Welcome to the Seafarers Sailing Club website.

The Seafarers Sailing Club is a small, friendly club formed to encourage the sport of dinghy sailing by the promotion of racing, cruising and training. The clubhouse is situated on the Solent between Hill Head and Lee-on-Solent overlooking the Isle of Wight. The Club has approximately 130 paying members. As the majority have "family" membership, the number of people entitled to use our facilities is over 200. There are over 100 boat spaces in the compound which is usually just sufficient to meet members' demands. See About SSC for more details.

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News and Events

RYA Start Sailing/Basic Skill Training - Tuesday 19 to Saturday 30 May
Our annual Level 1 & 2 course starts with two evenings, Tuesday 19th May and Friday 22nd May.
This is followed by three full days over the Spring Bank Holiday, 23rd to 25th May, four evenings, 26th - 29th May and Saturday 30th May.
A roster exists detailing instructors, patrol boat crew and tractor drivers for each of these evenings/days.
If you are available to help in the compound, on the beach or in the kitchen, on any of these occasions, you would be most welcome.

End of Training BBQ - Saturday 30 May from 6.00 p.m
Join the trainees for a fun family evening to mark their success
Hot BBQ food - with salads, rolls, etc.
  • £3.00 cadets
  • £6.00 adults
  • £15.00 family = 2+2
Dress - Informal / casual
Not just for Trainees but for everyone
Closing date - Tuesday 26 May
Please note - booking a meal place is a commitment to pay for it!
Special dietary requirements can usually be catered for - please contact

Cruise 3 and Single Handed Series Races 3 & 4 - Sunday 31 May 2015
With inclement weather forecast for Sunday, the scheduled cruise and races have been cancelled.

Training and Practice Sailing - Saturday Mornings and Tuesday Evenings - from 2 June
Training and practice sailing sessions start again this week. They are programmed as follows:
  • Tuesday Evenings from 2nd June to 25th August - on the water 18.30 - 20.00
  • Saturday Mornings from 6th June to 31st October - on the water 10.00 - 12.00
These sessions are open to all and are intended to encourage a bit of practice, informal training or just a poodle about for fun.
There will be a patrol boat on the water and the sessions will be subject to a minimum of three dinghies and a wind strength of F4 or below.
Coordinators, patrol boat crew and tractor drivers for each day are already identified in the 'Training and Practice Sailing Diary' a copy of which is posted in the wetroom.
If you would like to like to take over one of these roles, or simply help out on the beach or in the compound, please contact Dave Grout
Cadets under the age of 18 require a completed Parental Consent Form

Ladies, Novices and Cadets Series - from Saturday 6 June
The LNC series comprises 8 races; the first race is scheduled for Saturday 6th June.
With the supporting mentor scheme, this series provides an excellent opportunity for inexperienced helms to gain an introduction to racing.
Are you a lady, novice or cadet who would like a gentle introduction to racing and are available for (at least some of) the races in the LNC series?
Are you an experienced sailor that fancies doing something different . . . . like crewing for a lady, novice or cadet in the LNC series?
You can pass on some knowledge, sail with someone different and have some fun.

Scouts 'Try Sail' - Friday 19 June (26 June - spare)
Hopefully the title tells the story, but on Friday evening 19th June we are having a local Scout Group visit us for a 'Try Sail'.
The scouts should arrive at about 19.00 to be kitted up, briefed, assigned to boats etc, on the water by 19.30 and off the water by about 20.30.
We will need approximately 12 volunteer helms, a patrol boat crew, a tractor driver, beach crew and a barman.
The 'Try Sail' will be run along similar lines to the 'Action All Areas' event of recent years; simply get on the water to show some young people the joys of sailing! If you are interested in helping, please contact

Craft Corner - Saturday 27th June 2015 14:00 PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
Craft Creations session from 14:00 to 16:00 in the clubhouse.
Iris Folding by Joy
All are welcome - £2 per person - includes tea and cake!

