Minima Yacht Club
Sailing races at Minima Yacht Club are organised on Sunday afternoons, and Saturday and Wednesday evenings in the summer. In contrast, canoeing at the Club is purely recreational and no competitive events are organised. Informal paddling groups go out on Sunday afternoon and Wednesday evenings, and all day 'Canoe Adventures', which normally include lunch in a riverside pub take place approximately once a month.
Although the club has a number of sailing dinghies and kayaks which are free for members to use in their first year of membership, members are encouraged to buy their own boat to sail or paddle in the longer term. Club members and class captains are happy to discuss and advise new members on which boat to purchase, particularly over a drink in the bar. The third string to the Minima bow is the Social side. We have a bar in the upstairs clubroom which is open on Wednesday and Sunday evenings throughout the year. In addition to this there are a variety of social events including our splendid Regatta BBQ (with live jazz band), international themed nights and even a live theatre night. Our balcony overlooking the river catches the afternoon sun to perfection and if you have family who do not sail or paddle they can wait for you in comfort after visiting the Kingston shops!
The club is run by the members for the members and after your first year you will be expected to 'do your duty' This may be driving the launches (known as bosun duty) running the races, club maintenance, help on the bar or with teas. Training sessions are held at the beginning of the year and no one is pressured to do any thing they are uncomfortable about.