About Us

What We Do
The river is here for all - come and enjoy it!

Whether you're new to sailing or an 'old hand', Minima Yacht Club is the place for you.

We have Club Members willing to help and give advice on every aspect from buying or repairing a craft – to crewing and guidance on formal training. The Clubhouse has changing rooms with showers and toilets and a licensed bar open to Members at weekends and on Wednesday evenings.

Minima Yacht Club is a few minutes' walk from the centre of Kingston – close to The Guildhall and Rose Theatre at 48a High Street. The riverside of the Club (between The Ram and the Tapas Bar) fronts onto a jetty from which Members are ferried by one of our two launches to the dinghy and canoe park on the west side of the river.  

Single and duo club boats, canoes or kayaks are available for hire to those members wanting to take part in organised activities. Safety is of paramount concern and a motor launch is always on standby during racing. For those looking to canoe or kayak on their own, take a look at the Canoe Section FAQ for more information.

The Club has a very active social membership with regular parties, dinners and events – including DIY BBQ’s on the large river-view patio deck.  Trips by water to riverside pubs are a regular feature – or stay in the bar enjoying darts, bar billiards. 

Dinghy sailing and canoeing provide exercise, fresh air and a chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with the wild life living on the river. Both are sports the whole family can enjoy together – or come along and make new friends.

Also take a look here at some of the areas in which we are helping with the local community: Community Work

Membership
Becoming a member is easy.

To download an application form just click here: Application Form

Membership Costs for 2014 are:
  • Single Membership (over 25) = £151
  • Single Membership (18-25) = £86
  • Junior Membership (under 18) = £57
  • Family Membership = £202
  • Single Social Membership = £86
  • Family Social Membership = £116
  • Country Membership = £86
(Plus a £10 One-off Joining fee in the first year)

If you have your own craft which you would like to use, there is an additional Sailing Fee:
  • Dinghy = £174
  • Dinghy (for Juniors) = £60
  • Kayak / Canoe = £60
  • (Then 50% off the above for a second craft)
For PDF copies of the Club Rules and Fees, just follow these links: Club Rules / Fees

If you have any questions at all regarding membership, please don't hesitate to contact us at: membership@minimayc.co.uk

History
Minima Yacht Club, now in its 121st  year, first raced in the summer of 1889 on the Hamble River. In the early days there were several Divisions of the Club, most being on the coast. In 1930 the Surbiton Division of Minima moved from the Sun Hotel to the garden of Nuttalls Restaurant, recently Millets.

During the Second World War racing continued from temporary quarters in Thames Sailing Club and Minima gave sailing instructions to R.A.F. pilots to enable them to handle their survival dinghies. Normal activities resumed in 1946.

Contributing to the beginning of the post-war boom in dinghy racing, Minima was the first Thames club to sponsor the Yachting World Cadet Class. The Club expanded considerably and members had successes in inland and coastal event.

During the 1960s uncertainty arising from the Kingston redevelopment plans eventually forced another move and the lease was secured of Nielson's former sail loft and store. These premises were converted into a fine new clubhouse by the members and, together with the large boat compound in Home Park on the Middlesex bank, now afford first-class dinghy racing facilities.

For more information of the club's history, check out this document, which was produced in 1989 to celebrate the club's centenary:
Subpages (1): Community Work