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Applying for Membership

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West Wittering Sailing Club welcomes applications from residents of the village who are interested in sailing or other on-the-water activities. A condition of our lease means we cannot accept applications from those who don't have a residential address in the parish. This means an address in the parish that is "used primarily for occupation by you and your family".

The Club is close to its capacity both in terms of the places on our junior training programmes and the storage of members' boats. In order to manage this we no longer accept applications for full membership throughout the year but instead have an annual new member intake each December before the new membership year starts. This means all those wishing to join for the following year must submit their application at the very latest by mid-November in the preceding year. Under some circumstances applicants who miss this deadline may be considered for temporary memberships but this is entirely at the discretion of the Committee.

The steps to become a member

  1. Step 1 in the process is to contact the Club Secretary so we can arrange for you to meet a member of our committee informally. This is to allow us to explain the nature of our Club and for you to let us know what your aims are in joining. We are a small Club with limited facilities and want to be sure from the outset there are no misconceptions on either side. We are looking for people who want to join a Club in which they become fully involved, not those who just want access to a water sports activity centre or a particular event during the season.
  2. Assuming you decide to apply, the next step is to submit the Club application form to the Club Secretary. You can download a copy here and complete it on line. As explained above, this Form must reach us by mid-November (this year that means November 12) in the year preceding the January when you wish to join. You use this Form to tell us about who will be part of your membership, your anticipated boat storage requests, etc. You can fill in, sign and submit the Form digitally or print it out and email it to us.
  3. The Committee will consider all applications received at its end of the year meeting and take its decision on each bearing in mind the capacity remaining at the Club for the season ahead. We hope to be able to let all applicants know the result before the end of December.

It is the Club's policy to charge new full memberships a one-off Joining Fee (set at twice the annual subscription) in addition to the normal annual subscription. Given the relatively high fixed costs of running the Club we are looking for a commitment from those joining rather than a membership you can drop in and out of each year.

The Membership Application Form contains more information on the types of membership available and includes the current rates for subscriptions, boat storage plaques, etc. To become a member you will need to sign on to our Membership Conditions.

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Last updated 08:45 on 22 October 2021

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