Join Orford Sailing Club

The sailing club has over 270 subscribing members (about 580 people in all). Its premises are a purpose-built Clubhouse, containing a clubroom with kitchen, changing rooms, showers and a race officers’ bridge. The dinghy park fronts onto the river, with a concrete ramp giving access at all states of the tide and there is a pontoon which dries out at low water. Locked storage for oars, outboard motors and petrol is available. There is also supplementary storage for some yacht tenders in a covered (but flooding!) shed on the quay. The club has no moorings available itself; application should be made to the New Orford Town Trust.

12 Reasons to Join Orford Sailing Club

  • 16 miles of navigable river in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Dinghy park with all-tide launching
  • All ages welcome – from young children to elderly yachtsmen
  • Run by volunteers – keeps everyone in touch and subscriptions low
  • Activities for dinghies, dayboats, and sailing cruisers
  • RYA Onboard Centre – taster sessions for newcomers
  • RYA Training Centre – regular courses to learn sailing and advance sailing skills
  • Race training courses and race coaching
  • Club owns and lends 10 dinghies – Toppers & Fevas
  • River cruising and picnics for dinghies and yachts
  • 5 miles from the sea, with easy access to the Deben, Orwell and Thames Estuary
  • Social programme – formal and informal

Membership Subscription & Admin Fees 2024

Apply for membership

Membership Category


+ New Joining Fee
(New Members only)







(Including children under 18 or in full time education)



Young Person
(Former family members out of full time education 18-25)



(Under 18)



Friend / Social



Apply for membership

To apply for membership, please email

Temporary membership

Temporary membership is £40 per week or £67.50 for double/family and £6 per child of 10 and over-plus dinghy park at 20% annual rate

Dinghy Park Charges

Dinghy park charges apply for the period 31st March to 30th November only.  Please find the link below for the Dinghy Park form – charges are noted on the form.

Boats over 7ft wide pay 1.5 times the normal fee. There is no charge for storage of outboard motors and oars in the shed on the dinghy park.

Car Park

The car park near the clubhouse is operated by the New Orford Town Trust. Members can obtain an annual parking sticker from the Hon Secretary: the charge is £7.00 pa. Daily parking tickets are also available from the ticket machine in the car park. Orford residents can obtain a free parking permit from the Trust office in the Town Hall.