, sent annually to all members on receipt of their fees for the year.
The Boat Shed
This is available, on completing the Booking Form, for members to work on their boats. There is also a limited amount of storage in the Boat Shed, by arrangement with the Bosun.
All members are welcome to join in with the racing, whether experienced, Juniors or complete beginners. If you are unsure of where to go, just follow the other boats around and you will soon get an idea of the course, with the added advantage that the Patrol Boat will be looking out for you.
So what to do if you want to race. Turn up at least an hour before the published start time of the race, check the wind strength on the instruments in the club house, sign on in the Race Book on the Entrance Hall table then look out for fellow members in the dinghy park. The Race Officer will probably be walking around too, getting an idea of the numbers and types of boats racing.
Racing may take place in Chichester harbour round fixed buoys, or in Langstone harbour round inflatables and fixed buoys. Make sure that you go to the Bar at the end of the race, where post race discussions take place over a welcome pint or two.
If you had a cruiser when you joined the club, you will have been told whether there was currently a club mooring available for your boat, and whether there would be room for Winter storage ashore. However, if you decide to buy a boat later, make sure that you check first with the Mooring and Berthing officer, as moorings and space ashore are limited.
Cruiser Rallies are held about 6 times a year, mostly in the Solent. The dates will be published in the Handbook and on the Website, then a few weeks before the date a Signing Up sheet will be put up on the club notice board and online. Be sure to look out for this as rallies are very popular and spaces to some venues are limited.
Once signed up, boats make their own way to the venue. Look out for other club boats which will, hopefully, be flying the club burgee and the organising boat which will be flying the large club Battle Flag! Once there, Happy Hour usually starts around 5.30 to 6.00 pm. either on the pontoon, or close by. Bring along a bottle of something, a few nibbles and of course, a glass.
A meal is often organised for the evening, sometimes in another Sailing Club.
The Beta Trophy
This is the only cruiser race run at Langstone, and is usually a passage race on the way back from one of the rallies. The current winner organises the next year's race! So beware.
There is a varied programme of social events organised throughout the year, which includes themed meals such as Burns Night or Valentine's Dinner, usually held on a Saturday night at a very reasonable cost. There may also be talks on a range of subjects, a quiz, Wine Tasting ,Games Evening or a Music Night with a live band. The dates will be in the Club Handbook for regular events which are planned well in advance, and also on the web site. A signing up sheet will be on the notice board in the Club Room a few weeks in advance, so make sure that you check regularly and put your name up if you wish to attend as many events are fully booked before the day, and numbers for meals have to be limited due to space and catering. If you do sign up for a meal, make sure you turn up as this will be charged to non- attendees!
Other events organised during the year will be advertised with Posters and in the Langstone mini-news on the web site.
Pool and Darts events are sometimes organised by members during the winter season.
The Junior/Youth Section
Langstone has an active Junior/Youth Section with their own committee, and a Notice Board advertising their activities, sited just inside the main entrance hall.
There are Juniors In Boats ( JIB ) sessions, from about April to September each year, held on varying week day evenings between 5.00 - 7.00 pm. Juniors from 7 years old and up, just turn up with a responsible adult, and will join a group with instructors who will talk through the activity for that evening. If it is too windy for sailing, there will be shore based activities and of course, refreshments, to keep the children entertained.
There are a variety of Junior boats including 5 RS Teras, 4 RS Fevas, 4 Toppers, and an Optibat. These will be used during training events, along with Juniors' own boats.
The Junior Section also have a Training Week, for which there is a charge. This is held during school holidays once a year. attendees receive training for R.Y.A qualifications during this week, as well as having a great time.
Social events are planned too, including B.B.Q's, a Fun Day.
All adults working with children, such as during organised training, are C.R.B checked.
This section caters for people with any form of disability is an active, affiliated section of Langstone Sailing Club. Members have their own committee, which usually holds meetings once a month on a Wednesday evening. They have a range of boats which are used for training sessions, social sails and on Open Days. A group of able bodied members from the club go along, and additional helpers are welcome to join in the fun.
Sailability members also organise their own social events, and fund raising events, from time to time, as well as joining in club events.
The IBM Section
This is another affiliated section, as I.B.M. has been a major employer in the area for many years. I.B.M. has their own committee, and keeps a range of boats on the club site, including Wayfarers, Lasers and a RIB, which their members may use. These boats are sometimes loaned to Langstone by arrangement during training sessions. Members of this section may join in all club events, but may not serve on the main Committee, and do not have a vote, unless they decide to join the club as Full Members.
The LSC Website
There is a great deal of additional information available on the club's Website including the Club Calendar and details of forthcoming events.
Finally, please come and join us at any time when the bar is open, and you will be made most welcome.
Tel: 02392 484577 www.langstonesc.org.uk
Last updated 11:19 on 13 March 2019