Dalgety Bay Sailing Club is situated on the north shore of the Firth of Forth approximately 3 miles East of the Forth Rail Bridge. The club lies in its own extensive coastal grounds complete with a high tide access harbour.
We are structured as a Limited Company Limited by Guarantee, based in Dalgety Bay in Fife, who sail dinghies and keelboats on the River Forth and whose aim is to promote sailing for all and ensure that water sports are an accessible and fun part of the sports community.
From very humble beginnings we have since 1972 progressed from a small garden shed (The Green Hut), based on the shore of the river, to a self built clubhouse with training facilities, race starters hut, galley, function room ,shower facilities to allow Regatta competitors and sailing trainees to be fed and watered after a long cold day on the River Forth. All of this has been funded by members and the vast majority of works carried out unpaid by the members volunteering for all sort of duties….pleasant or otherwise.
Dalgety Bay Sailing Club has operated a Royal Yachting Association Recognised Teaching Establishment. Club members give their time to train and assist newcomers to the sport – particularly children – and encourage them to participate in club racing. Racing a sailing dinghy is an exciting challenging activity, which without doubt promotes personal fitness. The best sailors are agile and have sufficient stamina to hike out, ie. balance the dinghy against the wind for quite long periods.
Over the last thirty years we would estimate our instructors have trained over one thousand kids, and adults, to sail dinghies with many progressing to our Scottish Sailing Squad, employment within the sailing and watersport industries as well as those who have now trained as club instructors themselves, having been trained in the club as kids. We have a fantastic club ethos with close links between really active members.
You do not need to be well off to come sailing at Dalgety Bay SC. For Youth members an annual fee of around £40 is charged. The club has a fleet of some 27 dinghies that young people can be trained in and use by themselves when they have reached an adequate standard. We have top class sailors at the club who compete at an international level, are who more than ready to share their skill and enthusiasm with these youngsters.
Our grounds, where we store all of our dinghies, keelboats ,safety boats and form where we launch the boats into the river from our slipways were originally leased, and then purchased outright for one penny, from a local developer.
The clubhouse itself has unrivalled views out over the river to Edinburgh and the Forth Bridges. The grounds have ample car parking space and all year dinghy and yacht parking.
Access to the water is via two slipways and a jetty. A rescue boathouse is situated at the high tide level and makes easy work of deploying the club’s six rescue craft. The starter’s hut overlooks the race area and provides excellent visibility to the race officer for racing and rescue duties.
During the sailing season, dinghy racing takes place on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Junior and adult training takes place on Tuesday evenings and Keelboat racing takes place on Friday evenings. In addition to regular club racing, DBSC hosts several major regattas each year for both dinghies and keelboats.
The large clubhouse offers a lounge bar, changing rooms. An attractive decking area has recently been added, overlooking the water.
The clubhouse and bar is open 7pm-10pm, Tuesday-Friday, noon – 10pm Saturday and 1pm-8pm Sunday. During the sailing season the bar is open from 6.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
Non-Member guests must be signed in by a Club member and guests are allowed to visit up to four times per year after which they would be expected to apply for membership.