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We’re closed for organised sailing – but we’ll update you soon

Dear Members,

We hope you’re all safe and well.

As you know, we are following the best advice we can from the RYA and government, but for now Southwold Sailing Club remains closed for organised sailing. 

The committee has produced a phased reopening plan. Please see the below updates for detail on the current status of the club and activities.

We will review this process again on 4 July, and we’ll be sending this out to members via email and posting it here, so please do check back soon.

Phased re-opening summary

Due to the social distancing measures currently in place, the clubhouse will remain closed. From 8 June, toilets will be open for one member at a time, or groups from the same household in the case of children. A hand sanitiser dispenser will be placed at the downstairs door and a cleaning protocol will be in place by the end of the week.

Following extensive risk assessments and reviews of operating procedures, organised sailing and training is unable to take place. The use of safety boats is not possible within the guidelines. Therefore general sailing is permitted at your own risk. We have produced some safety advice for independent sailing which can be viewed here.

Following an inspection by the committee, the slipway has been deemed not fit for purpose in its current condition. We are planning the necessary repairs, but for now the club slipway is unfortunately closed until further notice. The town slipway is available to use.

Club Pontoon
The club pontoon is open and available for use in line with the current club pontoon policy.

If you have any questions, please contact anyone on the committee – me, Ollie, Jez, James…

Thanks, and see you soon I hope.


You will I’m sure by now have heard a lot about GDPR, well even as a small volunteer run club we are not exempt, and to that end we have published our data privacy policy which can be found here additionally you will shortly receive an email to update your contact preferences.  If you have any question please contact us on



Breaking The Ice In 2018

Say goodbye to the cold snowy weather and welcome the warmth and sunshine that will be coming over the horizon soon!  It’s time to start thinking about getting involved at Southwold Sailing Club in 2018.

The 2018 programme has been finalised and we can now give you a glimpse of whats in store. Giving you more reason than ever to participate in the sailing and social scene at SSC this coming season.

The Social Scene
A vibrant social calendar containing fortnightly Drinks and Nibbles evenings, Musical Performances, Singer Songwriter Nights, Wine & Beer Tastings, Dinners, Barbecues and anything else we can pack in throughout the season.
Volunteering opportunities available such as Bar staff, Cooking, Fundraising events.
We are kicking off this season with our first social event for members and their guests on Saturday 24th of March at 19:00.
A casual blind Wine tasting accompanied by a selection of cheeses supplied by Slate Cheese shop in town. With various wines to taste ranging from Adnams best sellers to Super Market Wines, the highest rated wines will be stocked behind the bar for 2018. Can you taste the difference?
We are offering the chance to win a bottle of wine from the tasting if you can guess the Country of origin, the ABV and the grape used in the wine.
Click here to book your ticket for this 2018 icebreaker.
On The Water
Our programme has been tailored to cater for all ages, agility and abilities. We aim to provide easy access to sailing for all offering something for everyone.

  • Taster Opportunities-including open days and ‘bring a guest’.
  • Learn To Sail Programme-offering members 4 training sessions included in their membership. Training is given in Laser Pico’s & Wayfarers.
  • Sunday Funday’s-throughout the season consisting of general sailing, casual racing, picnics and fun.
  • Swallows & Amazons-monthly river trips along the River Blyth for all, specifically focused towards the older and less agile members who prefer a tranquil sail. Picnics and pub lunches up the River Blyth.
  • Spring, Summer and Autumn Series-series of races with trophies up for grabs.Trophies are presented at the Annual Dinner and Prize-giving.
  • Sea Sailing-for the more experienced sailors who are hungry for some high performance sailing. Laser 2000’s used for this activity.
  • Cruiser Programme-Cruiser trips to Lowestoft for lunch at the RNSYC with opportunities for members to go along. East coast sailing to River Deben, Longer passages to Holland.
  • Incentives to Volunteer-regular Safety Boat training sessions are offered to members who volunteer in assisting with the running of activities. From July we will be running RYA Power Boat Level 2 courses for volunteers. We also hold regular shore based ‘Wind & Tide Reading and Sea State Prediction’ sessions which help members to develop their own thought process, enabling the less experienced members to determine the suitability of weather and sea conditions. We are also looking to invest in members with the right level of experience and who want to take on a larger role in running activities by helping them to complete an RYA Dinghy Instructor Course.
If you would like any more information on any of the activities please
contact us
But I don’t have a boat!
We have received various funding over the years to purchase the equipment necessary to get you from non member to active member. The club has several fleets of sailing dinghies available to use for all of the activities in the programme. All of our dinghies are available to use for £5 per person. This small cost is a contribution towards the maintenance that they require due to the use they receive.

