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Reading Offshore Sailing Club welcomes you!

Reading and the surrounding area's own RYA-affiliated club and RYA training centre for people interested in sailing and motor yachts

The Reading Offshore Sailing Club (ROSC) is the inland club for the offshore sailor. It is RYA affiliated and an RYA training centre. Our club is for people resident in and around the Reading area who are interested in sailing or motor yachts.

Our membership is made up of those who have yachts, whether based in and around the Solent area or further afield, others without boats who would like to crew, and those simply interested in learning more about sailing.

In the sailing season we have regular rallies. These are usually to venues along the South Coast, but have also included destinations in other parts of the UK and in the Med.

In winter we have monthly meetings, at the Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club (UTMYC).

We welcome you to explore our site and find out more about Reading Offshore Sailing Club and all that we have to offer.

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A spring update from our Commodore

Jackie Bignell says:

It's been almost 6 months now since I took over as Commodore of the club – halfway through my year. The committee and many club members have been very busy in putting together the programme for 2024. This is now complete except for finalising the exact date and venue for the annual post Christmas walk and lunch. We shall then start organising 2025!

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The RYA is putting additional requirements in place for all affiliated clubs and so the committee is currently working on our safeguarding policy, which will now be needed.
 

We have already had 3 months of excellent talks at the monthly meetings. Unfortunately January was cancelled due to the flooding in Sonning. They have each been about boats and their interesting histories – namely Tenacious, Vasa and Yavari, all very different vessels. Our next meeting on Monday 13th May is about ‘Sailing Mishaps' – I guess we've all been there and it's fun to listen to others' experiences and realise we are not alone!

We are now at the time of year when our venue comes into its own. We are lucky to be able to use the Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club premises right on the waterside in Sonning, which is such a delightful spot now the lighter evenings are here. I do hope as many of you as are able will join us there in May and beyond, to socialise with like-minded folk, sharing your sailing experiences while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.


In addition to the monthly gatherings and talks, we look forward to our Spring Rally in East Cowes 18th & 19th May, the summer BBQ on 2nd September, an autumn rally on the South coast on 7th & 8th September, and a trip to Portsmouth dockyard on 28th September. Our Laying Up Supper will be in November this year, as will our AGM. We shall follow recent years in holding the supper again in Sonning and catering in-house. This is the opportunity for all members to contribute and share in the preparation, catering and clearing for this great annual club event. The final event before Christmas is our December social. Last year it was slot car racing, this year go-karting. 
 

Plenty to do in the club in addition to your sailing, throughout the year. Spread the word. Introduce your contacts, colleagues, friends and relatives - let's not be Reading's best kept secret!

Why join?

Benefits of membership

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RYA affiliated

We are the only offshore club in Reading affiliated with the RYA

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Training opportunities

Special rates for members in the club’s own RYA affiliated training centre

Female Presenter

Regular talks

From experts on a range of nautical subjects

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Programme of rallies

Taking place in the UK (Solent and elsewhere) and wider-afield

Yacht Deck

Occasional charters

Members who don't have boats either charter together or join other members on their boats

Eating at the Bar

Social events

A broad selection of social events

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Like-minded people

Meet like-minded people from different backgrounds to share sailing experiences

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Discounted yachts

We've partnered up with Hamble Point Yacht Charters to offer club members an exclusive 10% discount. More detail here.

Interested in joining?

Membership fees

for the period 1 January to 31 December

Individual membership

£37.50 per year

(or £41 if not paid by 31 January)

Family membership

£50.00 per year

(or £55 if not paid by 31 January)

Associate/Country membership

£15.50

(or £17 if not paid by 31 January)

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