Welcome to the Civil Service Sailing Association



Sailing with the CSSA – a great sport for all ages enjoyed by families and individuals across the UK.

  • Yacht or dinghy
  • Racing or cruising
  • Coast or inland

Whether you’re interested in racing around an inland lake, visiting a French harbour, or challenging the elements in an offshore yacht race, the Civil Service Sailing Association (CSSA) and its clubs can help you. The key to great sailing experiences is you. Get in touch to discover the opportunities waiting for you.

The CSSA provides sailing facilities and opportunities through its member clubs at various locations around the UK, and offers training on both dinghies and yachts at a range of levels, from complete beginner to experienced.

All members of the CSSC are eligible to join the CSSA – there is no additional cost – and to take advantage of opportunities to enjoy cruising and racing in dinghies and yachts at a relaxed or more serious level.

CSSC membership is not limited to traditional Civil Service organisations: staff from organisations such as British Telecommunications, the Post Office, the NHS, Police Service and over 100 other public and former government bodies and agencies are eligible to join, and their friends and families can join through the linked membership scheme. This is a very broad community and represents the inclusive nature of the CSSC. The CSSC and CSSA are keen to appeal to a wider cross section of people to join and get involved.

For information on the CSSC, including details on membership click here.

The CSSA offers:

  • Six clubs providing dinghy, keelboat and yacht sailing
  • Three CSSA-owned yachts, purchased and maintained through charter and berth fees. Each has a full programme throughout the season and is available for members to join either as crew or (for those with relevant qualifications) skipper
  • Yacht moorings for members
  • Opportunities to take part in dinghy and yacht racing events

Check out our membership page for a summary of opportunities to participate in CSSA sailing, whether beginner or experienced and where that experience may lead you.

There are also “taster” courses advertised across our sailing clubs. Click here to discover more (CSSC sailing events).

Opportunities await you, so get in touch with our clubs and take to the water.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The Civil Service Sailing Association (CSSA) will always comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when dealing with your personal data. Details of how we hold your personal data and your rights can be found at CSSA Business