'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.

Anyone interested in joining Britain’s newest
yacht club should visit the club website for full details www.cnyc.co.uk or email yachtbreeze@gmail.com