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

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

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.