Sailing for all ages and abilities

St. Andrews Sailing Club Covid-guidance from October 2020

We are delighted to have been able to get back out on the water again and start training before the season comes to an end. In line with changing guidance from RYAS, Sport Scotland and the government we have amended our Club operating rules. Please have a read of these before taking part in any Club activity and make sure you are comfortable with them. There is a short summary of the main provisions below. We've a booking system now for all activities, kayaking and sailing so please book and pay in advance before you arrive at the Club. 

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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