Founded in 1949 when dinghy sailing was very much in its infancy. We are located in Deal, on the East Kent coast, just North of Dover and get our name from the historic safe anchorage known as The Downs, protected to the East by the infamous Goodwin Sands where historically ships would wait for favourable winds to continue their passage.
Downs offers an extremely friendly, inclusive, family atmosphere providing a safe and fun environment in which to develop your sailing skills. You can join the club as a non-sailing social member, individual or family, with or without owning a boat and make loads of friends.
The Clubhouse offers a large clubroom with bar, kitchen and training room. We have modern changing rooms with showers and facilities for the disabled.
We have an extremely active membership with no paid staff and a club which is run for and by the members. Safety boats, race officers are staffed on a rota basis by members, with training available for all roles.
We welcome applications from families, couples and individuals. However before you start filling out forms come down to the Club when there is sailing organised. This is on, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday evenings May to August or Sunday mornings April to December to see what is going on and meet some of the members.
Then complete the application form, sign it, and send it to the Membership Secretary.
Your application will be submitted to the Executive Committee, which meets monthly, for approval.
We hope to see you out on the water soon!