Urgent Response to Storm Damage

Immediate next steps – 4th Oct 09:30

Sunday 4th first post storm sort out.

We need some help moving stones and some boats tomorrow. 0930 for a hour or so. Bring gloves and wet weather gear as raining again!!!

Following that – the plan

Further to the extensive damage to beach and boat park caused by the storm of last Thursday/Friday, there are a number of steps we have to take before any boats can return to the beach area.. There are 100s of tons of stone on the north end of the beach and under racks. The stone will need to be moved by JCB then by hand from under the racks.

To get the JCB to the beach we need help to get access so over the next 4-5 days. We need to clear a path.

  1. Mark Groome will use our digger to clear the main slipway of rocks etc. The rocks on the cat berthing area will need to be moved by hand down the beach or put in the diggers bucket.
  2. Cat owners and helpers can then repair cat berthing areas and move cats into berths were possible.
  3. While this is being done it would be helpful if anyone can remove their boat from the car park or start parking them so a JCB can get through. The picos and any rackable boats could be put in the rack behind the club house to get them out of the way.
  4. When there is a path through to front of the club house. If you can get to your boat and take it away that would be great.
  5. I will post beach rock move tasks and clean up times later but hope to have work parties on 10th and 11th October to get the final tasks completed Thanks again for getting all the boats off the beach.

Mike Cemm
Berthing Officer, Swanage Sailing Club 
3 October 2020

Volunteers needed for Sunday 13th and future weeks

We still need volunteers on Sunday 13th to help in the bar and galley at lunchtime, as well as safety boat volunteers for the 11am race, (prep starts at 9.30am). We can’t operate without volunteers, more on that here.

If you can, add yourself on the Google Sheets form (you’ll need to login), or message webmaster@swanagesailingclub.org.uk and I’ll sign up for you.

We also need volunteers for future weeks too.

Saturday 12 September – Cruise to South Bay, Studland – CANCELLED

The final club cruise of the season is planned for Saturday 12 September. (Sorry to say that Covid 19 measures have meant that this is also only the second cruise.) Participants should meet at the Club at 10:30 for a 10:50 briefing and 11:00 launch.  This is a picnic event and everyone should bring a packed lunch to enjoy on the beach.

Read moreSaturday 12 September – Cruise to South Bay, Studland – CANCELLED

Charity Bike Ride, Support Needed.

SSC member Wendy Bobbit’s brother in law and nephew, Nick and Luke, are taking part in a charity bike ride to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The MNDA is the charity that will be supporting Graham and Wendy through their battle and it also funds research to find a cure for this cruel fatal disease.

Their epic 3447 mile challenge ends at the sailing club gate in the afternoon of Sunday 23rd August after covering a final leg of 125 miles.

If you are would like to support them in their efforts to raise funds for this cause or welcome them in to Swanage please take a look at their Justgiving page through the link attached.

Thank you all



New Clubhouse Entry System

Please be aware the card based entry system has been replaced. Entry is now by a proximity fob. These will not be sent out but only available when you next visit the club. Greg Vaughn will be at the club quite a lot including this Sunday 15th August if you want a fob programmed for you. If you have a problem such as emergency getting in contact Greg Vaughn or Mike Cemm for help.

Contact on in the Facebook group is easiest or mail webmaster@swanagesailingclub.org.uk and I can put you in touch.

Cup Races – Sunday 16th and 23rd August

There will be a Cup Race on Sunday 16th August for Handicap Fleet Boats and Lasers, at 1100. We are hopeful that Dart 18 volunteers will provide the basis of the Safety Cover for this race. If there are 4 or more Laser entries, there will be a separate Cup for Lasers. Mike Cemm will be the Team Leader.

On Sunday 23rd August there will be a Cup Race for Dart 18s, at 1100. It is hoped that volunteers from the other fleets will provide the Safety Cover. Adrian Whaley will be the Team Leader.

Dependent on the outcome of these races, we would like to continue regular racing on Sunday mornings for the remainder of the season.