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All club boats must be booked in advance of use. Booking is free; however you must have paid your £40 annual boat use fee in order to book. You must only use the actual boat you have booked. If your plans change please cancel your booking. There will be no safety boat cover. If you'd prefer to be on the water with a safety boat, book a monitored sailing session. Please arrive ready-changed for boating. Shower and changing facilities are not currently available.

The requirements below are designed to minimise the risk transmitting COVID-19 when using SGBA facilities. Please read and follow them:

  1. No member should come to Mill Point or use a club boat if they (or a member of their household) are suffering from symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been informed that a close contact has tested positive for COVID-19.
  2. Observe social distancing guidelines at all times around the clubhouse and dinghy park areas.
  3. Any club boats which you use must be thoroughly cleaned before and after use, using the buckets, brushes and detergent provided.

Check with the SEAL before heading out:

  1. Safe conditions. Wind and weather can change quickly, and tide will have a big impact on your boating. Check and understand both the weather forecast and tide conditions immediately before you set out and that they are within your ability to handle. If the conditions change be prepared to change your plans and have a place of safety available. Try to find out about local peculiarities of tide and wind from other members.
  2. Emergency contact. It is essential you carry (in a pocket or tucked in your wetsuit) effective means to call for help; ideally a mobile phone in a waterproof case designed so you can operate it in the water. If you are out without a safety boat, boat with a buddy, have someone on shore keeping an eye or someone who knows your plans.
  3. Appropriate clothing. Best dress for a capsize. Our waters are cold, so you need a wet suit or dry suit. Sharp rocks and oyster shells mean strong soled footwear that grips in the wet is essential.
  4. Life jacket or buoyancy aid. Correctly sized and fitted properly, these are essential for your safety and survival in an emergency. It is a requirement that you provide your own for use on all SGBA craft and activities on the water.

Book boats

  1. Kayaks and Canoes
  2. SUPs - Standup paddle boards
  3. Rowing boats
  4. Dinghies: Beginners
  5. Dinghies: Junior beginners
  6. Dinghies: Improvers
  7. Dinghies: Experienced
  8. Dinghies: Families
  9. Motor boats

Kayaks and Canoes

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Choose a sit on top (SOT) kayak if you are a less experienced paddler. Plan your trip with respect to the tide and wind; you want to avoid paddling into a strong tide and wind when you are heading home and tired. Always wear a buoyancy aid.

SUPs - Standup paddle boards

Check the wind and tide before you head out; it is very hard to make headway against a strong wind on a paddleboard. Always wear a buoyancy aid.

Rowing Boats

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The Whitehall Skiff is great for taking a partner or a couple of children out on the river. All crew must wear buoyancy aids.

Dinghies: Junior beginners

Bugs are ideal dinghies for learning to sail or row. Rigging instructions are available here.

  • BUG 1
  • BUG 2
  • BUG 3
  • BUG 4
  • Dinghies: Improvers

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    Toppers are ideal for mastering solo sailing; Topper rigging guide.

    Picos can also be sailed single handed as well as doubling up with two junior sailors or a junior sailor and an adult. Pico rigging guide

  • Topper 1
  • Topper 2
  • Topper 3
  • Topper 4
  • Pico 1
  • Pico 2
  • Pico 3
  • Pico 4
  • Pico 5
  • Pico 6
  • Dinghies: Experienced

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    The Fevas, Lasers, Quests and the Topper Topaz are all fast boats that require a little more experience and should not be taken out by members outside of Monitored sailing sessions until you are confident that you can self-rescue and right a capsized boat. Remember to only sail in wind-strength, tide-strength and water temperature that are within your capabilities.

    Laser rigging guide. Quest rigging guide, Quest reefing guide.

    Dinghies: Families

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    The club has a Drascombe Lugger called Scillabub. An induction is required before you can book Scillabub covering rigging, mooring and use of the electric outboard. To book an induction email: induction@sgba.org.uk.

    Please ensure you have familiarised yourself with the instructions and the detailed outboard instructions before using Scillabub.

    Motor Boats

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    The boats can be booked by members who have passed their SGBA motor boat induction course. The cost is £10 for half a day, £20 for a full day. All crew must wear buoyancy aids.


    The following club boats are currently not available:

    • Red Admiral: The two man rowing skiff.
    • Carnival: The orange safety boat.

    Last updated 09:18 on 11 June 2021

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