Frequent Questions
How do I join the Club?
Use this web site and the Membership link. You can join on line (preferred option) or  download the Membership Form and pay via BACS, Cheque, Cash or Credit Card.  You are very welcome to visit the club and chat with the Secretary about anything from, sailing, fishing, racing, moorings, boat storage and also joining as a social member.
I do not have a boat,  can I still join the club ?
Of course,  there is an active social scene with Quiz nights, Friday Supper evenings, Sunday Lunches and many other functions. The bar is open every Friday evening and Sunday lunch time and also 2 hours after each race.
How do I get past the Barrier ?
Just press the button and we can let you in, there is always someone there during working hours.  Once you are a member you can buy a swipe card for £10 and it lets you in whenever you wish.
Do you offer Training ?
Yes we run Power Boat courses, Safety Boat courses, Dinghy Sailing courses, RYA sailing for young and old and Yachting theory & Radio courses.  Just ask the Club Secretary, Barry.
Can I visit the Club whilst I am on holiday in Instow ?
Yes visiting sailors are very welcome and we can sign you in as a temporary member.  You can store your boat and use the facilities.
Do you have a Boat we could borrow ?
Yes the club has a range of boats which are available for members to borrow.  We have Fevas, Lasers, Wayfarers and Sport 14s.  We just ask that you are qualified and know what you are doing.  See the Club Boats tag.
I am only interested in Fishing, can I still join the club ?
The club is not just about sailing.  There is an active Motorboat fleet where leisure boating, fishing, water skiing and simply enjoying the estuary is on offer.  With Bideford, Barnstaple, Clovelly and Lundy Island all in reach plus the sands of Crow Point and Instow Beach there is ample opportunity to enjoy both day boating and overnight stays.
I hear the tides are extreme and the Bideford Bar very dangerous for beginners.
Any on water activity has its risks but with a sensible approach and a good understanding of the conditions then our area is quite safe.  The best way forward for beginners is to attend one of our Sailing or Power Boat courses.  This will offer a very good introduction to the area and will give an appreciation of our tides, weather and the type of boats suitable for the estuary.
Can I keep my Boat at Instow ?
Instow Marine Services manage the moorings in the estuary (07855 310151).  On joining the club you may keep your tender and outboard engine in our secure storage area and launch using the slipway.  We also offer winter storage for your boat and equipment.