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Sunday sailing and boating

Throughout the spring, summer and early autumn we have a programme of Sunday sailing and boating, giving members a chance to try out SGBA club boats, or use their own boats in a friendly supervised environment. A safety boat will be operating and a shore based Officer of the Day (OOD) checks that members enjoy their time on the water safely. If using a club boat, you'll need to book it through the calendar on the SGBA website. Session times are tide dependant and so vary from week to week.

The OOD is responsible for ensuring that a safety boat is on the water and for keeping track of who is out in which dinghy. Despite this, members remain responsible for their own safety at all times and should participate within their personal competency given the weather and tidal conditions on the day. Non-sailing parents/carers of children taking part in Sunday sailing must remain by the clubhouse. Everyone on the water as part of the club event must wear a buoyancy aid at all times and wear clothing suited to the weather and water temperature. Please note to take part in an SBGA club boat you must have paid the annual boat use fee.

For time-to-time SGBA instructors are also available to provide coaching and to provide inductions for the use of club boats - please book these in advance of the session.

Volunteering to help with Sunday sailing and boating

Each Sunday sailing session needs three volunteers: the OOD, a Safety Boat Helm and the Safety Boat Crew. We are often short of volunteers, so please check the duty roster to volunteer for a session. It is a great way to meet people and enjoy being by or on the river. See downloads at the bottom of this page for details of the roles. Members are reminded that the Safety Boat Helm for an event must have PB2.

Junior sailing courses

The SGBA Junior Sailing Courses are an opportunity for your child to learn to sail, whilst having a huge amount of fun on the river. Children will develop water confidence and river safety, and may also get a sailing qualification (RYA Stage 1-4 depending upon ability).

Other training

See RYA Training pages for details.


Towards the middle of September every year, the SGBA holds its annual regatta. A day of dinghy, kayak and rowing racing, the regatta is the culmination of the year's Sunday sailing sessions. The main event is a race up and down the river off Mill Point for the dinghies and keel boats. Everyone can enter in their own boat or in a club boat.

Paddle to the Pub

Regular oars and paddles events are organised throughout the season, either up or down river depending on tides, giving the opportunity to explore our beautiful river, in a group and usually involving a visit to a pub, or a stop to BBQ enroute. Destinations include Tuckenhay, Sharpham, Totnes, Dittisham and Dartmouth.

Other water-based activities

Members often ask about different things they'd like to see happen: more formal racing, canoeing, rowing, etc.
Is there something you'd like the club to organise? Do you want to organise it or be part of the organising team?
If you have any ideas you'd like to discuss, let Roger Astley (our sailing secretary) know - it would be good to have some more events and more members involved.

Last updated 08:27 on 2 August 2021

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