SPEEDBIRD OFFSHORE YACHT CLUB
Speedbird Offshore Yacht Club (SOYC) is a dynamic and fun club open to both BA and non-BA members. It is all about enjoyable, safe and competitively priced sailing.
About The Club
SOYC evolved from the London Club's yacht section that was orignally formed in 1965. Today it is a company limited by guarantee, run by the members for the members, of which there are some 250 from all backgrounds and of all ages.
The club owns two yachts - 'Speedbird' an Oceanis 37 bought in 2011, and 'Concorde', a 36 foot Bavaria purchased in 2003. Both are extremely comfortable cruising yachts coded to Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) safety standards.
They can take between 6 and 8 people and are ideal for the wide range of sailing undertaken by the club which varies from simple day trips through to skilled training and ocean sailing. The yachts are maintained to the highest standards and are moored at Mercury Yacht Harbour, Hamble near Southampton - about an hour's drive from Heathrow.
Who can join?
Membership is open to all British Airways current and retired staff (including subsidiaries) and their families. The are also a number of additional places for those that have no links to BA.
What experience do I need?
Absolutely none! The club welcomes all levels and all abilities - all you need is a sense of adventure and the willingness to give it a try. In fact, if you haven't any experience then great - we've managed to introduce someone else to the world of sailing!
What can I do with the club?
A typical month's sailing programme will include day sailing with lunch on board, or perhaps at one of the many waterside hostelries on the Solent, Weymouth, Poole or Chichester. There are also regular longer trips further West or even cross-channel to France and the Channel Isles.
Each summer one boat will undertake a long cruise. Recent destinations include Brittany, Normandy, The Scillies, and the West Country. While one boat is away cruising, the other will still be kept primarily for day sailing, to give our working members the opportunity to get on the water on their days off.
We also arrange a variety of social events to give members a chance to re-live their adventures and meet new friends.
A significant part of the club is training. Many members find the club a great place to learn new skills. That's why throughout the year we offer an extensive program of RYA training courses and Improve Your Skills day to develop your sailing career.
SOYC is part of BA Clubs so you automatically become entitled to a variety of benefits that come with BA Clubs membership. The monthly member's lottery and the Altitude rewards programmes for example.
Want to give it a go?
If you want to 'give it a try' and come sailing with the Club for a day, we would love to welcome you onboard. Simply drop our bookings secretary a note to set a date by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to find out more information about the SOYC, then please visit our website at www.soyc.co.uk.