Tops’l sailing club
Solent Sailing and Yacht Share
A south coast not-for-profit sailing club with a difference!
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Tops’l could be just what you’re looking for!
Solent sailing and yacht share
Tops'l sailing club
A most satisfying way to sail the Solent, South Coast and beyond, based at Port Solent with three top notch yachts to share
- Tops’l welcomes new members of all sailing abilities
- No limit to when or how many days you sail
- Three different boats providing a range of sailing experiences
- Gain a real sense of ownership without the associated worries
- Unlike most other schemes, costs relate only to days sailed
- Emphasis on cruising; choice of sailing areas each season
- Club mentors available to help build confidence >see Phil’s Story<
- A club run by the members for the members
- Reduced sailing rates for winter
Carina of Solent has added a new dimension to our sailing. Her twin rudders and swing keel offer the flexibility of sailing shallow waters, exploring creeks and of drying out, sitting upright! Together with a tall fractional rig she gives good performance and is a stable, comfortable and fun yacht – perfect for a recent cruise in Holland.
ELFIDA replaced our Dufour 36 – with twin steering wheels and large cockpit space, she is a popular, fun yacht and an ideal club boat. Below deck, there are three sleeping cabins, perfect for families or three couples and her roomy main cabin includes a smart galley with a large top loading fridge; perfect for cruising in Brittany and the south coast.
Hallberg Rassy 36
JOCALIA is a heavier displacement sea kindly yacht and it’s no secret that the HR 36 is a well proven blue water cruiser. With her well-protected centre cockpit, great deck seats at the stern, comfortable, cosy cabins and secure galley, she is a much loved yacht for both local and offshore cruising. She has visited The Azores & Madeira.
Founded in 1979, Tops’l members still enjoy a flexible, affordable way to sail in great waters (not always in the UK) and in effect are all part owners of not one but three top quality yachts.
With an emphasis on cruising our three very different yachts are fully equipped for comfort. They carry up to date safety equipment and are maintained to the highest standard: offering sailing to suit everyone from improvement of skills, fabulous local south coast sailing, to opportunities for offshore passages and exploring new cruising grounds.
Our inclusive, like-minded members come from all walks of life and some travel from quite far afield to sail with us, testament to our supportive friendly club and the satisfaction of sailing superb yachts.
Organised club sails and social events add to the welcoming club atmosphere and there is always someone to sail with. So whatever your sailing experience or how much or little time you have to spend on the water, Tops’l could open up a world of sailing experiences for you!
With a spirit of adventure we have cruised to Greece, the Spanish Rias, the Azores, Holland, Brittany, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland and many more locations. Skippers and crew members get together to book for a week or longer taking part in offshore passages or exploring new areas. Our exclusive ‘family & friends’ option affords skippers especially, a real sense of ownership. (see costs)
2020/21 Jocalia over wintering in Largs – Cruise Plans on hold.
Local and Club Sailing
Whilst our boats can be away cruising at least one boat stays at base for individual bookings by members. Ladies sails and monthly club sails held both at a weekend and also midweek are planned in advance. These sociable events can be a couple of days in the Solent or a longer crossing maybe to France or the Channel Islands and are ideal for members to meet each other and plan future trips.
Skills and Mentoring
By sailing with experienced mentors and taking part in Club Boat Handling Days, members may improve their sailing skills to a high standard in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. First Aid and Survival Courses are arranged and periodically RYA training and exams may be arranged using our own boats.
For any members interested in maintenance there are opportunities to become involved.
Video from a Club Sail
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Video from a Club Sail.
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Through the purchase of shares, all Tops’l members are effectively part owners of the club’s assets and have the benefit of sailing top quality yachts. Tops’l is a not for profit organisation and charges are set so that members may both enjoy and maintain high standards by covering costs together with the effects of depreciation and inflation in an affordable way.
Unlike other schemes, the cost you pay is related to the amount you sail.
What will it cost to join us?
There are three cost elements to Tops’l membership – share purchases, monthly subscriptions, and daily sailing charges.
On joining, a minimum of 600 shares @ £2.91 * = £1,746
Individual £30 (crew), £45 (skipper)
For an additional £10/month family and friends may sail
A member’s children or grandchildren under 18 sail free
Daily Sailing Charge:
£53/day (less Discount – see below)
Plus a share of fuel and away from base mooring costs
Exclusive use of yacht for family and friends £212/day
NB Charge is for four berths and the discount may also be used
* Share price to 2021 AGM.
For details of an alternative way to purchase shares,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
Shares: The minimum requirement for a member’s holding is 600. Members’ shareholdings vary considerably and in most cases are very much dependant on individual circumstances and usage of the club. For instance, the average holding of a skipper is in the region of 2,000 shares. Fairness is achieved through an annual shareholder discount. Shares must be held for a minimum of five years and, when the member leaves/retires, the shares can be redeemed at the latest share price.
Subscription: There is a low subscription which is paid monthly and in the first instance everyone joins as crew. For a small additional monthly supplement a ‘family and friends option’ is available and all family and friends must be nominated on an easily amended list.
Sailing Charges: Based on a berth/day concept. A member books a berth rather than the whole boat so the individual charge is the same whether three persons or more are on board.
Engine Charges: These cover the cost of fuel, gas and maintenance and are charged per hour of use shared by the crew.
Discount: The discount is in the form of Annual Sailing Vouchers: Each block of 100 fully paid for shares attracts one voucher to be used during the year of issue and may not be carried forward. One voucher per person per day reduces the daily sailing cost by £13. A member may use them for anyone in his/her crew.
Other Charges: Insurance excess min. £450+ excess depending on sailing area – shared by the crew in the event of an incident.