Sailing for all ages and abilities

St. Andrews Sailing Club Covid-19 Phase 2 activities 

An update on phase 2 with one or two small changes we are making at the club. We are still following RYAS guidance and not having any club organised activities- restricting ourselves to individual informal sailing as an extension of recreational exercise. However, we can now allow members to hire out club dinghies for their exclusive use for a set period of time.  To do that you need to be able to comply with our guidance below, i.e. be self-sufficient and sure you can launch and recover your boat yourself, as well as being able to recover from a capsize or equipment failure yourself.  When using a club boat you should not go out if the forecast is for more than a force 3. There will be no safety cover, except on occasion (notified by WhatsApp and email), so you will need to be responsible for your own safety. Please see the guidance below.  If you wish to hire a club dinghy please email and we can allocate one to you. Charges will be equivalent to pre-lockdown rates and payment made electronically. 

You will also now be able to hire out a club kayak for your exclusive use for a set period. Please email to book and pay electronically. Otherwise, the arrangements for kayak use will remain as stated in the SOPS and subject to the guidance below. 

These arrangements will remain in place until 15 July when we are expecting to enter phase 3 and there may be further changes, including, hopefully, some organised club activity. Please note that the July training week on the sailing programme is cancelled.  We are hoping to run some training in early August, possibly week beginning 3 August, and will keep you updated about this. It may be that this is limited in terms of the experience level of those who can participate and numbers, but we will let you know as soon as we can.

In the meantime please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any feedback or queries.

Vice Commodore Sailing

Permitted Activity:

  • Sailing your own dinghy

  • Hiring a club dinghy for your sole use for set period if the wind is a force 3 or below

  • Paddling your own kayak

  • Hiring a club kayak for your sole use for a set period

  • Informal sailing and kayaking

  • Provided you follow RYAS/government guidance including on social distancing (2m), social gatherings (max 8 people 2 households), travel (broadly within 5 miles of home) and hygiene

Access to the Yard and Container:

  • By coded padlock

  • Codes sent out by email to those with boats and kayaks

Sailing & Kayaking Considerations:

  • There will be no safety cover except where notified that the club RIB is to be launched

  • You are responsible for your own safety

  • Only sail or kayak singly or as a same household crew

  • Be self-sufficient and sure you can recover from a capsize or equipment failure

  • Take proper precautions e.g. know the forecast, have a plan, use righting lines, masthead floats, stay within limits of ability, sail with a buddy, limit your sail area, check insurance

  • Make someone ashore aware of your sailing plan - use Club WhatsApp or RYA SafeTrx

Sailing Programme

  • Club Sailing Programme 2020 suspended until further notice.

Contact and Suggestions:

  • Please let us have your feedback and suggestions for improvement by contacting us. 

Not Permitted:

  • Using Club dinghies unless hired for sole use

  • Using Club kayaks unless hired for sole use

  • Using Club equipment including buoyancy aids and wetsuits

  • Accessing the Clubhouse including changing rooms and toilets

  • Accessing the garage


  • Bring disposable gloves and disinfectant

  • Disinfect the gate, containerm padlocks, hose, tap and any other common touch points with disinfectant before and after use.

  • Disinfect club kayak, dinghies, RIB and RIB equipment before and after use.


  • Don’t visit if there is any risk you have or have had covid-19

  • Arrive at the club ready to go on the water

  • Be mindful and considerate of others

  • Ensure physical distancing in the yard, and when launching and recovering on the beach

  • Read and understand the RYAS/ government guidance.

  • Stay safe!

Safety Boat Use:

  • One club RIB moored in harbour

  • Same household to crew to drive RIB

  • Crew qualified as per club safety guidelines

  • Keys/kill cords/first aid/flares in yard container

  • Each household RIB crew issued with one radio to keep at home when not in use

  • Use techniques that avoid close contact wherever possible e.g. tow astern and not alongside, lift mast to to help right

  • Make someone ashore aware of plane - use Club WhatsApp or RYA SafeTr


St. Andrews Sailing Club is based in the old lifeboat shed on the East Sands and was formed in 1957. The club sails several times a week with training taking place on Tuesday evenings and club sailing and racing taking place on Thursdays and Saturdays or Sundays. The club has 21 boats for training and to hire so you don’t need your own boat to get on the water. The club also runs first aid, day skipper theory and powerboat courses.

 We are a family friendly club and welcome all, be they beginners or competent sailors- juniors from 9yrs old to –any age. There are many members who started sailing with us at a quite “mature age”!  We aim to get you on the water and to enjoy it.


St. Andrews Sailing Club offers, Sailing, Powerboating, First Aid, Day Skipper and Radio Courses. Click below to find out more about what is on offer.


With breathtaking views over St. Andrews bay find out more about renting the clubhouse for a private event.


Check out the season's sailing programme.



Woodburn Pl, St Andrews KY16 8LA, UK


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