• 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 9th Sept 2021.

CSORC AGM 2021 The AGM will be held on Wednesday 29th September by Zoom, starting at 19:30. Email Bill Taylor to register. The relevant documents are on the business page

2021 Season Summary The return to racing this season wasn't quite as complete as we might have hoped but the Fastnet campaign with qualifying races went ahead successfully. The Fastnet itself started with conditions that were described as "brutal" by at least one experienced commentator. Merlin finished 108th in IRC overall. See the programme page for more detail. CSORC also entered two boats in a reduced IDOR fleet, and that was about it for the season. The intended Sunsail events were scuppered by a shortage of available Sunsail boats due to high demand from cruisers.

Back to Racing At last we are back to some regular racing, with two entries in the IDOR and our Fastnet campaign having already completed two qualifying races. Check the Programme page for results as well as for upcoming opportunities.

2021 Programme So much has, and hasn't, happened in the last year and at last it seems there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately the nature of our sailing - racing with crews often over 6 in number and sharing cabins - has meant that racing has been impossible and will remain so until at least Step 3 of the government roadmap, not earlier than 17th May. Fully crewed racing will have to wait until Step 4, not earlier than 21st June. There is a programme up on the programme page, so have a look and book your place with the crew bureau. First up is the IDOR, in June.

CSORC AGM Once again we shall hold the AGM via Zoom. Details to follow.

CS Sailing newletter - Jan 2021 You can while away those non-sailing hours by reading the March 2020 CS Sailing. Click here to go to the CSSA web site to download it.

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).