About Us

Eastbourne is one of the sunniest towns on the south coast. Sailing can be undertaken at all states of the tide with no obstructions to worry about and Eastbourne has long been known to annually win the Blue Flag for sea quality and clean beaches. Sailing occurs during Wednesday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday. The programme for Saturdays is to help and encourage people to get afloat and that includes mentoring and training where applicable. Check out the rest of the website for the full sailing programme, amenities and opportunities including our annual cardboard box race which takes place at the begin of our family sailing week.

Socials

Great importance is placed on the social ambience of the club and to that effect many events are arranged throughout the year with active member participation being encouraged. The events are many and varied ranging from game and quiz evenings, BBQs and discos to trips to the local Bowling Alley or Theatres. The year starts in style with the fitting out supper and ends with the laying up supper normally held at the Hydro Hotel. Other popular events include the Children’s Christmas Party and buffet and Pimms on the Prom. Check out our social events page for more information on upcoming events.

The Club House

The club house provides a wide range of facilities. These include male and female changing rooms, showers, disabled access, and a sun-drenched balcony that overlooks the beach and sailing area. The club canteen is open on weekends and Wednesday evenings during the sailing season providing hot and cold snacks. The club also hosts a fully stocked bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages providing the perfect place to unwind after a perfect day’s sailing and share your days experiences. The bar is also an ideal location to get sailing tips from some of the best sailors in the country.

Training

Training Courses complete with club owned boats are run May to September enable a complete beginner to learn basic sailing techniques and acquire enough sailing experience to judge if sailing is for them. Although a charge is made for this training and equipment use (excluding academy members) the true cost is heavily subsidised by the existing membership to actively encourage potential new sailing members to the club. The club owns a fleet of Pico’s and Toppers, two Laser’s and a Laser Vago. This wide range of boats allows us to run a varied range of courses throughout the year including improver courses specializing on one aspect of sailing as the demand is needed. The motorboats are available during organised sailing days and are primarily used for laying marks, assisting with race management and training and being available to any member requiring assistance.

Sailing

The main range of boats sailing at the Club include, Pico, Topaz, Topper, Laser, RSVareo, RS400, Contender, International Moth, RS800, dinghies and Dart16, Spitfire, A-class and F18 catamarans. As well as handicap events, we run class racing, where any class with at least 4 different boats taking part during a particular series can obtain class status. Racing is run almost every Sunday between March and Christmas, and Wednesdays throughout the summer. From beginners to sailing, those learning to race, and European Champions, all the competitors enjoy this side of the sport followed by the un-official evaluation round the bar afterwards.

Spitfire Gary and Lynn

Motorboats

Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club owns four motorboats. At least one motorboat is always on station when training or club racing is taken place. Seahorse a Cheetah Marine 5.5M catamaran with twin 50hp Four Stoke Suzuki outboards being a catamaran it provides a very stable platform to run committee boat starts and provide support in almost any weather condition. A side door allows easy access and recovery for the water.

Our new RIB, Legacy, was originally used as a support boat during the London 2012 Olympics in Weymouth. After some fundraising by club members and a grant from Sport England, Legacy joined the clubs fleet at the end of 2012. Legacy is a 5.85m “Ribcraft” RIB powered by a 90bph Suzuki outboard, specifically built for the Olympic sailing event it is perfectly suited as a support boat for dinghy sailing.
She will eventually be taking over from Dolphin and will be the primary RIB used for the clubs training and coaching.

Dolphin is a 4 metre rib with a 50hp four stoke Suzuki outboard. It’s high movability and rubber sides makes it ideal to support capsized boats.
Sceptre is a small RIB launched off the club beach to support training.

Share