Hornet Sailing Club

Hornet Sailing Club

Club Information

The club provides itself on the objective of providing affordable sailing. Founded in 1964, Membership today includes personnel of all three Armed Forces, their veterans and the MOD Civil Service, who are members of the Royal Naval, Army or RAF Sailing Associations.

The marina is situated close to Portsmouth Harbour, therefore Hornet members benefit from berthing in the sheltered waters of the Solent. Sharing a site that is leased from the Ministry of Defence, the Club is particularly secure for both berthing boats and for car parking. This lease effectively imposes constraints on those who can become members.

The clubhouse was originally the wardroom for HMS Hornet during WWII. HMS Hornet was one of the key bases supporting the Royal Navy’s Coastal Forces from 1940 until the defence cuts of 1956 when it was determined that Coastal Forces were no longer required and it was de-commissioned. The clubhouse has been refurbished over the years. The Galley has been refitted to a modern standard and the outer fabric of the building repaired. The clubhouse provides a friendly meeting place for all those using HSSC. Members of the Armed Forces and the Reserves, sailing in Hornet-based or visiting boats and those attending JSASTC courses are most welcome.

The club has shower facilities and library and a bar and restaurant. The bar and restaurant are open most days and the opening times are shown opposite. The club runs formal and informal social events throughout the year. In addition to the scheduled programme, the bar, restaurant and other clubrooms can be booked for private functions. There is also a lawn and patio area for BBQs.

The Club is non-profit-making and aims to provide affordable berthing and support for members and for privately funded yachts that are the property of Service Units and Sailing Associations. There are some 230 berths available, and large areas ashore for short and long term lift out. Berth holders, should live or work in the vicinity of Portsmouth, although serving Armed Forces personnel are exempt.

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