September Newsletter

September Newsletter

As the sailing season starts to draw to a close, we have a few events to draw to your attention, along with a request for help!


Working Party and Annual Dinner

On Saturday 22 October, we have a working party during the day, storing away everything for the winter. Many hands make light work, so do come down and lend a hand, as well as working up an appetite for the evening…..

…which is our Annual Dinner & Dance and Prize Giving. Arrive from 7pm ready to sit down for dinner at 7.30pm. This year our dinner is being catered by Café 51, so the food is sure to be good. The cost of the evening is £25 per head (with a reduced rate for children), and tickets can be bought in advance from Café 51 on Southwold High Street, or by emailing


After the meal there will also be a Disco until 11.30 so bring your dancing shoes!

Goats’ cheese mousse with roasted beetroot & crispy shallots
Squash, pea & chorizo salad

Daube of beef with rich red wine sauce, bacon & mushroom with creamed mash potatoes
Fillet of cod with cream leeks & roasted potatoes
Moroccan marinated vegetable skewers with tzatziki , quinoa & green beans

Apple & blackberry crumble & custard
Salted caramel chocolate torte with cream

Café 51 have asked for all menu choices by 15 October, so please ensure you have got your tickets before then. This is a lovely way to round of the sailing season, so if you haven’t been before, then do come along.

Children’s Christmas Party

We are also bringing back the Children’s Christmas Party this year, on the afternoon of Sunday 11 December. We’ll have party games, food, a roaring fire and a special visitor! More details to follow, but for now, get the date in your diary.

Social Sub-committee

Our Social Secretary Marie Bell is keen to organise a social sub-committee to help put together events for next season. For anyone interested, Marie will be hosting a discussion group at her house at 5 Mallard Road, Reydon on Wednesday 5 October at 7pm to put together a list of events for next year and to check that they don’t clash with other local events. If people are interested in coming along, then please email

Committee Vacancies

Following our AGM earlier this month we have some key vacancies. As well as general committee members, the key roles of Commodore and Membership Secretary remain vacant. If you would like more info on these positions or feel you could help in any way with the running of the club, please get in touch via the email

Javelin National Championships & Summer Party

This weekend the club are hosting the Javelin National Championships.

The Javelin class are regular visitors to Southwold and with some familiar faces amongst them, we welcome all the sailors and their families.

As well as the 6 races in Sole Bay we have a fun social programme planned to which all members are welcome, the bar will be open Friday and Saturday evening with Adnams bitter on tap and on Saturday evening we have a BBQ provided by Mills & Sons Butchers. Breakfast will also be served on Saturday and Sunday morning.

Javelin Nationals – Programme of events

Friday 24th June – Arrival, bar open from 6pm, take away available

Saturday 25th June, 8am – Kitchen open for breakfast
Saturday 25th June, 10:30am – Competitor Briefing
Saturday 25th June, 12pm – Race 1. To be followed by Race 2 & 3.
Saturday 25th June, 7pm – bar open, BBQ provided by Mills & Sons Butchers, Music.

Sunday 26th June, 8am – Kitchen open for breakfast
Sunday 26th June, 11am – Race 4, to be followed by Race 5 & 6
Sunday 26th June, 4pm – Prizegiving

Other News

In May we hosted a successful Open Day as part of RYA Push The Boat Out Week and 30 people enjoyed a sail on the River Blyth in our laser 2000’s with a number of them becoming new members of the club. We look forward to seeing them on the water and in the bar!

The quiz night was a great success, 8 teams competed and £193 was raised for the Learn to Sail programme and RNLI.

Meanwhile the Training programme continues to flourish with 7 sessions completed this season. There are a few places left particularly during the middle of August and towards the end of the season, so please get in touch with Mike Carter if you would like to book.

Sunday racing has been quiet so far, but with the weather improving there is still plenty of time to get on the water.

Future events

29th June – Wednesday Evening 5
Sunday 3rd July – RN&SYC visit to Southwold
Saturday 9th July – Pico Training 8
Sunday 10th July – Summer Series 2
Saturday 16th July – Holland Cruise
Sunday 17th July – Barnard Buoy

Bar Open Friday, Saturday 7-10pm, Sunday 1-3pm and 7-10pm.

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August Regatta

Great day up the river yesterday for the August regatta. Very good turn out too given the typical bank holiday rainy weather.

Wind gusting 25 knots.

Although the junior race was abandoned due to the sketchy wind conditions and massively underweight helms; consisting of an average age of 8 years old, however fun was still had by all the juniors, many capsizes putting their skills to the test.

We did manage to complete a race for the slightly heavier sailors still ranging from very young to not quite as young (parents).

If any one else has any more pics from today please do share!

Well done to every one who took part!



Spanish Meal – 12 September!

Calling all members! There will be a meal of Spanish food at the club on the 12th of September!

Two courses Sat 12th Sept. 7 for 7.30pm @ £12.00 cooked by Desiree.

To book, please contact Sue on 01502 723278 by Wed. 9th Sept.

Veggie options if required please ask at time of booking.


Push the Boat out success!

‘Push the Boat Out’ day at Southwold Sailing Club was a real success despite the 30 knot winds which blew for most of the day. Consequently, the only boat that went out was one of our new Laser 2000 club boats. This was sailed solo by our intrepid Pete Lock, basically because no-one else would go with him!

After capsizing a few times he eventually got off the slipway and proceeded to give a very seaman-like demonstration about how to sail a racing boat in high winds.

The day was attended by about 50 people who all enjoyed the delicious cream teas and many of whom became new members of the club.

The Commodore, Robin Watkins said that he was very pleased with the turn out for the event even though the wind was too high for us to take people out for taster sessions.

The much appreciated cream tea crew
Aubrey, like everyone else, decided to stay in the warm clubhouse

White Hart Race – Sunday 26th April

Our first race of the season is fast approaching. The White Hart Race is the traditional season opener. The race will take place on a course layed to the West of the Bailey Bridge, in the area usually used for Pico training. To give people the opportunity to bring boats back down to the club and organise them after winter storage the race will take place in the afternoon, with a 3pm start.
The clubs Pico fleet is available for use of club members for this race. email: to book.
There will also be a Rescue boat refresher session running, again please email to register interest.