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About SSC


In May 1935 an historic meeting took place in a room above the Fruit and Vegetable Shop of Mr. James Day in Institute Road. From this beginning sprang Swanage Sailing Club. The Clubs aims then, as now, were to encourage the art of sailing for pleasure and competition.

The man responsible for convening this meeting and the Clubs first Commodore was Dr G. W. S. de Jersey. The winner of the first race was Mr. Llew Hardy, They raced traditional clinker built craft with no safety cover, no life jackets, no reserve bouyancy but with considerable seamanship.

The club today

The present Club whilst losing none of it's enthusiasm for traditional sailing has embraced a whole new range of craft, including Picos, Fusions, Argos, Fevas, Wayfarers, Lasers, Toppers and Darts. Swanage provides the complete spectrum of weather conditions for sailing. In the Bay there is sheltered sailing for the novice whilst to seaward, high speed action for the more experienced sailor.

There is a full sailing season with many cup races, exchange visits from other clubs, and Spring Summer and Autumn Series of races. The club also offers free training for adults and children.

The new Club House, situated on Buck Shore, Swanage was opened by the Rt. Hon Sir Edward Heath KG, MBE, MP on the 10th August 1996 and has it's own bar, galley, showers and changing rooms. The Clubs atmosphere has always been friendly, and enjoys a high proportion of Family memberships.

The social activities are an integral part of the Club's programme and during the winter and summer, includes parties, barbecues and children's water sports as well as more formal occasions.

Welcoming new members

Swanage Sailing Club offers sailing for all ages and abilities in a friendly family atmosphere, a full sailing programme and free adult and junior training. You don't even need a boat. We're always happy to welcome new members whether experienced sailors or those new to the pleasure of "messing about in boats".

Below the advert for the Last Race Supper celebrating the 25th anniversary of the new clubhouse held on 23rd October 2021

Last updated 16:21 on 12 January 2024

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