The Club exists primarily for those who live further from the coast and would like to share their sailing experiences a little closer to home.
Affiliated to the RYA we have nearly 150 members owning approximately 60 boats, most of which are kept in or around the Solent but with several boats berthed much further afield.
Many members are looking for crewing opportunities or just wish to meet other sailing enthusiasts. Our 'stowaway' register helps them find skippers who are looking for crew.
GCCC is ideal for those who have completed, or plan to complete, an RYA 'Day Skipper' qualification.
Anyone interested in sailing is welcome to come along - without necessarily having any previous sailing experience!
Interested in joining?
You are very welcome to visit us any Tuesday evening to meet our members and find out more about our activities.
Many visitors join after attending just one of our Winter Talks - we ask for only a £3 contribution towards our costs.
Please read our Constitution if you would like to see how we operate more formally.
Here is our Flyer
We organise rallies, mostly around the Solent, every two weeks from April through to October.
A major event is the two-week annual Summer Cruise which extends our cruising area to the West Country or across the Channel to France and the Channel Islands.
A number of social events are held throughout the year, mainly at the clubhouse, including our annual summer BBQ overlooking the lake.
Between October and March we offer regular talks on a variety of sailing topics. These are presented at the Clubhouse by either external speakers or fellow members of the club.
The Club was started in 1973 by a group of local yachtsmen attending navigation classes who wanted to maintain their friendship and enthusiasm for yachting.
All had boats berthed around the Solent and wished to meet up socially and to sail together at weekends.
An offer was made by Guildford Rowing Club to make use of their premises and after a long and successful relationship the yacht club moved in 2013 to newer and larger premises at Papercourt Sailing Club near Ripley.
The Club has since continued to grow and to welcome new members.
A list of Past Commodores can be found on the Committee page.