1st Nov. beach clean and boat move cancelled

The post storm work parties have completed most of the work for boat move and beach clean.

Members with craft left at the club for winter berthing, please make sure your boats, kayaks etc are marked with your name so it can be read when berthed and most important with the forecast gales, check they are securely tied down.

The berthing team will fix the winter berthing label on all craft now left at the club. Invoices will be sent via club manager system.

Note. Sunday lunch and Bar as usual.

Winter Berthing 2020/2021

Key Dates

  • 15th October – notify Berthing Officer Mike Cemm about your intentions for winter berthing.
  • 27th October – deadline to remove boats, kayaks, SUPs, Windsurf boards.
  • 28th October – Winter Berthing invoices will be raised and are payable for boats not moved.
  • 1st November – Boat move and beach clean.

Note: Removing boats after 28th October will not result in cancellation of the invoice.

Key Contacts

It’s time to keep all our boats safe for Winter

Here’s how you can help /what you need to do

Winter storms cause waves and debris up to the clubhouse…

We need to move all the front row of boats to avoid damage.
Please, if you can, help us by taking home boats, kayaks, windsurfers and paddleboards. 
Please can you do this before October 27th.

After Boat move and beach clean on 1st Nov. We will get a contractor to build a bund to protect boats and the club from winter storms.
On a couple of occasions we have had to move all boats into the car park, so fewer boats is best!
All members with craft at the club please continue to read and take action…


It’s time to prepare the beach for winter and we need your help to do this safely and effectively.

NEW EARLIER DATE to remove craft before Beach Clean and Boat Move.

Deadline to remove boat/Kayak/Paddle board/Windsurfer: – Tuesday 27th October.

If members are unable to move their craft, they must make contact with Greg Vaughn before the deadline c/o webmaster@swanagesailingclub.org.uk

CRAFT REMAINING AT THE CLUB will be listed on Wednesday 28th October and that list will be used to create invoices that will be sent out, with instructions for payment included.
Removing boats after this date will not result in cancellation of the invoice.

THE BEACH CLEAN AND WINTER BERTHING BOAT MOVE is at 1000-1230 on Sunday 1st November 2020.

WINTER BERTHING PAYMENT is £40.00 per boat/kayak/paddleboard/windsurfer, and invoices for winter berthing will be sent via the Sailing Club Management system to be paid online.

PLEASE REMOVE all boats, kayaks, windsurfers and paddleboards not being berthed over the winter before 2300 on 27th October 2020. 

WINTER SAILING BERTHS are available for members intending to sail over the winter period. These will have best access to the slipway, so please let the Berthing Officer mike.cemm@yahoo.com know by 15th October if you require a winter sailing berth.

PLEASE WRITE your surname on boat, boat cover, kayak, paddleboard and windsurfer so it can be read when in berth or rack space, this makes the boat move team’s job much easier!

Q.   If I remove my boat after 27th October but before next season starts can I pay pro rata?
A.  No. Full rate applies
Q.  I have several kayaks/canoes on one rack – do I pay per rack or per boat?
A.  You need to pay £40-00 per craft not per rack
Q.   I have a ground berth, but have sailed fewer than 10 times in 2020, can I still have a winter berth?                   
A.   Due to COVID-19 in 2020, this rule will not be applied for winter berthing this year
Q.  I keep a boat under my catamaran – do I still have to pay for the small boat?
A.   Yes, winter berthing is payable per craft
Q.  How do I pay if I can’t pay online? 
A.  Email Greg Vaughn on gregvaughn44@hotmail.com to agree an alternative payment method
Q.  I am unable to move my craft due to COVID-19 vulnerability. What do I do?
A.  Contact the Berthing Officer before 15th October 2020 so help can be organised before the deadline     
      of 25th October. c/o webmaster@swanagesailingclub.org.uk. 07732 703033

Many thanks
Mike Cemm

Berthing Officer, Swanage Sailing Club 
3 October 2020

The New Normal. An update and request from your Rear Commodore.

I am sure Covid has had an impact on all of you and how you go about your daily lives. It has also had an impact on many aspects of how your Committees run the Sailing Club in a way that tries to get back to a new normal but recognises the importance of providing you all with a safe place to enjoy your leisure time.

As Rear Commodore I have responsibility for the clubhouse including bar and galley as well as the outside spaces excluding the beach. It is in these areas I need your support please.

Volunteers. Many of you will be aware we have now reopened the bar and the galley. New Covid procedures have been put in place to allow this and to keep both volunteers and members as safe as possible. They are both open Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Sunday lunchtime. This has been so far possible as a small group of you have kindly have provided your assistance in running the bar and galley. We have now reached the stage where we need more than just those few to help so I am putting out this request for volunteers.

If you volunteer to help in the bar you will be given full training. If you volunteer in the galley you will be guided by Steve our chef and again shown exactly what to do. Typically a session in bar or galley will last no more than 2-2.5 hours. If all members helped just once or twice a year we would have most sessions covered. If you are able to help you can volunteer either by signing on to Google sheets (link below or visit – Organised Sailing 2020 ) or if you prefer you could email or ring me on gregvaughn44@hotmail.com tel 07860 298233).  Any help will be much appreciated by me personally but also by all members enjoying usage of the club.

Log in to get the link to the spreadsheet.

Security.  Perhaps as a consequence of schools closing and adults working from home we have been seen a significant increase in petty vandalism and unacceptable behaviour from non-members trespassing on our boat park, beach and clubhouse. The Police are doing what they can and we are trying to do what we can to support them and protect ourselves.

We have upgraded out CCTV to the latest HD cameras covering the boat park, the beach and much of the clubhouse. This has already proved helpful in providing photographic evidence to the Police.

We have upgraded the door entry system by replacing the card based swipe reader with a modern proximity fob based system. The new system lets us monitor when and who enters the clubhouse and allows us to cancel any lost fobs to ensure only members have access to the club. This of course only works if members (YOU) close the door every time you enter or leave the building. The CCTV shows this is not happening so to prevent more theft and vandalism PLEASE remember to close the door EVERY time. Thanks. If you have not yet got a fob just ask next time you are at the club and one of the Committee will programme one for you. If you haven’t remembered your fob or haven’t got one yet and need entry to the building you will find a fob in the key safe. Details of combination to that are available by asking anyone on the Sailing or Management Committees.

We are hopeful that we will adapt the car park gate to be operated by the same fob but in the meantime we have to rely on the padlock. PLEASE can you close and padlock the gate EVERY time you use it to help us make the club a more secure place.

Road Trailers. Limited space has meant we have never allowed Road Trailers to be stored at club. Not withstanding that number of you have left trailers at the club and by doing so have blocked off the bike racks. More and more of you are now using bikes to get to the club so we really need the bike racks to be available. As such I have been authorised by the Management Committee to remove and dispose of all the road trailers left, without authorisation, at the club. If one is yours could you please remove it immediately or contact me telling me why you cant.

Greg Vaughn

Rear Commodore SSC 21/8/20