'Overwhelming' demand for sailing club 100km from sea
A new yacht club that has caused a stir by attracting more than 100 members when it is 100km from the coast will hold it’s first meeting this month.
The newly-formed Chipping Norton Yacht Club
will meet for the first time on Wednesday January 30 at the town’s golf
The land-locked Oxfordshire town seems an unlikely candidate for a yacht
club but acting club Commodore, Trevor Taylor, said he had been ‘delighted’ by the warm response.
He said: ‘We have had an overwhelming number of enquiries which just goes to show that
although we are more than one hundred miles inland there are many people locally
with a keen interest in boats and the sea.
‘People who join the club by the inaugural
meeting will benefit from a special ‘founder member’ discount.
‘Annual membership fee for those joining
before the inaugural meeting will be £30 for individuals and £50 for a couple – considerably less than fees charged by many other yacht clubs.’
He added: ‘The club welcomes everyone interested in
boats and the sea, power as well as sail, and not just those who own a
‘We aim to make the club an
essential port of call for everyone in the Cotswolds with an interest in
The first meeting will take place from 7pm and a special inaugural dinner will follow a short
welcome and introduction.
The club will meet at the Chipping Norton Golf Club,
London Road, Chipping Norton on Wednesdays at the end of each month.