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East Dorset Sailing Club

East Dorset Sailing Club established in 1875

COVID-19 Procedures



Stay Alert, Please enter the club with caution and if you feel it is getting overcrowded then please leave.

Please read and adhere to the RYA Coronavirus (COVID 19) posters at the clubhouse

Please do not come to the club if you feel ill or show any symptoms of the virus

Members to keep 2m separation if possible from all other members, or a minimum of 1m. You are responsible for your own children and be certain that they observe social distancing.

Families > You may now meet up to six members outdoors but observe the distancing rules.

Sailing >  You may resume social sailing in single-handed dinghies or same family groups in larger dinghies or cruisers.

Sailing >  Please be aware that no safety cover is available. Consider the tide, wind strength and direction to take into account both yours and your boats abilities

Sailing >  Try buddy sailing while keeping social distancing. Use our Whatsapp group to advise others of your sailing plans, time out and expected time off the water.

Sailing > Perhaps this is a good time to sail with a handheld radio or get yourself a waterproof case for your telephone. Remember the RNLI cannot observe social distancing.

Slipway > Only one boat to be launched and recovered from the slipway at a time.

Slipway >  Please wait patiently your turn to launch or recover your dinghy while observing social distancing at all times.

Slipway >  Do not let anyone else touch your launching trolley. Tie your dinghy off onto the mooring buoys provided and then return your trolley tidily to your allocated place.

Yard >  Only members from the same household to work on or board a boat at a time.

Yard >  If you are using the storerooms to collect your boat equipment or an outboard, please use wipes to clean any surfaces you have touched.

Yard>   Do not park your car in the dinghy yard. Use the main parking area or park off site if there are no spaces.

Pier >  People walking OFF the pier have the right of way.

General >  After washing your dinghy down and returning it to your allotted space please wash your hands and use wipes to clean any surfaces you have touched.

Paddleboards > Kayak and paddleboards (inc other small craft) ARE permitted but please remove from the club when leaving.

Boats to yard > Please contact Tim Lewis (timglewis22@gmail.com) before bringing a boat to the yard for storage.

The Clubhouse>  The clubhouse and changing rooms are still closed according to government guidelines. This excludes the storerooms as above

The Clubhouse>  The downstairs toilets are cleaned on a daily basis. Use at your own discretion. Clean down after use. Wash your hands.


Do NOT bring visitors into the club. We cannot sign them in and we have a legal obligation for track and trace, to know who has been at our club, at any time.

You may now over-night stay on boats.

General Committee may suspend access during very busy periods (i.e. lock the IN gate)

You should not be using any craft if you cannot 1m separate (minimum) if not a member of a family/household group


General Information: We have moorings available for small cruisers and yachts up to 35′ for the 2020 season (April 1st to October 31st). We do not have any yard spaces available for masted dinghies however we do have a few rack dinghy spaces. We do not have facilities for motor boats, kayaks etc. We have 6 club dinghies: 2 family-sized Topper Argos, 2 Laser Picos, and 2 Toppers, which are all available for members to use on an annual or daily fee-paying basis during the sailing season, meaning that members don’t have to have their own boat in order to enjoy sailing from the club. And we have a car park!

50 shallow, channel edge and deep water moorings for yachts of all sizes up to 35′
35 Designated Dinghy Spaces (varying sizes)
50 outhauls for tenders plus toast rack for inflatables
2x Club Topper Argos
2x Club Laser Picos
2x Club Toppers
Storage lockers and Outboard store
Members carpark
Launching slipway
Large Clubhouse with bar and kitchen
Modern Changing Rooms with Shower Facilities
CCTV Security
Free WiFi


“Members of East Dorset Sailing Club have supported Bart’s Bash since its inception in 2014.  By doing so, we bring together our members to an event on and off the water.  When the race is completed we have a BBQ and open the bar and reflect on the fun we had on the water. Bart’s Bash is a catalyst for our club.  It is a fundraiser, a social event, a mixed ability race and a trophy for our junior members.  It is our flagship event of the season and every year it just gets better and better.”