About Us

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.

Becoming a member is easy. To download an application form just click here: Application Form

Membership Fees for 2018 are:
  • Single Membership (over 25) = £160
  • Single Membership (18-25) = £90
  • Family Membership = £230*
  • Single Social Membership = £90
  • Family Social Membership = £120
  • Country Membership = £90
* £30 discount for single parent families or families with one active adult sailor paddler

(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 Fee if you want to keep it in the Dinghy Park:
  • Dinghy = £180
  • Kayak / Canoe = £60
  • (Then 50% off the above for a second craft)
If you have any questions at all regarding membership, please don't hesitate to contact us at: membership@minimayc.co.uk

Minima Yacht Club 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:
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