contender

The Club

Pevensey Bay Sailing Club is a non-profit making club run by its members who comprise of dinghy sailors and windsurfers. A vibrant and friendly club with around 350 members of all ages. Please see the Exec Structure 2013 or download here pdf

The clubhouse is situated on a very quiet section of coastline between Eastbourne Sovereign Harbour and Pevensey Bay with access via a private road. Facing the sea just above the high water mark, the club has private beaches and its own large car park .

Club Facilities

The club offers changing facilities with hot showers, a galley that serves anything from a quick snack to a full lunch and a well stocked bar. There is a large clubroom and a balcony facing the sea where members can relax and watch the activities on the water. We also have a training area with audio/visual equipment to assist in the teaching of sailing and racing skills.

Dinghies can be kept in a dinghy park, which is only a few metres from the sea. Sailboards and dinghy sails can be stowed on racks in a secure container, subject to availability. Electric winches are provided to ease the task of hauling dinghies up the beach.

The club owns a number of boats available for hire to members. These range from Toppers, Picos, RS Feva, Laser 2000 and Dart Catamarans.

Adjacent to the car park is a large grassed area where members are permitted to pitch tents at the weekend.

Club Sailing Events

At weekends members are able to free sail or join in the handicap races. Racing is open to all ability levels and many free sailors start racing by tagging on to the end of the fleet and then become hooked! See our Sailing Programme page.

Sail Training

Within the club is Pevensey Bay Sailing Academy. This is an RYA Recognised Training Establishment (RTE) which offers courses run by a team of qualified instructors on weekday evenings for club members. See link to our Learn to Sail page

On Saturdays there is supervised cadet sailing for the children of family members.

Safety Cover

The club owns four safety boats to provide cover for all sailors. These include two large and two small RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boats) that are easy to launch. While racing is in progress, during cadet sailing on Saturday and during training courses, at least one safety boat is always on the water. At other times a safety boat is made ready for launch at a moments notice should a member (or non-member come to that) get into difficulties. From time to time, the club organises certified Power Boat courses to ensure that most members are competent to helm a safety boat.

Championships and Open Meetings

The club is recognised for its ability to lay on major sailing events and to provide highly qualified race officers. We host open meeting and championships for various dinghy classes about three times a year.

Social Events

The club organises a number of social events throughout the sailing season for members and their guests. The highlights are typically a Summer Ball, a Halloween Party and a Laying Up Dinner. These are augmented by various quiz and games nights, disco and many an ad-hoc barbecue on balmy Saturday evenings in mid-summer. Special events and parties are also laid on for the children.

One particular sailing + social event, very popular with family members, is Sea Week held in August. This is basically a summer camp when families camp in the club grounds and water sports events are organised each day for children and adults.

For full details of forth-coming social events, please go to the Social Calendar page.

Affiliations

Pevensey Bay Sailing Club is a member of the Royal Yachting Association and the East Sussex Coastal Sailing Federation (ESCSF) which comprises Sussex coastal clubs between Rye and Seaford. Member clubs take it in turn to host an annual regatta in which ESCSF clubs compete for the Federation Cup.

Membership

The club welcomes sailors of all ages and abilities. Individual, Husband and Wife (or partners) and Family memberships are available. Family memberships are actively encouraged, with the younger family members invited to take part in the Saturday supervised cadet sailing.

For further details and joining information, see the join our club page. Please feel free to download our PBSC brochure