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Welcome to the Seafarers Sailing Club website.

Seafarers Sailing Club is a small, friendly club formed to encourage the sport of dinghy sailing by the provision 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.

WebSite Updates

Programme updated.
Committee page updated.
Results, Events, Notices and Programme updated.
Training Team updated.
Events and Notices updated.
Gallery (1986-90) updated.
Results updated.
Results and Gallery updated.
Events updated.
Gallery (1989) updated.
Gallery (1988) updated.
Corf Camp updated.
Results updated.
Events updated.
Events and Programme updated.
Notices updated.
Cruise Reports, Gallery and Results updated.
Gallery updated.
Results updated.
Committee updated.
Events and Results updated.
Events updated.
Results updated.
Events and Notices updated.
About SSC updated.
Programme and Gallery updated.

Forthcoming Events

Sunday 18, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November - Frostbite Series
The Frostbite Series began on Saturday 3rd November. Duty crews have been nominated for the first five races but not for races 6 to 8. For these races, volunteers will be required to act as OOD, DOOD, PBD, PBC and TD. If you are willing to help, please add your name to the list in the clubhouse or email Nathan, the .

Sunday 18 November - Frostbite 6 versus Gosport Half Marathon
Frostbite 6 is scheduled for Sunday 18th November. Those intending to help or to take part need to be aware of possible access problems.
The 2018 Gosport Half Marathon is also being run on the morning of 18th November. The Half Marathon Course comprises two loops both of which pass along Salterns Road behind the Club and the promenade in front of the Club.
Salterns Road is to be closed for the duration of the race between its junction with Monks Hill Public Car and its junction with Crofton Lane. There will be access from Crofton Lane to Salterns car park but this will be controlled. If travelling by car, it would be wise to arrive early to allow for possible access and parking problems.
The race starts at Bay House School at 10:00am. The first runners could be passing Seafarers from about 10:15am. There will then be a steady stream of runners going along the prom. It would be prudent to get all dinghies and the patrol boat on the beach by 10:10am.
As the race progresses the runners will string out. Thus there should not be a problem getting the boats back up over the promenade at the end of the race. There will be marshals in attendance along the prom.

Tuesday 20 November - An evening with Geoff Holt MBE DL

Geoff Holt
Geoff Holt MBE DL is a record-breaking disabled yachtsman and adventurer. He was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984 and uses a wheelchair. In 1995 Geoff became the inaugural Chairman of RYA Sailability, a role he held for six years. In 2007 he became the first disabled person to sail single-handed around Great Britain. In 2009 he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean unassisted. He was awarded an MBE for Services to Disabled Sailing in 2010 and named as the YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year shortly after. He was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 2012. He is a Board director of the RYA and a Council member of the RNLI. He is patron and ambassador for several charities for people with disabilities.
Geoff has 20 years experience in marketing and PR working for international accountancy firms. He holds a degree in Antiques and Auctioneering. He is the author of Walking on Water and is a professional speaker. Geoff is currently planning to sail around the world.
Geoff conceived, and is the driving force behind, the Wetwheels Project. Wetwheels builds disabled people’s confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats from centres within local communities. The Committee is considering making Wetwheels the Club Charity for 2019.
Geoff Holt will be at Seafarers on Tuesday 20th November to give a talk about his life and about WetWheels. The event will begin at 8pm and is expected to continue for about two hours. There is no charge for this event. However, places will be limited so, to ensure you have a seat, please book on WebCollect. The bar will be open.

Friday 30 November - Coffee Morning
Come to the clubhouse between 11am and midday to enjoy excellent company, as much freshly brewed filter coffee or tea as you can drink and as many biscuits (some gluten-free) as you can eat, all for a mere 50p.

Friday 30 November - Boats out of Compound

Membership Secretary

If you have not paid for all-year parking, please be reminded that your boat needs to be removed by Friday 30th November. If you want to avoid being chased by the Membership Secretary, then you should plan to remove your boat from the compound before the end of this month.

