I joined the Albany twelve years ago. At first I was a little apprehensive as I was on my own and most people had partners, however the members made me welcome and they are now some of my closest friends. There is a mutual support system within the club that works well in terms of resolving technical issues with vessels and advising where to obtain the best prices and service. When cruising together, members are always there to take ropes, give advice or even help effect repairs if anyone has any difficulties. All the events that we participate in are open and not stifling-if you wish to join in or leave early because of your own schedule, that is perfectly ok and no-one takes offence. We have qualified trainers to help you with boat handing and obtain RYA qualifications, mandatory if you wish to cruise abroad. Boat clubs are not necessarily to everyone's taste but I would strongly advise anyone to come along and meet the members. A trial period is free for you to get to know us - you lose nothing even if you feel our club is not for you. Come and chat about your needs, you’ll find us very friendly.
After buying our first 'big boat' (we'd previously had a Narrow boat) we thought that being a member of a club would prove to be useful - and it has! An Albany member invited us to attend a club meeting without any obligation. After just two attendances we became aware of the many advantages; cruising in company (a particular interest for us as we intended to go to sea); wealth of knowledge; network of boating contacts; and a calendar of varied but optional boating events to name but a few. the club is very informal, we don't go in for the full Blazer and tie approach of some more tradditional clubs, it's just a great group of people enjoying their boats and we have made some very dear friends.
We thoroughly enjoy the engagement and friendly banter - nothing formal, just good fun, and the odd social or two! Boating is fun, but with a group of like-minded folk it can be so much more.
AMYC taught us much about boating. With them we first went tidal and within a couple of years we went up the East Coast and discovered the joys, and added safety, of cruising in a group. Since then we have done many trips into London and up the East Coast again.
We joined AMYC in the middle of 2012 to meet new friends and to get more adventurous in our boating activities. All club members were very friendly and welcoming from the start and we quickly stopped feeling like newcomers. The organised events are enthusiastically supported and the club does an excellent job in keeping members together during the winter months. We now look forward to the exciting events planned for 2013. The club goes about its activities in an informally efficient manner without the type of boating snobbery that we were slightly wary of before joining. We have also benefited from the club's buying power with local suppliers and boating contacts, having saved on winterisation charges with a very efficient local provider - a significant contribution towards the club's modest membership fees.
Overall we are delighted that we joined AMYC and look forward to many more years of boating pleasure with a great bunch of people.