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:
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 uptodate 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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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