A ‘not for profit’ south coast sailing club
Contact us for a no-commitment taster sail.
Tops’l could be just what you are looking for!
- We welcome 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
- Reasonable cost and a sense of ownership without associated worries
- 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 with her tall fractional rig is a popular, fast, fun, sailing/cruiser and in addition offers the flexibility of exploring shallow creeks with the option of drying out (sitting upright); something we do quite often!
With her three cabins, Elfida is an ideal club boat. She is easy to sail and performs very well. Her twin steering wheels, large cockpit, and roomy main cabin, including a chic galley with a spacious top loading fridge, makes her a popular and comfortable cruiser.
Hallberg Rassy 36
It’s no secret that the H36 is a well proven blue water cruiser. Jocalia’s excellent build quality and sea worthy design result in a kindly motion at sea. Elegant lines, a well-protected centre cockpit and ease of handling make her a much loved, superb yacht to sail both in the Solent and further afield.
Our boats are based at Port Solent and, though Tops’l doesn’t have a clubhouse, events are regularly held there ensuring a welcoming and supportive club atmosphere. Several of our members live as far away as Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, and Greater Manchester – testament to the quality of the boats and friendliness of Tops’l people. The club was originally founded on the basis that to sail as a member should be as much like being a private owner and as affordable as possible. An ethos that continues today.
With an emphasis on cruising, our yachts are all fully equipped for comfort and carry up-to-date safety equipment. Maintenance is of paramount importance and a dedicated bosun team ensure the yachts are kept fully serviceable.
Founded in 1979 there is still the same spirit of adventure within our friendly, like-minded membership. Our three different yachts offer sailing to suit everyone and whether you are a beginner or have spent a lifetime at sea; have limited time for sailing or all the time in the world, Tops’l could be just what you are looking for!
Our boats have cruised to the Azores, Holland, Scotland, the Spanish Rias, Brittany and many more locations, offering opportunities to take part in longer passages or the enjoyment of cruising new areas. Sailing to suit everyone!
2020: Jocalia will continue to cruise the Western Isles before embarking on the journey back to base via Southern Ireland, the Scilly Isles and the South West. She is expected to return to Port Solent sometime in October. Elfida will leave Port Solent in April for a Mini Cruise to Southern Brittany.
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 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.
Through the purchase of shares all Tops’l members are effectively part owners of the club’s assets and benefit from sailing three top quality yachts but this is no ordinary yacht share! 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.
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 3,000 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.