About CMYC - FAQ's

The Friendliest Dinghy Sailing Club in Sussex? We like to think so. The Mariners have a well deserved reputation for being a very friendly club with a relaxed atmosphere, so if you're interested in sailing, do feel free to come and visit us for a chat. Organised events take place on most weekends from March to December, or take advantage of a free trial sail on one of our Open days. Sailing dinghies come in all shapes and sizes (over 100 different Classes at last count). No matter what your weight, shape, age or level of fitness, there will be a class of boat to suit your needs. For members that do not own a boat the Club has a number of boats that can be used.



Many thanks for your interest in Crawley Mariners Yacht Club. We like to think we are very friendly club and welcome new members who are experienced dinghy sailors or novices wishing to learn to sail. If you are an inexperienced sailor we can teach you to sail on one of our RYA courses usually held in early summer. In addition there are our once a month Saturday Clubs these are informal sessions run by our RYA approved Instructors can teach you to sail at Hedgecourt Lake. Alternatively if you just want to sail on your own at Hedgecourt Lake, then that’s fine. Unusually for a yacht club the clubhouse and lake are available for use 365 days a year.



A RYA qualification is known and respected the world over and at CMYC we are proud to be delivering your training to these high standards. RYA approved sailing courses are run throughout the year and details can be found below and are also published in the Newsletter which is emailed to members each month. Additionally, we usually run two RYA Powerboat Level 2 courses, one prior to the start of the sailing season. These are two day courses and are for members only, equipping our members with the skills to perform their power boat club duties and supporting Saturday Clubs.


where we sail

Racing at Hedgecourt Lake

The racing programme at Crawley Mariners is full and varied. Pretty much every weekend there will be a race at the Lake, there are also Wednesday evening series. The intention is to provide an opportunity for all to take part. From beginners, through to club racers and preparing for higher level competition, there is a series for you. Thanks to its relatively sheltered inland location and its shallow depth throughout, our home base at Hedgecourt Lake is an excellent venue at which to develop your sailing skills.


Cruising with CMYC

It's rare to find a lake based club with such an extensive cruising programme. At the beginning the club was quite nomadic. With no club storage, members had to keep their boats at home on trailers. This had the advantage that the boats could be easily be taken to sailing venues other than a home lake. Hence the club's sailing programme was developed to include cruising in Chichester and Langstone Harbours, from Hillhead in the Solent and visiting South Coast sailing clubs.



Cobnor Activity Centre visits

Twice a year (Spring and Autumn) we take a group of youth members to Cobnor Activity Centre in Chichester Harbour. These weekends are very popular with everyone involved. As most of the young sailors have learnt to sail on our small lake, this is an important part of our programme, as it allows young sailors to understand and experience sailing on much larger tidal waters.


Hedgecourt Lake

Other Activties at CMYC

Informal Training

From April to November, we run monthly full day ‘Saturday Clubs' for both juniors and adults. Saturday Clubs are split into two groups: Adults and Juniors (see also links below). With regard to adult participants the opportunity is offered to raise any sailing related question/need - whether it is on a particular sailing technique or how best to prepare your boat for trailing to another venue. For more 'special' questions it would be best to have advance notice so that an instructor or ‘expert' can come prepared.

MORE - Adult Saturday Clubs

MORE - Junior Saturday Clubs

Open Water Swimming

Hedgecourt Lake is available for open water swimming from the Crawley Mariners Yacht Club clubhouse (north-west) end during the following times

Weekdays before 9.30am
Weekends before 9.00am
Thursdays after 5.30pm


Tuesday Volunteer Work Group

The 'Tuesday Volunteer Work Group' as it is known is primarily a group of members who meet and assist the club by carrying out maintenance work within their expertise on the estate.


Social Sailing

We hope all our sailing activities are social, but we have three categories specifically aimed at sailing as an informal social activity i.e. no racing or training. These are Thursday Sailing, Women on Water (Friday evenings) and Weekend social sailing.


Instructed Kayak Sessions

All abilities welcome! Friendly group session to develop flat water kayaking skills. Booking is via Webcollect, please use the 'Waiting List' if there are no places available so that we can contact you if the situation changes.


What’s Happening at CMYC

Jun 5, 2024 |
General, Juniors, Upcoming Events, Social,  |

Fun for all at our 61st Birthday Carnival Early Summer Social! 

Saturday 8th June 2024

From 8am - 4pm

Apr 28, 2024 |
DryMeetings, Upcoming Events,  |

Bring your friends & families along to our 2024 Open Day, Sunday 5th May, 10am-4pm. 

Feb 11, 2024 |
General, Juniors, Training, Cruising, Racing, Upcoming Events,  |
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The 2024 programme is now available as an eCalendar. If you have previously linked to the CMYC eCalendar you should get the updates automatically. If you imported the ics file then you will need to repeat the process. You can access the files and instructions here.