New Club House Progress

The work parties have cleared the quarry floor and faces of loose rocks and the old concrete foundations leaving the site ready for construction work and work will start next month.

The first phase will be for a contractor to lay the foundations. About the same time we will start to lay the mains water, sewer and electrical service to the site. This will need to work to a tight timetable to allow all 3 services to be in one trench whilst avoiding disruption to residents in Pump lane and to users of the permitted walk above the cliffs.

A contractor will dig the main trench but parts will have to be dug and refilled by hand.

For safety compliance the quarry area will be fenced off as soon as the foundation contractors arrive and will remain so until the building has been completed. Neilís steps will remain open for access for most of the time during construction but may need to be closed for periods when heavy vehicles and lifting equipment are operating on site.

During the laying of the services we may also need to close off or divert the permitted foot path for a few days. We will issue an Email and put notices up in advance of work starting and for any closures.

Welcome from SGBA Commodore, Roger Stobbart

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 has 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, summer evening and Sunday 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!

About the SGBA

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:

  • promote boating on the Dart 
  • provide sail training for youngsters 
  • be a focus for the on-the-water activities of the local community 
  • and contribute to the life of the village of Stoke Gabriel. 

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.

Winter Social Programme

The last talk is by our member, Nick Agar, on May 7th: Tales From a Circumnavigation.

In the Clubhouse at 19:45

Sailing Programme 2015

The provisional 2015 sailing programme can be found on the the Sailing and Events Support Site  This is the definitive resource for all sailing dates. But note that this calendar does not yet include dates for other events such as the Middle Back cricket match or Junior sailing. As soon as the dates for these are settled, members will be notified by email.

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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 he 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.