Welcome from SGBA Commodore, Julian Williams

The Commodore

Welcome to the SGBA Website. Our 500+ members will find here everything they need to make the most of their membership. Prospective members will, I hope, find out enough to encourage them to join us.

The SGBA was founded in the 1970s and for four decades has given masses of fun and pleasure to thousands of adults and youngsters who venture out on the beautiful waters of the River Dart in this lovely part of South Devon. Following a successful development project 2014 – 2016 we now have fabulous facilities at Mill Point to enable and support even more fun on the water for our sailors, kayakers, canoeists and rowers.

The Club is in a superb, but unusual location. We offer:

  • a fleet of over 30 sailing dinghies owned by the club
  • a flotilla of 15 canoeing, kayaking and rowing craft owned by the club
  • all of which are available for members to use for a modest annual fee
  • an intention to meet the needs of sailors and paddlers equally
  • a new clubhouse with comprehensive facilities
  • foreshore berths and racks for 80 member-owned dinghies and kayaks
  • lockers for members’ equipment (useful for members who own boats, not least those who have yachts on nearby moorings on the Dart)
  • over 350 adult members and over 175 juniors, most living in South Devon but some from as far away as the West Midlands
  • registration as an RYA RTC and a reputation for teaching children to sail (RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stages 1 – 4). Our new clubhouse adds scope to broaden the range of courses we can offer, including theory courses. We hope to introduce canoe/kayak courses soon.
  • bags of enthusiasm, and a desire that every member should make the most of the club and the opportunities it offers.

The unusual bits about our location? Just two: vehicular access is across a tidal foreshore – we cope well enough; and we are required to limit activities at Mill Point to daylight hours only – so we use venues in the village for evening social events.

The SGBA is typical of clubs which the RYA says do best these days: embracing all types of boating, run by enthusiasts and with up-to-date facilities. I’m honoured to serve as Commodore for two years from March 2017. I welcome contact from current members and prospective members - send me an email. Prospective members will find lots of information on the membership page. Then come and visit, weekends are best – email me first so I can arrange someone to meet you.

SGBA New Clubhouse

Winter News

Social Programme

We had an exciting social programme over the winter. Joslin Fiennes gave a talk on the topic “Dartmouth: a History through Art”. This was very well attended and the Old School Rooms were almost full to bursting.

The SGBA Christmas Dinner at Emma's in mid-December was the usual great success as was Santa's visit to the quay on Christmas Eve.

In mid-January Clive Britten gave a fascinating talk entitled “Home from Estonia” describing a yacht cruise from the far Baltic back to the UK.

This was followed by a talk given by Club Trustee Anthony Showell. Under the title "The 1993 London to Sydney Car Rally (And winning it)", Anthony described an amazing adventure driving a car from London to Sydney. The Old School room was filled to bursting and everyone thoroughly enjoyed Anthony's professional and amusing presentation.

Our final winter talk was a superbly illustrated presentation on the art of photography at sea given by Club member, Nic Compton.

Stoke Gabriel Tides

The annual booklet of Stoke Gabriel tide tables is now available from Stoke Gabriel Stores (Roz’s) and the River Shack, as well as at SGBA events.

More details on the Weather and Tides page.

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