Social Volunteering

Dear SSC members,

As Swanage Sailing Club members we enjoy our sailing, but also are a community where friendship goes well beyond the excitement of the wind and water.

In these difficult corona virus days some of our members may find themselves in situations where they need a little help to cope and at these moments will often feel happier to turn to friends rather than to anonymous strangers. At the same time there are, I am sure, SSC members who would be happy to help if they knew that such needs existed.

With the agreement of our Commodore and the Management Committee I propose the formation of a group of volunteers from the Club and link them to needs of other members notified to me.

Stage 1

To begin this process I am asking for members who would like to take part as volunteers to contact me by email at

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old as they will have to take full responsibility for their own health and safety while responding to a call for help.

The volunteer group will be managed through a WhatsApp Group so they will need to have access to this service on their phones. On receipt of a request for help I will send a WhatsApp message to the group and the first person to send an affirmative reply will take responsibility for the task.

As when we sail, individuals must take responsibility for their own safety, maintaining social distance and not entering into any situation which they feel to be dangerous or with which they feel uncomfortable. If the situation warrants it, they should contact the emergency services directly.

Stage 2

Once 10 people are on the list as volunteers (to ensure a good coverage) I will have a second message circulated informing members of the various ways they can contact me with requests for assistance.

Tony Land

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

Opener Supper 14th March 2020

We are limiting this to 50 members.
Please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

How to Reserve

You can only reserve tickets for this event by emailing: Hazel Cemm. Please mail and I will forward the mail to Hazel OR see her email address on the members only flyer. (link below).

The cut off date for reserving tickets is, 1800 on Tuesday 10th March.

Please notify Hazel when reserving a ticket if you have any special dietary issues.

A polite reminder from the Management Committee.
If you have reserved a ticket and subsequently can’t attend.
Please first email Hazel ASAP as there is maybe a waiting list.
If your ticket can’t be reallocated then The Management Committee will expect you to pay in full as there are expenses for each event that need to be covered.
Many thanks for your understanding on this matter.
From Management and Social Committee

View the supper menu and booking information below (log in)

Opener Supper March 2020 Menu and Booking (4 downloads)

Come and see what Swanage Sailing Club has to offer

Is this the year you and your family learn to sail, splash about in kayaks and have fun on the water? 

  • learn to sail for free – children (from age 8) on Saturday mornings, adults  (beginners and intermediates) on Tuesday evening
  • borrow a wide range of sailing boats – no need to have your own boat
  • start racing 
  • borrow kayaks and explore the bay  
  • enjoy all your friendly, local club has to offer including a members bar, Sunday roasts, social events and more!

Find out more at our Open Day, Sunday 1st March, 11am

11.00 Arrival – coffee served
11.15 Introductions
11.20 Tour of facilities  
11.45 A series of short presentations to introduce to what the club offers including:
Learn to Sail – details of our training programmes for children and adults
Hire of club boats – sailing boats and kayaks
How to become a member
12.20 Q&A
12.30 Bar opens, giving you the opportunity to meet Club members and ask further questions

Why not stay and join us for lunch too. The galley opens at 12.30 pm serving a Sunday roast or sandwiches

We look forward to seeing you!