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Sunday sailing and boating

Throughout the spring, summer and early autumn we have a programme of Sunday sailing and boating. Members can just come along to Mill Point, rig up and take out an SGBA sailing dinghy, kayak, rowing boat, paddle board, canoe, or join us in their own boat. You do not need to book, just turn up, but check the times as they are tide dependent.

Each Sunday sailing and boating is supervised from ashore by an Officer of the Day (OOD). He or she is responsible for ensuring the safety boat is on the water and keeping track of who is out in which dinghy. Having satisfied the OOD that you are competent on the water, you will be free to take out any of the club dinghies. Although there is always a safety boat on duty, members remain responsible for their own safety at all times. Non-sailing parents/carers of children taking part in Sunday sailing must remain by the clubhouse. Everyone on the water as part of the event must wear a buoyancy aid at all times. Please note to take part in an SBGA boat you must have paid the annual boat use fee.

New 2020: There will be a qualified dinghy instructor available at most Sunday sailing and boating events who can help you rig a boat and give you guidance on the water.

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, check the duty rosterfor a list of available volunteer slots. 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 Safetyboat 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.

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 sailings. 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 a club dinghy (although it is often wise to reserve the dinghy you want to race).

Friday evening social sailing & BBQ's

In the summer we organise bring-you-own-food BBQs on Friday evenings. It's also a chance to get out on the water in company of others and a great way to start the weekend. See calendar for details. Note: There is no safety boat coverage on Friday evenings.

Paddle to the Pub

Regular oars and paddles events are organised throughout the season, either up or down river depending on tides to give 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 09:49 on 23 December 2020

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