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
Membership in 2017 starts at as little as £45 a year for a single person and £60 for family membership. For a modest additional fee, non-boat owners have access to the Club's boats: 23 dinghies, 2 kayaks, 5 canoes and 3 rowing boats.
Our location is on the picturesque 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 its new Clubhouse.
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 organised
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.
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 have just finished building a new Clubhouse in the quarry at Mill Point.
If you are interested, whether you have a boat or not, whether you can sail or not, come down to one of the Sunday sessions or contact a member of the Committee.
We have an exciting social programme for the winter. Joslin Fiennes has 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.
Our most recent talk was 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 this year is on Thursday 2 March when Nic Compton will talk about the art of photography at sea.
Details of all the winter activities are on the Social Programme page.
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.
Scrap wood from the Clubhouse build has turned into kindling wood.
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All proceeds to SGBA funds
Call Julian on 782744
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