Anne Davis kindly donated a new award to SGBA this year - the "Young Sailor of the Year". The award was presented on Sunday 11th October during the Monitored Sailing session. We are pleased to announce Riley Sentance as this year's winner. Whilst making huge strides in his own sailing ability at Monitored Sailing (and racing), Riley has also shown a consistent enthusiasm for participating in SGBA activities, including building
Published 10:42 on 12 Oct 2020
Wet play. The forecast didn't look as promising for day 3 of the school taster sessions. Will Howitt (one of our dinghy instructors) moved the initial briefing under cover into the club house ground floor. By the time the briefing was over the children couldn't wait to get out onto the water despite the continuing rain. Their enthusiasm was rewarded when the sun came out (briefly) and a gentle breeze blew down the river,
Published 14:33 on 23 Sep 2020
Day 2 of the school sailing tester sessions brought more wind but less sun. The children initially seemed a little more apprehensive but Will quickly engaged them with competitive dinghy paddling and they were soon raring to head out. Reefing the main-sails avoided unintentional capsizes and the children impressed us all with how quickly they grasped the essentials and they were soon speeding along in their dinghies.
Published 13:12 on 22 Sep 2020
The weather was perfect for day 1 of the school taster sessions. While we waited for the wind to arrive, the children enjoyed a competitive paddle race around a buoy and practiced capsizing. A gentle breeze arrived in time for them to spend the majority of their time out on the river putting theory into practice, with great results. Thanks to all involved.
Published 13:07 on 21 Sep 2020
We had six families/couples take up the offer of beginner or improver Family Introductory Courses during August. These are two sessions of three hours each to enable beginners or those with a little experience to learn the basics of sailing. They can also help parents wanting to teach their children to sail. Will Howitt was the instructor for these sessions. If anyone would like additional instruction during or outside monitored sessions please
Published 11:50 on 1 Sep 2020
Unfortunately the Wanderer on the mooring adjacent to the club house capsized during storm Francis. The strong wind and waves pounded the boat's mast into the mud so that when a rescue mission was launched it took multiple attempts before the mast was extracted from the creek mud. The boat was pulled clear using a harness formed by joining together the painter and the main sheet which was secured to the mast through the centre-board
Published 09:37 on 28 Aug 2020
Are you looking for a way to get more involved with SGBA club activities? Perhaps you've enjoyed recent Monitored Sailing and racing sessions, and you'd like to ensure these events keep going? If so please volunteer as a Monitor. No prior experience is needed for the shore based monitor. We will brief you in advance and check all is well on the day. To volunteer, choose a session from the list of up-coming Monitored
Published 11:43 on 21 Aug 2020
When the Dart Harbour Authority pontoon was installed last year one of the aims was to encourage more river based visitors to Stoke Grabriel. Not sure this is what we had in mind though.
Published 20:00 on 20 Aug 2020
We've added a new feature that allows members to advertise boat related items (as well as complete boats) on the website. Once you've added your item for sale to the website let us know through firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll highlight new items for sale in the weekly newsletter. You can also use the facility to give away items, simply enter 0.0 for the price and the item will be marked as free.
Published 07:51 on 20 Aug 2020
Last week, the SGBA hosted an RYA Dinghy Instructor course. Congratulations are due to Verity Howle, Albert Gilmore, Max Morrell, Otto Oldridge and Graham Moore for successfully completing 3 days of training and qualifying as Dinghy Instructors, with an endorsement for teaching in single-handed boats. We look forward to welcoming our new instructors back once Covid-19 restrictions are sufficiently lifted, enabling them to complete their double-handed teaching endorsement too. Many thanks to Stuart
Published 00:00 on 18 Aug 2020