Bembridge Sailing Dinghy Club

Supported Sailing (Members Only) – 2 hour sessions at £5:

Monday 28th October 2019. Meet at 09:30 for 10:00 on the water.
Tuesday 29th October 2019. Meet at 10:00 for 10:30 on the water.
Wednesday 30th October 2019. Meet at 10:30 for 11:00 on the water.

Thursday 31st October – Friday 1st November 2019 RYA Powerboat Level 2. Start time is 09:00hrs each day.

Dates for your diary 2020:

2020 CADET WEEK DATES (may be subject to change)

Cadet Week 1 – Sun 19th to Thur 23rd July 2020. Briefing Sat 18th July at 16:00hrs

Cadet Week 2 – Sun 2nd Aug to Thur 6th Aug 2020. Briefing Sat 1st Aug at 16:00hrs

Cadet Week 3 – Mon 17th to Fri 21st Aug 2020. Briefing Sun 16th Aug 16:00hrs

Shrimps Week incorporating ‘Sailing is Fun‘ for 6-7yrs – Mon 24th to Thu 27th Aug. Briefing Sun 23rd Aug at 15:00hrs

Salamander Ball – Fri 31st July 2020

Please note: Any accompanying parent wishing to use the Club facilities during Cadet Weeks must also become a Temporary Member. For more details on Temporary Membership, please click here.

 

The Bembridge Optimist Association became an integrated part of the BSDC at the end of 2008 and comprises the junior section of the Club; expanding the BSDC which today caters for those aged 8 to 17.

The BSDC continues to be run as a sub-set of the Bembridge Sailing Club by its Captain and a Committee of volunteers, largely drawn from parents with children of Cadet age, who have individual responsibility for the many facets of the Dinghy Club both on and off water.

Victoria Wilson took over as Captain of the BSDC at the end of the 2017 season.

Jerry Summers was appointed as the clubs Chief Instructor in March 2018.

The BSDC owns a growing dinghy fleet which is available for the Cadets to use during the season.

Our top sailors have been competing in the Cowes Dinghy Regatta at Gurnard (the pinnacle of a Cadet’s sail training prior to becoming an Instructor) every July since 2005. In addition some of our cadets have sailed at National and World Sailing Events.

 

A Little Bit of BSDC History

The BSDC was inaugurated in 1925 for 10 to 18 year olds.
The first Captain was Charlie Ricardo, the Hon Treasurer was Ralph Gore and David Niven was the Hon Secretary. They attracted 27 members in the first year and they sailed the Bembridge Dinghy – a 12 foot, clinker-built dinghy with a mast stepped forward in the boat and a mainsail.

After the war, the Club started up again sailing the pre-war Bembridge Dinghies, as new boats were unobtainable. The subscription was 10 shillings and members of the BSDC were limited to the area that we now use as the Scow Park, where they had their own Club House.  They were not allowed into the Club premises until they reached the age of 18!  They had daily races organised by the Club Captain, Miss Evelyn Moreton.

In the early 1950s, they eventually graduated to sailing Scows.  There were no courses or formal training, there was simply a daily race, which was started from a shore-based starting box positioned on top of the HMS Victory mast that ran along the front edge of the dinghy park.
Everything was done on a purely voluntary basis and safety boats were almost unheard of!

In the early 1960s, there were often 30 or more boats out racing (split into 3 classes A, B & C) and more often than not, the only safety boat was “Poof” Samuelson in “Puffin”.
For the older age group, there was regular racing initially in Fireflys and then 420s, which they often sailed to Whitecliff Bay.

In the early 1970s, interest in the BSDC waned to such an extent that the Club went into hibernation, emerging again in 1987 under the leadership of Peter Samuelson and June Mackinnon.

Meanwhile, in January 1977, Harry Porter hosted a meeting of parents with children aged 9-16 and the idea of holding a ‘Pony Club Camp’ on water was agreed and ‘Cadet Week; was born.
It launched a new approach to Cadet sailing and was held as a joint venture with BHYC until 1996.  It was run by an independent Committee with the Cadets sailing Scows and Mirrors.
Pepe Stratton, Peter Romer-Lee, Linda Janson, David Cockburn and Billy Fortescue were some of the original instructors and Rory Musker used his launch to ferry Cadets between the Clubs and Under Tyne.
A great many friendships were made between the two Clubs. However in 1997, BHYC decided to start their own Dinghy Week, so Cadet Week was subsumed by the BSDC.

Peter Truman introduced Laser Week to the BSDC in 1991. Twenty eight Cadets from the BSDC and BHYC joined together with William James as their Chief Instructor.  It was fun, but strictly run and any misdemeanour was met with press-ups on the slipway as punishment!

Six Laser 3000s, sponsored by parents, were bought in 1998 and became the top racing dinghy for Cadets; they were sold in 2008.

A fleet of 6 RS Fevas was introduced in 2012 as the new double-handed RYA pathway boat for Cadets.

Today, the BSDC continues to be run as a sub-set of the BSC by its Captain and a Committee of volunteers, largely drawn from parents with children of Cadet age, who have individual responsibility for the many facets of the Dinghy Club both on and off water.

The Bembridge Optimist Association became an integrated part at the end of 2008 and now forms the junior section.  BSDC therefore now caters for the 8 to 17 old age group.

Mrs Victoria Wilson took over as Captain of the BSDC at the end of the 2017 season.

The BSDC owns 2 RS Feva’s, 2 Topaz’s, 4 Fusions 7 Optimists, 2 Lasers and numerous RIBs.

Our top sailors have been competing in the Cowes Dinghy Regatta at Gurnard (the pinnacle of a Cadet’s sail training prior to becoming an Instructor) every July since 2005.  In addition some of our cadets have sailed at National and World Sailing Events.
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