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 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.
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 Clubs 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”.