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 Power Boat Level 2 courses 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.


Racing at Lancing Sailing Club

CMYC has a long tradition of racing on the sea though this has been in decline in recent years. It remains in our calendar however and we have two dates this year when we can join in with our friends from Lancing SC for a different and exhilarating type of sailing. Toppers and Lasers will be especially welcome as Lancing has fleets of both but do come along whatever you sail. It is a very friendly and well organised club with good shoreside facilities. You will meet new sailing friends and should have a great day on the water.


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.


Hedgecourt Lake

Come on in the waters loverly!

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 link 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 great talks are planned for this year, keep an eye on your newsletter or read more here. Dry Meetings take place at eight pm .

The Haven Centre
Hophurst Lane
Crawley Down
West Sussex
RH10 4LJ


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.


Thursday Sailing

This is an informal event for anyone who is available during the day on Thursdays. Experiment with your rigging, perhaps pick up tips from others and have an enjoyable sail around Hedgecourt. Thursday Sailing is above all an opportunity to enjoy Hedgecourt in company when it is not being used for organised racing.


What’s Happening at CMYC

Apr 29, 2019 |
Juniors, Racing,  |

Crawley Mariners – Topper Open meeting 21st April 2019

Arriving at Hedgecourtlake at 8:20 I was surprised but pleased to find Alan Carlile, David Fisher and Harry Warnett preparing power boats and the galley being prepared by Alison Larkin and Lorraine Gatton. Terry Gatton was setting up ready to cook bacon butties. Not so pleasing was to see the mirror surface to the lake. There was little point in considering delaying racing as the forecast was for an uninspiring 6mph all day, better than the 4mph predicted the day before. As the morning progressed some ripples appeared and spirits lifted.

Apr 29, 2019 |
General, Juniors,  |

With a weather forecast of 20+mph gusting 40+mph and the potential of no sailing many decided to not come, thank you to all those who responded to my email, it made it easier to manage the day. As you can see from the photo Nick managed to entertain the Oppie sailors who turned up, they did also venture on to the water for some paddling, towing and bin bag sailing.

Apr 9, 2019 |
General, Social,  |

It was, as advertised, a lovely spring stroll – the weather was a bonus, with warm sunshine and little wind. There were six Mariners plus five more made up of friends and relations – a convivial small group with compatible walking pace which is always helpful for the leader.