Push The Boat Out – 12th May 2018

Come and join in the fun at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club on Saturday 12th May 2018.  There will be opportunities to get afloat in dinghies and keelboats.

This is offered as part of an initiative by RYA Scotland in coordination with other clubs and venues.  http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/push-the-boat-out/Pages/hub.aspx

Dalgety Bay sailing club want to show off their amazing venue and their fantastic sport so please get involved.

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If you prefer dry land there is plenty on offer ashore!

Pop on down to give sailing a go and find a new hobby.

To pre-book and secure your space, contact ptbo@dalgetybaysc.org

Dalgety Bay Sailing Club Radium Statement to Members – 19th February 2012

Dear Member

I felt the time right to update you on a number of key issues that surround the club and let you now where the club is presently and where we see ourselves going over the forthcoming year.

As you will be well aware from the media, and from recent club correspondence, the club is involved in issues with regard to Radium contamination of the foreshore surrounding the clubs grounds as well as within the confines of the clubs grounds itself.

The good news is that having taken advice from SEPA they have stated that it is safe to keep sailing and using the club grounds with the understanding that we follow the simple advice given that we do not remove any material from the foreshore, we wash our hands when we leave the foreshore and we observe good hygiene practices to minimise the risk of contamination from the foreshore.

In addition we have prepared a club based risk assessment to cover the launch and recovery of dinghies from the clubs slipways and this has been placed on our website, on a page dedicated entirely to safety.

We have submitted this risk assessment to SEPA for approval and they have deemed it appropriate and sufficient to allow us to access the water from the clubs three slipways and as such if we observe this methodology, and make sure our children are kept from the foreshore, then the risks of contamination are reduced to an acceptable level.

To this end we are happy to continue with club “business as usual” but observing the good practice as detailed on the signs surrounding the club and observing the clubs risk assessment for using the slipway to launch dinghies.

You will notice in the club calendar, placed on the website, that we are running two regattas this year however our first regatta shall be a members regatta to ensure that young children, unfamiliar with the need to observe the necessary hygiene practices, are not exposed to any possible risks.

We shall also be running the Tuesday training and it is scheduled that the Wednesday racing will take place as previous years and I do hope that members will support this in ensuring this is well attended . Should you wish to get involved please do contact us and we will do our best to make sure its an easy path to getting your feet wet.

Finally I am delighted to say that we shall be running our annual “Youth Week” where the younger members shall be training and honing their sailing skills during the summer holiday and I am sure you will all agree that this is one of the key areas of our club…encouraging new members to start sailing and ensuring that we have a good foundation in place to keep the club going from strength to strength in the forthcoming years.

To update you on where the club stands with regards to the Radium contamination you will be aware that high activity sources were found buried in the foreshore, adjacent to the East boundary between the club grounds and Fife council property .

It is now apparent that there are a number of further sources of Radium; one being under the headland , where the estuary is eroding the shoreline to the front of the clubhouse ,and another being the eroding edge located opposite the keel boat trailer park, adjacent to the pathway leading to the Ross plantation.

To give you a little more detail SEPA, who are responsible for the monitoring of the contamination as well as administering Government legislation, have carried out extremely thorough and detailed surveys of the majority of the clubs grounds and within the last year have further surveyed the foreshore, in great detail, as well as the headland to the front of the clubhouse, in an attempt to better understand the source and extent of the Radium and the manner in which it is being distributed along the foreshore. Additional monitoring has  been undertaken by the MoD contractor and this is to assist them in understanding the problem and coming up with a solution to the satisfaction of SEPA.

We have been in close contact with SEPA, MoD  and were recently visited by Gordon Brown MP and the Minister for Defence, Andrew Robothan. Having hosted a number of meeting between these parties, and also individually ,we are trying to lobby to have the situation addressed and the polluter clean u and make good the contamination.

Being part of the Dalgety Bay Forum group we also meet regularly with affected parties to make sure we are all aware of the latest issues and this will continue until a resolution is achieved

SEPA have declared that they deem the MOD as a “suitable person” effectively naming them as the main suspect in contaminating the area and are currently working with them to come up with a solution to address the issue and produce a plan to administer the solution to the satisfaction of SEPA and the club, as landowner. A draft plan has been submitted by MOD but was deemed as insufficient in detail by SEPA who are now working closely with MOD to assist them in achieving what SEPA see as a suitable proposal for remediation but it is however becoming apparent that the resolution will not be reached quickly and that the issue will affect our club for the forthcoming season and potentially longer.

