Boat Move and Beach Clean Advice

We advise members aged over 70, or with health issues, to NOT come to the Beach Clean and Boat Move, which will be at 1100 tomorrow Sunday 22nd March.

There will be a briefing from the clubhouse balcony at 1100; please observe social distancing measures, staying more than a metre apart wherever possible. We plan to bring some tea and coffee out from the Galley on trays later, in an orderly and hygienic fashion.

SSC Sailing Programme Postponed

Following RYA guidance, and in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic, Swanage Sailing Club is postponing the Sail Racing and Training Programme until the end of April. We aim to decide in early April an updated plan for the rest of the season. In the meantime members are encouraged, if well, to sail in appropriate boats and conditions, taking into account current UK Government advice about social distancing.
The Beach Clean and Boat Move is going ahead on Sunday morning 22 March at 1100, as intended, but if you have any health concerns about being near to others, or are in an “at risk” group, please do not attend. We will try to socially distance (stay more than a metre apart) as much as we can, but this may be not be possible for lifting boats, so you are advised to avoid this activity if you are over 70. The Galley and Bar will not be open for lunch.

Covid 19 / SSC Programme Update


Due to the extraordinary circumstances we all find ourselves in caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, our club’s Management Committee met on 16th March and have subsequently decided the following;

New Member’s Induction Event Saturday 21st March – Postponed until further notice as this involves a large gathering within the club premises. Alternative dates and induction methods are under consideration.

Annual Beach Clear & Boat Move – Sunday 22nd March 11am – Volunteers please! Social distancing to be maintained where possible. Do not come if you are vulnerable or concerned about health risks

Sunday Lunches – 22nd March ** NOW CANCELLED **

First and Early Scheduled Sunday and Thursday Races – under review – check website. The programme in the 2020 Yearbook is now subject to change.

Adult Training – First and Early Tuesday Evenings – structure of programme under review. Yearbook programme is subject to change.

Junior Training – First and Early Saturday Mornings – structure of programme under review. Yearbook programme is subject to change.

Informal Racing, Social Sailing and Cruising – encouraged to continue

Social Events – Early Part of Programme – under review but outdoor events more likely to go ahead. Check for club notices.

The club’s management and sailing committees hugely regret having to scale down our planned events during this unprecedented and uncertain period. We aim to keep all our members well informed by the best advice available. All other sailing clubs are facing the same situation. For our club though, it is more than ironic that we are in a growth phase for both sailing activities and numbers of new members. In times like these there can be few activities healthier than going sailing in Swanage Bay in lovely fresh air.

Howard Potter, SSC Commodore  17th March 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic

Swanage Sailing Club remains open, whilst we wish to minimise the risk of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) infection being passed on to any of our members or visitors to SSC. We should all adhere to current NHS guidance        ( Please do not visit the clubhouse if you have any new respiratory symptoms, or have been advised for any reason to self-isolate, and be careful of doing so if you have any underlying health condition which puts you at risk in the event of contracting an infection. If visiting the clubhouse please maintain good hygiene with frequent hand-washing and consider avoiding any close personal contact.
For the time being we may continue to have some small gatherings and meetings, but please do not attend if you have any health concerns about either transmitting or contracting the virus. We will review our policy on a frequent basis

Powerboat Level 2 Training

Powerboat 2 Training – SSC have 2 places available on 2 two-day weekend courses. If you would like to attend one of these two weekends (8/9 Feb or 29 Feb/1 Mar) to acquire Powerboat skills  and the PB2 qualification, which would enable you to helm a Safety Boat, for the purposes of SSC safety cover or RYA training, please contact Alan Gould on . This course is provided free to club members, in the expectation that the skills will be put to good use at Swanage Sailing Club

Bart’s Bash – drifting on a glorious day

Bart’s Bash at Swanage raised £130 for the Andrew Simpson Foundation
A big thank you to all who volunteered to help at Bart’s Bash: Adrian for organising, Doug and the Safety Team, the Beach Volunteers; Sue Barnes for registration and receiving donations, and Jenny Piesse who wasn’t needed for scoring in the end, as the wind let us down on this occasion. Thank you to all the crew of the 20 Boats who made it out to the glassy Bart’s drift, and for your generous donations, and those of others, to a very good cause. Hattie F won the sailing watch in the draw; we now expect her to be hitting the start line even more punctually. We’ll all appreciate wind more in future!

Bart’s Bash

The Series Race on Sunday 15th September at 1100 will be sailed as a single start race, and the results incorporated into the Bart’s Bash international results, as well as scoring for the autumn series. We hope to get as many sailors as possible, of all standards, participating in the race, for which there will be prizes for first place, first Junior and first Adult Trainee. There will be a briefing at 1000.

It is hoped that entrants will make a small contribution to the Andrew Simpson Foundation charity, whose fundamental ethos is to “facilitate a wider participation in sailing, and to optimise the benefits that the sport can deliver to young people and ultimately to society at large. Importantly, we seek to be as inclusive as possible by encouraging participation to children and young people from all backgrounds, and catering for a range of physical and educational abilities”. Contributing to the charity will constitute an entry into a draw for a £75 Gill sailing racing watch.