From the Sailing Club’s Management Committee:
Swanage Sailing Club has worked hard in recent years to increase its membership and engagement with our local community. We have made real progress in encouraging local schools, scouts and young families to take up sailing. We pride our hard-won designation as an officially recognised sailing training centre and must strive to maintain this status as we emerge from lockdown.
The club is very keen to resume its normally busy and inclusive sailing programme but is obviously still seriously limited by the Covid-19 restrictions imposed by Government and guidance from the Royal Yachting Association and the RNLI.
Just like other sports organisation, the club has to adapt to function safely in the present circumstances. Despite the obvious health benefits of sailing in the bay in good clean air there are still risks to do with social distancing and contact with boats and other club equipment.
The club has followed best practice guidance and produced new, hopefully temporary rules and notices to its members and non-members who may come to the immediate area. These are designed to control the environment for members of the club using the beach and, in particular, to make it safe for those rigging, launching and retrieving boats and also to safeguard members of the public who may stray into the club’s operational areas.
With the recent warm weather and the new limitations on our sailing activities, the club’s private part of the beach, which extends to the mean low water mark, has been used even more by non-members and sadly there has been some evidence of attempted damage to club boats and dogs being out of reasonable control. The club has its own guidance for members with dogs to encourage their dog’s firm control and this needs to be respected by others.
And so Swanage Sailing Club must now re-emphasise that it does not allow the use of its private beach at Buck Shore by non-members or any dogs that are not firmly controlled. There is strictly no public access to the car park, clubhouse or boat park as the signs make clear.
The club has had both positive and negative feedback about these new restrictions. This is understandable as Buck Shore can still be a haven of peace when the town’s other beaches are busy and with strict rules being applied there for dogs.
We will reduce the number of any new signs as soon as it is judged safe to do so.
SSC still warmly welcomes all applications to join us to add to our membership and our shared enjoyment of sailing, our clubhouse and Buck Shore. Please visit our website for further information swanagesailingclub.org.uk.