Our dinghy fleets are comprised of:

  • 7 Laser Pico’sthese are single handed dinghies great for kids and adults to learn sailing in and for messing around in.
  • 2 Toppersthese are great for really small people as they are lightweight and easy to manoeuvre.
  • 3 Wayfarer dinghiesthese are double handed dinghies and great for learning to sail in. They are stable and good for less agile sailors too. They comfortably seat around 4 people. They are great for a stepping stone to a Laser 2000.
  • 3 Laser 2000’sthese are a higher performance sailing dinghy, less stable and more demanding. More suited towards experienced sailors.

The activities at Southwold Sailing Club only happen as a result of its members taking a turn in helping to run the activities. Whether it’s the bar, refreshments, running the sailing or providing safety cover on the water we would really appreciate some help in return for some training that will help improve your skills too. Unless you already have lots of experience of course.

Please take a look at some of the duties and roles that we really require some help with and if you fancy having a go at any please select some dates and register your name for the task.

Volunteer Bar Staff
Throughout the season we plan to have fortnightly social gatherings which will range from casual drinks and nibbles to larger events such as music and dinners. We really need volunteers to help work on the bar for these events so please sign up for the odd date by clicking here. Training given.

Officer Of The Day Duty
Click here for the duties for this role.
Whenever there is sailing taking place, there is always someone in charge. The OOD gets everything ready in the morning, they work closely with the safety boat crews, following operating procedures and check lists to help guide them, make decisions to ensure the environment is safe and fun for the sailors and run the days sailing/racing. You don’t need to have lots of experience although the more experience you do have the easier you will find it. If you are keen to have a go then we will be right by your side! Depending on the weather this could be at sea or river and generally for Sunday Fundays. Training can be given along side. Click here to volunteer!
Swallows and Amazons OOD Duty
Swallows & Amazons will be taking place along the River Blyth. If you fancy having a go at OOD Duties for this then it is recommended that you know the channel well as it can be hazardous. If you don’t know the channel well then we can be by your side while you get to figure it out. Click here to volunteer!
Safety Boat Crew
See here for details of the role including Safety Boat and RIB operating procedures and check list.
We have 2 Safety Boats and each one must be occupied by a competent helm and at least one helper. Without safety crew sailing can’t take place. It’s good fun watching the sailing for a change and being ready to offer assistance to a sailor keeps you on your toes. We can be by your side while you gain the experience. Click here to volunteer!
Join us

If you are an existing member and would like to renew your membership or if you would like to become a member of SSC please download and complete a membership application form.

Dinghy Parking & Hard Standing For Cruisers
We offer 40 dingy parking spaces and 13 spaces for cruiser hard standing. If you would like to store your dinghy/cruiser then please complete a Dinghy Parking and Hard Standing application form.
If you have any questions regarding any of the topics in this newsletter please contact us as we will be glad to answer any questions.

Southwold Sailing Club needs your votes to make it to the final round of the AVIVA Community Fund

Southwold Sailing Club needs your votes to make it to the final round of the AVIVA Community Fund.
Southwold Sailing Club has applied for a grant of £8000 to purchase 3 Wayfarer dinghies to help members of the community of all ages and abilities to access the sport of sailing and to enjoy what we love doing the most! Your vote can help to make this happen!

