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 is
busy building a new Clubhouse to replace a
wooden equipment store in a disused quarry. The Clubhouse and dinghy
are accessible at high water via steps and a cliff-top path along the
creek. In season, summer evening and Sunday sailing are organized
together with a junior sailing course for 8-12 year old children; other
water based events occur throughout the year. In winter a course
of talks and other social events are organised. 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
and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to provide a comprehensive
training programme for adults and children in sailing and on
In late 2009, the Bibby Family generously donated the Mill Point Quarry and Foreshore to the SGBA, securing our future for years to come. We are now building a new Clubhouse in the quarry at Mill Point. This will be sufficiently completed to support sailing from May 2016.
The club boating fleet consists of 7 Toppers, 6 Laser Bugs, 6 Laser Picos, 2 Lasers, 1 Wayfarer, 1 Wanderer, 3 kayaks, 3 canoes, two motor boats and a Whitehall 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.
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Julian Williams was elected to the post of Vice-Commodore and will serve as Commodore from 2017.
Sailing Programme 2016
On 27 February, nine children with three Bugs had a tremendous time learning to paddle, row and enjoy themselves in a dinghy.
Go to the Gallery to see the pictures.
A rowing session for children was held on the River on Monday 4 April.
Junior Sailing is back on the River this year. We are running two courses for children 8 to 12 years of age.
Download the details here.
We will be holding an Adult beginner and Improver course in June.
The 2016 sailing programme starts on Sunday 1 May and Social Sailing and Boating on Thursday 5 May.
The 2016 sailing programme can be found on the Sailing and Events Support Site This is the definitive resource for all sailing dates. But note that this calendar does not include dates for other events such as the Middle Back cricket match. As soon as the dates for these are settled, members will be notified by email.
Sailing can only take place if we have the necessary people to run them i.e. OOD and safety boat helm & crew. We need to find three names for each event before it can go ahead - so, if you can help, please contact the Sailing Secretary.
Go to the Summer Programme page for much more information.
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Delegation of Powers
The newly-achieved charitable status of the SGBA as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) imposes more stringent responsibilities on the club than those applicable to the former status as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC).
It is governed by a Constitution that defines the objective of the SGBA as:
"The promotion of community participation in healthy recreation, in particular by the provision of facilities for participation in the sports of sailing, kayaking, canoeing and rowing"
The Executive Committee operates under the powers delegated to it by the Board of Trustees of the Charity.
The Memorandum of Delegation explains how the relationship between the Board and the Committee should work, and defines necessary limits on the powers that the Committee may exercise on the Board's behalf.