I would hope that with club and political lobbying, continued pressure and co-operation with SEPA, that we can arrive at a solution which both reduces the issue of long term contamination and re-contamination to an acceptable level and allows the club to continue to flourish and provide excellent sailing facilities for all its members

Donald Adrain


February 2012

Halloween Parties – Volunteers Needed


Halloween is on the way and its time to dress up the kids, yourselves and come along and support the club on the 29th of October

There is an afternoon party for the kids (1pm kick off) and an evening party for the more mature “kids” (7.30pm kick off) ; fancy dress though optional is encouraged so no one turning up as a “sailor” please…a sure fire way to encouarge a test of your waterproofs vi bucket of cold water

….does not need to be fancy…I tend to favour the “cut two holes in a sheet” routine, sling it over your head and shout “WOOOooooooooo” at passers by… and Bobs your uncle.. or you could be more imaginative!!

We do however needs volunteers to help do the following prep works..and you get to… pick at the kids food like Wotsits, cakes etc and the banter will be sparkling

Saturday morning – food preparation and cooking
Saturday afternoon – decorating club
Saturday evening – serving punch and food and clearing up
Sunday morning – food preparation for kids party (just snacks)
Sunday afternoon – assist with kids party and games etc, also clearing up

Also if anyone can bake spooky cupcakes etc for the kids party that would be excellent.

Please do contact Cat on 07939140054……..she cannae do it all herself…..

30th July Special Saturday – “Midsummer Madness”

Please note that the original July ‘Special Saturday’ has been delayed until after Youth Week to ensure all the boats are in good condition for Youth Week.

The event will be novelty races in fancy dress from 2 pm, with a following BBQ from 5pm. Guests are welcome, but must be signed in at the bar.

Sail in your own boat, or use a club boat – But make sure you book with Stewart Moss: 07740205887

Yes midsummer was officially a month earlier – but midsummer in Dalgety Bay this year has been postponed for a month for the better weather – and it is MADNESS!

As ever, we encourage the use of club boats on Special Saturdays, and there will be safety cover, so come along for a sail, even if you don’t want to participate in the organised event (but prepare to be persuaded – it’s all for FUN).

For further info, contact Ian Baillie or Ian Renilson.

Click the thumbnail below to view the event poster.

Laser/ Topper/ Optimist & Novice Open Event – ‘Show-Case Event – Volunteer NOW’

This year we are again hosting a major Open Event for these classes on 21/22 May, and we expect over 100 boats!!! These are mostly youth classes, and sailors will be coming from all over Scotland. This is a very prestigious show-case event for these classes, and it is also a great opportunity for us to develop our own youth sailors and promote Dalgety Bay Sailing Club.

Firstly, I hope that all our Laser/ Topper/ & Optimist sailors will compete in the main fleet – it’s a great chance to get involved with a fantastic event on your home water.

Secondly, there is an opportunity for Novices to compete in a ‘Regatta Fleet’, which will be sailed nearer the shore to give a more light-hearted introduction to competitive sailing. This is open to all novices sailing in any class.

We plan to provide some coaching at this event, particularly in the Novice Fleet.

Thirdly, HELP!!!! Continue reading Laser/ Topper/ Optimist & Novice Open Event – ‘Show-Case Event – Volunteer NOW’

Laser / Topper / Optimist Regatta – 21st & 22nd May 2011

Open Meeting

Dalgety Bay Sailing Club is to host an Open Meeting on 21/22 May for the following Classes:

  • Laser
  • Laser Radial
  • Topper
  • Optimist

These are all singlehanded classes, mostly aimed at youngsters.

This is a very prestigious event, which will be attended by around 80 boats, many of whom are Scotland’s top and aspiring sailors. Continue reading Laser / Topper / Optimist Regatta – 21st & 22nd May 2011

December 2010 Mainsheet :: a look back on another great year of sailing

The latest edition of Mainsheet is now available:

We hope you enjoy reflecting on another great year of sailing at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club – with the reviews of dinghy classes and keelboats – as well as other highlights from 2010 including Youth Week and the annual prize-giving event.

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Fun Saturday 9th October: Novice Regatta

The next special Saturday will be held at the club on Saturday 9th October. Following on from the success of the regatta, this will be the next chance for our club novices to try their hand again at racing; alternatively, if you’re more experienced then why not bring along a friend you’ve always said you’d take for a sail sometime, or crew with your off-spring at the helm (if your nerves will stand it!)

This time the format will be more similar to the Sunday racing series as it will involve two afternoon races (and be free to enter!). However, like the novice regatta there will be a coach on the water to give you some tips. The emphasis of the races will be relaxed and fun. They will involve sailing around a short course close to the shore. The racing will start at 2pm so you’ll need to turn up about 1 hour before this Continue reading Fun Saturday 9th October: Novice Regatta