We need your help so please, please vote for us by doing the following:
Step 1:Click the link VOTE NOW!
Step 2:Register with facebook or set up an AVIVA account
Step 3:Vote for COMMUNITY SAILING FOR ALL AGES(feel free to use all 10 votes)
Voting closes on 21st November where the winners will be selected by a judging panel!
Southwold SC became an affiliated RYA training centre in 2014 which has allowed us to run free learn to sail courses for members. The courses are run by volunteer qualified instructors with the support of volunteer club members.
As a result of all the hard work from members, the club is becoming more vibrant with lots of energy and a growing social scene which in turn is attracting more members of different ages and abilities. We want to be in a position to accommodate as many people as possible.
We currently have a fleet of 7 Laser Pico’s, which we use to run 16 free training sessions each season. These dinghies are small and require agile sailors such as youngsters, fit adults and sailors who don’t mind shuffling around. Unfortunately they are not ideal for less agile and older sailors and do not suit their needs. This is frustrating as we see many sailors have a go but decide they are too uncomfortable to sail and as a result they don’t come back.
The Wayfarer is a bigger, more stable dinghy and provide a more comfortable seated position to to sail from, therefore it’s much kinder on your knees. They are often seen with entire families sailing them.
Sailing at Southwold has the benefits of exhilarating sea sailing in front of the town, a safe learn to sail river setting and a 4 mile stretch of river where we often make trips up the picturesque River Blyth to the Blythburgh White Hart for a spot of lunch and refreshments. These prove very popular and all types of boats containing all types of sailors turnout to enjoy the group activity in a safe, fun and beautiful environment. We want all members of the community to be able to enjoy these amazing activities at Southwold.
To summarise-If you vote and share this page you could help Southwold Sailing Club get a broader range of people onto the water and to enjoy the social aspect of the club. Whether they are retired sailors who think their sailing days are over, retired members of the community, people who have bad joints and are less agile due to injuries, disabled people or even families wanting to do group activities;we want to give you all the opportunity to get sailing and to enjoy the ever expanding and vibrant social scene at Southwold Sailing Club.

Our 2018 programme will currently contain the following:

Taster opportunities throughout the season
2 open days to give taster opportunities
A well structured ‘learn to sail’ programme for youths and adults
A sea sailing programme as further training
Sunday Funday’s throughout the season
Yacht cruises to Lowestoft for lunch
River cruises for lunch/Tea
A vibrant social calendar

And with the help of 3 Wayfarers:

A programme for less agile sailors of all ages
More group sailing for all

By casting your vote for us, you can help make this happen, become a part of Southwold Sailing Club and get sailing too!

Please vote for our project!
Thank you for your time!

Vote Here
We need your help so please vote for us by doing the following:
Step 1:Click the “Vote here” button ABOVE
Step 2:Register with facebook or set up an AVIVA account
Step 3:Vote for COMMUNITY SAILING FOR ALL AGES(feel free to use all 10 votes)

What’s on…

following a busy Push The Boat Out Day on Saturday when the club was buzzing with activity and we took 36 people sailing upriver in Pico’s and Laser 2000’s, here’s a quick update of upcoming events.

As well as the usual Saturday and Sunday sailing a few highlights are:

Sunday 28th May – Visit from Waldringfield SC
We have arranged a Fish supper by chef Alec Smith
The menu is:

Thai Red Prawn Curry A fragrant thai curry with tiger prawns, sweet potato, green beans and baby corns. Served on a bed of rice.

Gourmet Fish Pie Chunks of cod, smoked haddock and salmon in a creamy wine and dill sauce. Topped with cheesy mash. Served with fresh veg.

Fish chowder Chunks of fish in a stew with creamed corn, onions, peppers and green beans. Served in a cob.

7pm for 7.30pm service. All 3 meals to share between 2 people. £15 per head. After Dinner  there will be sea shanties in the bar. If you would like to to book please contact Marie on 07854 004458. Spaces are limited to 40 and there are only 10 left so get in quick.

Saturday 3rd June – White Hart

We will sail (maybe even race) to the White Hart for tea. Start at 14:00. Club boats are available for hire, bring the family or send them by road to meet for food and a drink before sailing back on the ebb tide. email to book your boat. Volunteers for rescue boat crew would also be appreciated.

Saturday 17/18 June – Javelin Open
The Javelin fleet will be making their annual pilgrimage to the East Coast. If you can help on or off the water please get in touch by emailing We are expecting between 6-10 visiting boats.

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.