The General Meeting of the Association will be held in the Clubhouse on Thursday 13 March at 19:30
Welcome to the Stoke Gabriel Boating Association, usually referred to as “the SGBA”. The membership is a group of people, young and not so young, who are attracted to anything to do with getting out on the beautiful Dart river or indeed out to sea from Dartmouth. We have members with sailing dinghies, rowing boats, cruising yachts, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks and motor vessels of many different sizes. The club also has several vessels which, on payment of a modest annual subscription, can be used by members competent to do so. We are an accredited RYA training centre for dinghy sailing and powerboat courses.
Our location is on the picturesque (especially at high tide) Stoke Gabriel Creek, about 5 miles upstream from Dartmouth and 4 miles downstream from Totnes, the head of navigation on the river. Launching from our dinghy park, which accommodates about 80 craft, is best above half tide, when there is also enough water for up to six hours’ sailing. However, launching is feasible at any time down a gravel bank of the river, from Mill Point, where the Club have a wooden equipment store in a disused quarry. The store and dinghy park are accessible at high water via steps and a cliff-top path along the creek. There is also a first floor clubroom and ground floor locker area in a building next to the village slipway at the end of the public road by the dam. In season, Sunday evening sailing is organized together with a junior sailing course for 8-12 year old children and other water based events occur throughout the year. In winter a course of talks and other social events are organized. Do come and join in!
The SGBA was established over forty years ago to be the focus of on-the-water activities for the village of Stoke Gabriel in south Devon. Over the years the club has grown both in terms of membership and what it can offer to the local community. The club aims to:
For boat owners we have lockers, dinghy park and canoe racks. For non-boat owners we have a fleet of sailing dinghies, rowing boats, and canoes that can be borrowed by members. And for everyone there is a busy social programme of shore and water based events throughout the year.
The club works closely with other sailing clubs on the River Dart and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to provide a comprehensive training programme for adults and children in sailing and on motorboats.
Our Club House on the quay at Stoke Gabriel has lockers for hire and a club room with kitchen.
Out in the old quarry at Mill Point, along the foreshore towards the river from the Club House, we have the Training Dinghy Store (often known as the Boat House) where all the club boats are stored. In late 2009, the Bibby Family generously donated the Mill Point Quarry and Foreshore to the SGBA, securing our future for years to come.
The club boating fleet consists of 7 Toppers, 6 Laser Bugs, 6 Laser Picos, 2 Lasers, 1 Wanderer, 3 kayaks, 3 canoes, two motor boats and a Whitehill rowing skiff. All of which can be used by members who have paid the additional "Boat Users Fee" and are suitably qualified.
Members can apply for boat storage space in the Dinghy Park, toast rack for inflatables or canoe racks. They can also request a locker in the Club House. There is often a waiting list for these facilities.
The webcam overlooking the Stoke Gabriel pontoon is provided by courtesy of Bill Christopher.
The winter Social Programme
The winter season got off to an excellent start with the laying-up supper at Emma's which was filled to overflowing by SGBA members enjoying a splendid three course dinner.
The first talk was given by Simon Ellyatt with the intriguing title: Sun, Sea, Sailing, and Spaceships in the Balearics. An entertaining view of the way of life of a skippered super-yacht and the more prosaic small boat. The spaceships, by the way, were more "spiritual" than real.
Away from the high seas to high land, Geoffrey Pocock gave an illustrated talk on Walking and Climbing in the Alps.
A number of members took to the river to make an arrival by water for a visit to the Britannia Royal Naval College where they enjoyed an excellent tour.
An afternoon seminar by Anne Davis and Neil Millward on "Tides and Weather" was extremely well received and it is hoped that it will be repeated in the next winter programme.
Philip Nieuwoudt and Anna Ingram gave an excellent talk/seminar on Trees and Gardens drawing on their vast experience of arboriculture.
About seventy members had a fabulous evening dancing to the excellent music of the Blue Jewel Ceilidh band.
Ramp cleaning on 16 March 2013