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We're a friendly sailing club based on the East Coast of England, near Ipswich (in Suffolk). Our location offers a superb variety of sailing in the sheltered rivers and estuaries of the Suffolk and Essex coastlines at the same time allowing ready access to the open sea beyond Felixstowe for the more adventurous.
New members are always welcome. You don't have to work for BT to join, the club is open to everybody, although all members must to be over 18.
Membership - There are three types of membership. Yacht members (£114pa*) can skipper, train or crew on First Kiss as well as use the dinghies. Dinghy members (£44 pa*) can helm, train or crew on our four dinghies. Owner members (£13pa) will have their own boats and join in with club events such as races and rallies. The club is fortunate in having a local boat hut and storage yard for owner’s boats. * Includes early payment discount.
What it costs - the club does not aim to make a profit and we want to keep costs down. Typically a day sailing on the yacht will cost around £10-15 or a training evening £15 and an afternoon in a dinghy around £5. A week on the Summer cruise will cost you around £250 to £450 all in.
We hold introductory sessions at Waldringfield and Levington. To arrange a friendly meeting with us use the contact form or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're new to sailing, then starting with dinghies is a fantastic (and by far the best) way to learn. The club’s dinghies are kept at Waldringfield SC with which we have close ties. The Xenons take a crew of two or three. Our Gull takes two and can be easily sailed solo whilst the Laser is a single hander for the more confident. The club provides buoyancy aids. About ten sessions should suffice for training. We have several Race series (not too serious) and weekend day trips up or down the Deben, sometimes to sea, as well as casual sailing whenever we like. We sail from Easter to October. You do not have to helm if you don’t want to as normally another member can be found to helm. Dinghy sailing is a great introduction to the yacht although not essential.
We have lots going on throughout the season.
If you don't know your Xenons from your Gull's or Lasers you can find out more about them on these web sites:
First Kiss is a Beneteau First 32s5,berthed at Levington, which takes up to six people for day sailing and four overnight in three cabins. We have appropriate safety equipment, cooking and toilet facilities on board, life-jackets are provided.
The yacht training scheme runs one or two evenings per week and sometimes at weekends. It is possible to become a qualified skipper in a year or two. For experienced sailors a test sail will enable you to demonstrate your competence.
There is a race series where First Kiss tries to beat the owner members and Social Sails organised as well as frequent weekend trips. Retired members often use the yacht in the week and generally space can be found for anyone who wants a sail. In the summer there is a cruise split into five one week sections. There is no pressure to become a skipper if you don’t want to as there is always room for crew. Members help with maintenance over winter.
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