Becoming a Member

How do I join?

Full membership costs £25 per year. All K1 owners are encouraged to become members in order to support the association in its activities, from which everyone benefits.

The association is keen to encourage club sailors and others interested in supporting the K1 class to become members.  It recognises there are many who have no aspiration to sail at a national championship or higher level but for whom association membership can still be advantageous.

Membership Fee Payment

We encourage members to pay by direct debit or internet banking since it is economic for the association and ensures members renewal subscriptions are automatically collected.

Cheques are still accepted but they are costly to process and we are keen to minimise their numbers.

  • Print out an Association Membership Form, K1 Class Association Membership and send with your cheque payable to “the K1 Class Association” to David Pritchett, Treasurer, K1 Class Association, 49 Crestwood Gardens, Northampton, NN3 8TZ

  • Alternatively, you can pay by internet banking – details are on the  Association Membership Form. We look forward to welcoming you as a member.

  • When completing the direct debit section or internet banking please use your name as the reference.


Download the Membership Form below, complete and return.

What does the committee do?

Furthers the interests of your class (see below)


  1. Encourages class development at a sensible pace

  2. Works to maintain residual boat value/prices, and maintain a secondhand boat list

  3. Organises the National championships

  4. Coordinates various Open Meetings and the traveller series

  5. Publishes event guidelines to help clubs running open meetings

  6. Runs race training days

  7. Produces this website, which includes a members-only library

  8. Sends you regular emails and information

  9. Publishes a yearbook containing history, rules, details of boats built and members

  10. Allows anyone to try a K1 for free

  11. Promotes the use of handicap racing.

Who works on the committee?

See names and contact details on the committee pages. Click the button below for more info::

In more detail…

The committee of K1 Association is the management team for the membership. Committee members are voted in at the AGM, and the committee elects a Chairman from their number. Under the class rules, the committee is charged with furthering the interests of the class and governing the affairs of the class. The K1 is a National Class, which means that the RYA has ultimate responsibility for ensuring the class runs within the class rules; any changes to the rules have to be ratified by the RYA. The committee meets about 5 times each year, one of the meetings is an AGM at which long term strategy for the class is planned.

‘Furthering the interests of the class’ is interpreted to mean activities that relate to:

  1. Promotion of the class to the public with a view to – Growing the membership, Maintaining the strong profile of the class in the sailing press, Working to maintain residual boat values/ prices

  2. Keeping members informed about the Association’s activities

  3. Organising events for members

  4. Arranging the Class presence at the Dinghy Exhibition

  5. Promoting changes to the class rules that it feels will benefit the current members and help to secure the future of the class. The policy currently being pursued is to avoid any changes to the rules that could be divisive to the membership


‘Governing the affairs of the class’ is interpreted to mean:

  1. Organising the requisite General Meetings

  2. Ensuring that the Association complies with any legal requirements to which it is subject (Auditing, Data Protection etc)

  3. Setting in place financial strategies that plan for the present and the future, and ensuring that the strategies are followed. Association income is primarily from subscriptions but is enhanced significantly by revenue from sales of merchandise, advertising in class publications, and sponsorship for the National Championships. The Association plans to break even each year, but by good financial management and cost control over the years, there is a healthy balance.

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