• Racing in the Solent
  • Inshore racing at its best
  • Sigma 38 going downwind
  • Racing with CSORC in the 1980s
  • Cheating the tide at Hurst
  • Practising spinnaker trim
  • Inshore racing in the Inter Departmental Offshore Regatta
  • Blue Juice in the Myth Of Malham
  • Merlin off to St Peter Port

About the club

The club offers sailing and racing opportunities for all, from complete beginners who want to try a day sail in the Solent, to experienced sailors looking for competitive yacht racing. Throughout the season we enter a variety of racing events:

  • Inshore races in the Solent;
  • Coastal JOG races;
  • Offshore RORC and JOG races to France and the Channel Islands;
  • Campaigns, such as the Fastnet.

The emphasis is on having fun, with a friendly atmosphere, but there is also the opportunity to gain experience and racing skills, and to progress to skippering. There is no minimum level of experience to sail with the club. For details of membership and eligibility click on the Membership at the top of the page or download a crew bureau form here, or email the crew bureau.

A division of the Civil Service Sailing Association - Civil Service Sports & Leisure.

NEWS Last updated 26th Feb 2020.

Upcoming Events We have a place available on each of the early Sunsail Race weekends, and three places on the cross-Channel JOG race to St Vaast. Check out the Programme page and get in touch with the crew bureau if you'd like to join in.

Practice Weekend 22nd-23rd Feb Despite an almost unheard-of run of weekends which coincided with named storms (Ciara then Dennis) we did manage to get out for this weekend. We chartered Volunteer, a 40.7 belonging to the RNVRYC and were able to get a few hours sailing, mostly in Southampton Water, on the Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The winds stayed mostly in the high 20s so practice was mostly about reefing, but it was great to get out and have the Solent not quite to ourselves but with only the ferries and a very few stalwart yachts out.

Welcome to the New Season A happy new year to everybody from your webmaster and the CSORC committee. This year looks like being a good one for the club with a promising programme and some new possibilities. For more about the programme of events please read on ...

Programme for 2020 We now have a programme for next season which you can see by clicking on the Programme menu item above. At the time of writing we have one place on the Caribbean 600 in February while, back in home waters we kick off with a practice weekend in February. For this we have chartered a Beneteau First 40.7. This is a fine opportunity to sharpen up your kite-flying skillz in readiness for the coming season. The first racing events are Sunsail race weekends. Sunsail have a new fleet of boats so it will be a chance to find out what these are like. Later in the season we have more Sunsail events, the IDOR, when we hope to enter two boats as we did in 2019, and the JOG to the lovely port of St Vaast. There may yet be more offshore races details of which have yet to be firmed up. Get in touch with the crew bureau to discuss options, but be quick as some events are proving popular.

CSORC AGM 2020 The CSORC AGM will be held in April at the Civil Service Club, London, following on from the CSSA AGM at around 20:00. We will discuss events for the year and elect officers. If you would like to be involved with the club then please come along (or contact one of the committee by email beforehand). All are invited to attend. There will be a buffet after the CSSA meeting and before the CSORC meeting.

CSORC Facebook Group. If you are a facebook member CSORC has a Facebook Group. When you join you can join discussions and post pictures. (There are also CSD and IDOR groups).