What the Club is all about!
The Club is run by a Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore Sailing and Rear Commodore Cruising together with four Committees. There is a Club Manager, Finance & Membership Secretary, Sailing Coordinator and Administrator and a Social Media & Marketing Manager.
With over 1200 members SYC is one of the most active Sailing Clubs in the South West. Our Sailing Programme runs from the beginning of March to the end of December each year. We have three major Race Weeks, a Cadet week in May, a Sundowner series in late August with regular races in the late afternoon, six regular Club Series throughout the year and nine Open Meetings. It is said that Merlin Rocket Week is the jewel in the Yacht Clubs crown, attracting 120 teams from across the country and placing the town at the centre of the sailing worlds attentions for one week in July. The week is so popular that entries are over-subscribed and this years draw was done with live internet screening such is the popularity of the week. The Town Regatta and Salcombe Yacht Club Regattas are hugely popular and the highlights of the Salcombe Calendar year. This year we have extra celebrations with the Salcombe Lifeboat celebrating 150 years so we shall be very busy afloat. Please see our Sailing Programme below. We are constantly working towards increasing regular participation in our sport.
The following boats regularly race:
Laser - Full/Radial/4.7
RS Tera Pro
RS Tera Sport
The Cruiser section of the Club has flourished in the last ten years in particular. With Rallies to favourite west country destinations as well as passages in company across the Channel. There is regular Cruiser Racing in the Range on a Sunday and a weekend Regatta in the Autumn. In 2019 there is a move to have some small keel boat racing in the Range based on the growth of the RS Elite Class. It is true that we do miss the graceful sights of the A Class boats and the likes of Intombi tacking up the estuary.
We have two Cadet sessions each week, Cadet Racing programmes with pathways to excellence leading to some cadets competing in the Regional and National RYA Zone Squads, A Ladies that Launch weekly session which is now in its ninth year and has enabled many sailors to get afloat and gain confidence in the quiet of the midweek estuary. SYC also provide introductory sailing sessions to Kingsbridge Sea Scouts. We also have a competitive midweek evening race series in the summer. The start time for many years has been 19.00 but has been brought forward to 18.00 hrs this year in the hope of attracting even more participants. Adapting to suit our members needs has been key in trying to help more people sail. It is also worthy of note that we have many regular Septarian dinghy racers. Notably Geof Gilson who barely misses a weekend in Yawl 170 together with his crew Chris Spencer Chapman. Geof was encouraged to race by the late Shirley Tyler.
SYC is a thriving RYA training centre. Not only on the water sailing stages, but powerboat and safety boat instruction. Together with RYA First aid and shore-based Coastal Navigation courses running in the SYC Chart Room. SYC have established and adapted Daily Risk assessments to enable racing to continue in this litigious world. This is another area in which our national governing body, the RYA, provide essential guidance.
We believe that what makes SYC such an enjoyable sailing venue is that the elevated position of the Club House above the Estuary gives spectacular spectator viewing. The Club has a wonderful vantage point of the start and finish line. The wind shifts and tidal changes can often be seen from the well elevated terrace adding to the enjoyment of watching the race develop. Everyone can be an expert sailor from the safety of dry land! Our challenge going forward is where to berth more boats as the Batson Boatpark is full!
Amongst our membership we have many past National and World Champions. Please see below the Roll of Honour.
Notably our racing hero Alec Stones (Solo National and World Champion) still enjoys, to this day, watching the weekends racing from the Portlemouth shore.
And of course the Club has a very active social side with a beautiful bar overlooking the estuary serving the cheapest pint in town! We have monthly curry nights, themed suppers, skittles league, rambles, talks and much much more - just take a look at our calendar for all upcoming events