If, on the other hand, you would prefer to leave your boat at the club and avoid tripping over it in your drive all winter, then contact the who will happily assist with the necessary 'paperwork' to transfer you to all-year parking.

Saturday 1 December - Prize Giving and Laying Up Supper

Prize Giving

The Club's major end-of-season event for Members Only. See who's won the prizes - then enjoy a superb meal.
Have you won a prize? Check out the 2018 Results.
Did you take home a trophy last year? If so, please return it now so that it is available for the 2018 winner. Not sure, look at the list of 2017 Prize Winners.
Prize Giving is free (no need to book) and starts promptly at 7.00pm.

You will need to book via WebCollect for the meal which starts at 8.00pm. This will include a main course (green salad, jacket potato and chilli or vegetarian option) and a selection of tasty desserts. £10 per adult, £6 per cadet. Closing date is Tuesday 27th November.

Tuesday 18 December - Christmas Draw

It's the final Tuesday before Christmas - get into the Christmas spirit by coming down to the clubhouse to see if you have won a prize in the grand Christmas Draw.  There'll be mulled wine and a mince pie to help you enjoy the evening which is for Members only.
You can purchase (more) Draw tickets on the night; each entry (square) costs a mere 50 pence. Remember, you have to be in it to win it! All profits go toward Club funds.
At our AGM meeting on 6th November, representatives of the RNLI sold £160 worth of Christmas cards, 2019 calendars and diaries and other seasonal gifts - a very good result for the RNLI and wonderful generosity on the part of our members. If you missed the chance to buy your Christmas cards, etc, please note that they will be on sale again at the Christmas Draw.

Monday 31 December - New Year's Eve Party

After an eight year interval the Seafarers are having a party to welcome in the New Year. Join us for a fun family evening with some fantastic games - with prizes. What better way to see in 2019 than in the company of good friends.
American supper - everyone brings a small plate of food. A list of suggested food will be circulated once the final numbers are in. The evening will start at 8:00pm. £3 per adult, £1 per cadet. Book via WebCollect - closing date is Tuesday 11th December.
(The photograph shows Seafarers, including four current members, celebrating New Year's Eve in 1988 ie 30 years ago!)


Bar Opening Over Winter
For December, January, February and March, Sunday bar opening will be restricted to the first Sunday of each month except when there is a special event eg Commodore's At Home (24th February). The bar will continue to open from 8pm to 10:30pm on Tuesday evenings except 25th December (Christmas Day). If in doubt, check the Social Programme.

Club Merchandise - Beanies
In mid September the following items of 'Club Merchandise' became available :
  • Polo Shirts (Men's and Women's) from £12
  • Musto Polo Shirts from £50
  • Hoodies (Zip and Pullover) from £27
  • Gilets from £32
Last month the following were added :
  • Women's T-Shirts from £12
  • Unisex Pro Sweatshirts from £16
  • Girlie Sweatshirts from £18
The following items have now been added to the range of clothing available (click link for details):
The Beanies come with a Seafarers Pennant and in a choice of colours.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the above items, go to the WebCollect Home page and click on Club Merchandise. Select the page(s) of the item(s) you want and place your order(s). If you have any questions please contact Debbie Woolnough, the Club's .

New SOP and Rules
With one small amendment, changes proposed to the Club's SOP were approved at the AGM held on Tuesday 6th November. The primary aim of the changes was to remove and redistribute the Club's Byelaws. A secondary aim was to formalise the status of the SOP. A copy of the revised SOP - which contain the latest approved version of the Club Rules - can be downloaded from Club Documents. (Remember, you have to sign in to WebCollect to access this area.)

Committee Members and other Key Personnel - New Faces
Members of the Committee and Members with Special Responsibilities for the coming year were elected at the 2018 AGM. New faces will be filling the posts of Rear Commodore, Honorary Secretary and Newsletter Editor. Names, photographs and email addresses can be found on the website Committee Page.