Welcome to the Motor section of Chichester Yacht Club

Everyone is Welcome

Our CYC Motor Section provides opportunities and enjoyment for the wide range of experience that our members’ bring to our activities.

Our section includes those who are newcomers to the water, those who are developing their experience and knowledge, and our capable mariners who are enjoying and sharing all the freedoms and achievements that life on the water has to offer. We seek out and offer interactions and activities that supports the ability of each of our members, including social gatherings, an annual planned cruising programme with both local and distant destinations, training and learning opportunities, technical knowledge interchange, and increasingly, a series of popular pop-up cruising opportunities, often at short notice, which take advantage of members availability, weather, and experience.

Cruising in Company    Our planned cruising programme is the popular series of events, published and advertised annually, which are pre-booked by the club and take our members to destinations both locally, and further afield. Members can choose to sail as a social group, or individual boats, knowing that familiar faces will gather at the end of the voyage to discover new destinations, or revisit favourite locations. Cruising in company can provide group security and learning opportunities, or the lonesome pleasure of fetching up at the end of the voyage to be part of a familiar fleet.

New friends, new capabilities, new knowledge is forged in the friendly environment of Cruising in Company. The programme runs in line with the season, mostly April to October, but calendars frequently include earlier and later forays to enjoy quieter waters or particular visiting opportunities. Destinations are chosen east and west along the south coast, the harbours of the Solent, the Isle of Wight, the French coast, the Channel Islands and the West Country.

Our aim is memorable fun – have you been in a dinghy, pushed up a river by the tide, where no sea-going boat can venture, and pushed out to sea again on the ebb? Our members have

Sharing Knowledge -Increasing confidence  is a well-practised ambition within the Motor Section; sharing opportunities and experiences by encouraging our sailors to participate in events which increase their knowledge and capability. This is not formal training, this is sowing the seed that formal qualifications can fulfil. Cruising in other members’ boats the absorption method of experiencing boat-handling techniques, navigation, coping with weather and sea conditions, all of which advance the enjoyment and confidence of our chosen activity. Our members are able to formalise their learning and prove their competence with a selection of professional RYA approved courses, both in-house and with our local partner organisations.


The Motor Section has a long-established “First Friday” informal meeting schedule where members meet for dinner at the club on the first Friday of each month.  Conversation is optional, friendship is essential. Our section members are of course enthusiastic participants in the club-wide programme of social events which are published and advertised.

For the real experience, come visit us at the club-house, where you will be most welcome.