Single Handed Race Series RACE 5 & 6 - Sunday 28 June 2015 10:30 START
A single handed race series is to be run along similar lines to last season.
This series is run outside of the normal sailing programme.
It appears on the Programme of Events for your convenience but it is deemed a 'Self Help' series so no duty crews have been allocated.
A total of 6 pairs of races appear in the programme as follows:
  • Sunday 05-Apr-2015 Races 1&2 (Cruise 1)
  • Sunday 31-May-2015 Races 3&4 (Cruise 2)
  • Sunday 28-Jun-2015 Races 5&6 (Cruise 4)
  • Sunday 26-Jul-2015 Races 7&8 (Cruise 7 - return from overnight)
  • Monday 31-Aug-2015 Races 9&10 (Cruise 8)
  • Sunday 13-Sep-2015 Races 11&12 (Cruise 9)
The series is open to all members who have, or can borrow, a single handed boat.
You can dip in and out of the races just like the rest of the clubs race series.
There will always be a patrol boat on the water.
Starts will vary from normal Club line to committee boat and even a start line off the beach; it will depend upon weather conditions and who are OOD and patrol boat driver.
For the series to be successful there must be sufficient interest in taking part and in running the races.
If you enter the series you may expect to be asked to act as OOD, patrol boat crew or tractor driver for one of the race days.
The usual format for these races will be two races back-to-back starting at 10:30.
There will be a briefing at approximately 09:50.
If you have any queries, please contact or .
Remember, the bar will be open from midday.

Round the Island Cruise - Friday 10 July
A number of Club members intend to sail around the Isle of Wight on Friday 10th July.
This will involve a very early start and, probably, a late finish.
The decision to proceed will be based upon suitable weather being forecast.
This is quite a venture in a dinghy; it will need lots of work to make sure the passage plan, the crews and the boats are fully prepared.
The boats will carry suitable safety equipment.
If you are interested in taking part please contact

Overnight Cruise - Change of Date! - 14th - 18th August 2015
After the popularity of last year's Overnight Cruise to Lymington, the Cruisemaster has managed to achieve a booking for the same venue again this year.
However, it has been necessary to change the date and this cruise will now take place over the weekend 14th to 16th August.
More details to follow. Any questions please contact the

Extra Live Music Evening added to Programme - Saturday 14 November
Following the success of the Fareham Creekers' last month, another live music group has been booked for your entertainment on Saturday 14th November
--- the group plays shanty, Irish, and popular music
--- so make a note in your diary now for another great fun evening
--- more details later.


RYA Inspection
The recent inspection of the Club as an RYA Training Centre was a great success.
The only pick up points were two relatively minor administrative issues.
Our inspector was very complimentary about the standard of our equipment, tidiness of our estate and the enthusiasm of our instructors.
Our Principal and Chief Instructor, Dick, says thank you and well done to everyone who contributed to a very satisfactory inspection.

Last One Out
Recently, on opening the clubhouse, a member discovered that the hot water urn in the kitchen and the light in the disabled toilet were both switched on.
Please remember:
  • If you are the last person to use the changing room, mop the floor before you leave and, if male, turn off the fan.
  • If you are the last person to leave the clubhouse, please check that everything (that can be) is turned off (eg kitchen light, urn, and fan in men's room) and close the main door securely.
  • If you are the last person to leave the compound, please check that the main water tap (back fence) has been turned off and lock the gate.

Committee Meeting Minutes
Find out what is happening at your club's committee meetings - the minutes of the meetings are found via the club forum
You will need to register to be able to access the forum - details of how to register are on the initial forum page

Club Boats
All Club Members are encouraged to 'have a go' in the club boats, which are free to use, but to ensure they are used correctly, you are reminded that a policy exists
In particular:
  • To be able to use a club boat you need to be 'signed off' on a Club Boat Familiarisation Form (to ensure you know where the boats equipment is, suitably skilled, how to rig etc).
  • Sign out the boat in the Boat Booking Form (advanced booking welcome).
The policy documents can be found here
Alternatively the documentation is in the red file hanging from the Sailing Notice Board.

RYA Training
Currently there are still spaces available on this year's scheduled RYA Training Courses.
All the courses are run by your very own friendly instructors.
If you are interested, or know of anyone who would like to join us, please contact

RYA National Sailing Scheme Level 1 & 2 and RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Level 1, 2 & 3
Come and learn how to sail on Saturday mornings.
Our courses run on Saturday mornings beginning on Saturday 6th June until the end of October.
Each week there will be a short theory session followed by practical on the water training guided by our instructors so that you can learn to sail as the season progresses.
There are still a few spaces available.

Senior Membership Changes
The Committee has been reviewing the rules around Senior Membership over the past few weeks.
We would like to introduce the changes set out in the Club notice for the current season.
We will seek your approval to make these changes permanent at the next AGM.
If you have any questions or comments about this notice, please contact the .

WiFi in the Clubhouse
You will be pleased to know that Seafarers Sailing Club is now internet connected.
WiFi is available in the clubhouse; the password is available from behind the bar.
A variety of additional services are being considered; some may be introduced in due course.
If you have any suggestions then please let a committee member know (an email to the is the best bet).

Why not stay behind for a quick drink in the bar after sailing on Sunday morning.
The bar will be opened every Sunday during the sailing season by your friendly volunteer bar staff.