The club operates throughout the whole year, with January being the only month without any planned sailing. The sailing is planned around racing when safety cover is provided, however members can choose to participate in the races laid on, or just free sail during these times.
The year starts in February, for the hardy sailors, with the “Spring Splash” series running on Sunday mornings from 11:00am during February and March.
The main season gets underway on the last weekend in March with races scheduled for Sunday mornings (from 11:00am) and afternoons (from 2:00pm) running until the last weekend in October.
During the summer months (April though August from 7:00pm) the club jointly runs Wednesday evening racing with Tynemouth.
The year is completed with a “Frostbite” series running on Sunday mornings from 11:00am during November and December, with the final festive sailing day of the year taking place on Boxing Day.
During the summer the club also organises open days, fun days, youth events, and a regatta weekend which is a two day competition open to club members and visitors alike. The event is generally held in the open waters of the North Sea outside the piers.
The club has a dedicated training room with overhead projector and whiteboards / flipcharts which provides instructors the ideal environment.
The club is an Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Champion Club and recognised training centre and can offer members courses in dinghy sailing, power boating, safety boat, and first aid. Courses utilise the training room and are provided by RYA qualified instructors, the majority of which are current club members.
The North East Rehion RYA also uses the club facilities for dinghy instructor & coach courses.
The club was formed in 1957 and is wholly operated and managed by the membership. Over the years the club has been the home to most types of sailing dinghy or catamaran. All dinghies are welcome, however the current dominant fleets are Toppers, RS Fevas, Wayfarers, Lasers, Phantoms, RS400s, and Hobie 16s.
The club is situated on the south side of the river Tyne adjacent to the Groyne at Littlehaven beach.
The clubhouse has continued to be developed over the years and now provides members with excellent facilities including:-
A large lounge / function room with a licensed bar located upstairs
Upstairs & downstairs changing facilities with a plentiful supply of hot water showers
A training classroom with overhead projector, suitable for internal & external courses
Disabled facilities including changing room and lift to provide access to all floors
A kitchen / galley with a wet seating area to allow refreshments to be consumed without the need to change out of sailing gear
Secure garages used to store the safety boats and maintenance equipment, as well as the club tractor used to launch the safety boats
Club dinghies available for hire to members (two man and single handed)
The public concrete launch ramp provides members with sheltered launching facilities with direct access to the sailing area within the Tyne Harbour, and the larger area of Marsden and Cullercoats bays beyond the piers.
Either side of the launch ramp the club has two compounds which provide members and visitors with secure locked storage for their boats. The South Tyneside Council Water Activity Centre also shares the east compound.
In recent years the club has successfully hosted national and regional championships, and is regularly used by the regional RYA for instructor training and events.
The 3rd South Shields Sea Scouts are also affiliated with the club providing youngsters the opportunity to start sailing from an early age.
South Shields Open and Solution Travellers
Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May 2015
South Shields Sailing Club
Organizing Authority: South Shields Sailing Club
NOTICE OF RACE
1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2 Competitors should note that South Shields SC implements the RYA Racing Charter and that they will be required to undertake to sail in compliance with the Charter, which can be found at the front of the RYA rule book (Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 - 2016).
2 ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY
2.1 The race is open to all monohull and catamaran dinghies with a PY of 1385 (Mirror) and below.
2.2 Eligible boats may enter at registration on the day or by completing the entry form available from the South Shields Sailing Club website and submitting the entry fee.
2.3 Parent/Guardian Declarations: All helms and crews under 18 years of age during the event shall submit signed Parent/Guardian Declarations either by post or at registration.
Entry fees are as follows:
Adults: £10 per boat
Under 18: £5 per boat
4.1 Registration: from 10:00 on Saturday 30th May.
4.2 There will be three races back to back to back on Saturday starting at 13:00. Two race on Sunday starting at 11:30.
5 SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
The sailing instructions will be available at registration.
6 PENALTY SYSTEM
The exoneration penalty and the advisory hearing and RYA arbitration of the RYA Rules
Disputes Procedures will be available.
Prizes will be awarded according to the number of entries.
8 RIGHTS TO USE NAMES & LIKENESSES
Competitors automatically grant to the organizing authority without payment the right in perpetuity to make, use and show any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television of or relating to the event.
9 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Competitors are entirely responsible for their own safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing reduces this responsibility. It is for competitors to decide whether their boat and its helm and crew are fit to sail in the conditions that they might find. By launching or going to sea competitors confirm their boat is fit for those conditions and that they are competent to sail and compete in them. Nothing done by the organizers can reduce the responsibility of the owners and/or competitors, nor will it make the organizers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the racing. The organizers encompass everyone helping to run the event and include the organizing authority, race committee, race officer, safety officer, patrol boat personnel and beach masters. The provision of patrol boats does not relieve owners and competitors of their responsibilities.
Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £2million per event or the equivalent.
11 FURTHER INFORMATION
Web Site: www.soshields-sailing.co.uk