Welcome to the Stoke Gabriel Boating Association

..because we are more than just a Sailing Club

The name of the Club is deliberately formed as the “Boating Association” and not a “Yacht Club”. The reason for this is that we offer a welcome to all people who wish to enjoy the various means of having fun on the water. Here are a few key points for visitors to the web site and hopefully to the club.

More than 50 club-owned boatsawait members subscribing to boat use and can be used at club events or at any daylight time. Over 50 ways to enjoy the lovely River Dart. Paddle boards, kayaks, Canadian canoes, rowing boats and a range of sailing dinghies for solo sails and family cruises. When not “on duty” our safety boats are also available for suitably qualified members to hire at a modest cost charged merely to cover fuel.

No storage or maintenance to worry about although all work is undertaken by enthusiastic members. We hope all members will contribute some time to join work parties or take on solo projects to keep our great fleet and bright modern facilities looking good and working well. We adopt the “many hands make light work” principle and enjoy a lot of fun getting jobs done. Also, a haven for some members who like to retreat quietly to exercise their practical skills or do some quiet work.

RYA Training Centre dedicated to introducing young and less young people to the joys of boating, providing routes to training and development of skills and knowledge for all. At whatever age, lives can be busy and pressured so learning skills, formally or informally, that equip us to escape a little, absorbed by healthy activity in beautiful natural surroundings shared with the birds, fish and seals is a great antidote to the hurly burly.

Modern club building, workshop and boat store make it easy and comfortable to get on and off the water. We have spacious changing rooms and showers, a kitchenette for members and a bright room with a stunning view of the river for training, social gatherings, meetings or just sitting. All these facilities plus barbecue equipment and outdoor seating are open to members to use in all daylight hours.

Open, inclusive and friendly membership is the magic ingredient of this great club. With members, very young to quite senior, drawn from Stoke Gabriel and much further afield there is an overriding spirit and enthusiasm to welcome new members and encourage everyone on to the water as much as possible to enjoy the river. Membership runs from March to February but is open throughout the year with no prerequisites to join.

Non Members are welcome when signed in and accompanied by a member, up to three occasions in a season.  Our club room is also available to hire for meetings and events by members and non members.

Visit and see for yourself and a committee member will show you around and explain our facilities, just send an email to the Commodore to find a suitable time to visit.

SGBA New Clubhouse

Club Events

The Club organises a range of events: Sunday sailing, junior and adult sailing courses, powerboat instruction, and instructional and social events.

Dates of the events can be found here.

Parking at the Quay Car Park

The parking area of the quay and lawns around the Mill Pond are privately owned and operated as a business. Managing the lawns, the quay side parking area, fencing, staffing and paying for insurance etc are just some of the expenses incurred in maintaining the parking facility throughout the year.

Fees are charged in the summer season, starting on Good Friday, but the owners kindly allow local residents to park for limited periods on the quay side free of charge during the normal working days of Monday to Friday. On high season weekends and Bank Holidays, though, they need to charge for every space in order to generate sufficient income. SGBA members are reminded that on such days everyone, local and visitor, will be charged the standard rate for parking.

Should members need regular parking on the quay the most cost effective option is to purchase a season ticket, allowing unlimited parking on any day of the year.

Stoke Gabriel Tides

The annual booklet of Stoke Gabriel tide tables is now available from Stoke Gabriel Stores (Roz’s) and the River Shack, as well as at SGBA events.

More details on the Weather and Tides page.

We are on Whats App

We learned from the Survey in 2017 that many members prefer to sail or paddle when others will be on the river, rather than on their own. So we have set up a What’s App group through which members will get alerts when others are going afloat and through which those in the group can make arrangements with each other.

To join the group, text your name and mobile number to: River Lovejoy on 07523 544986.

We are on Facebook

We are on Flickr