Want the latest from the TBSC News Blog....news letter signup

Best Push The Boat Out Ever…!!

This year was the Best Push The Boat Out Ever…!!

A fantastic and well organised PTBO at Tankerton Bay Sailing Club took place on Sunday 14th May, with in excess of 50 new sailors taking to the water on Dart 15’s and 18’s, Lasers, and Toppers, as well as 4 sailors being trained to RYA Level 1 on the 2 day course also being held over that weekend at the RYA Training Centre. Also, with the help of a Sport England grant, we were very pleased to see the new RSCAT16 training cat and X-Pro 370 support boat afloat and being put through their paces.

Here are just a handful of the photos taken on the day..
To see more then go to the 2017 gallery page by clicking Here


TBSC had over 75 people in and around the club enjoying the superb views across the Bay, plus a lot more enjoying the fun from the beach. The BBQ was in full swing and with a family and friendly atmosphere, passer’s by were coming in and having a sail, many for the 1st time…..


Sport England Grant Application Successful…

Sport England Grant Application Successful

Sport England Grant Application Successful

Dear Member

I am delighted to inform you that our application to Sport England for funding to increase participation at TBSC has been successful and we have been awarded a grant of £10,000 to go towards the purchase of a new 2nd RIB and club catamaran to enable us to deliver, amongst other things, grass root training weekends and our popular taster sessions targeting new members. Additionally we’d aim to use the boats at ‘improver’ and social sailing sessions throughout the year. The Committee has still to finally settle on the type of boats that would best suit the club’s requirements, but with a fair wind we would hope to have them early in the sailing season; so probably April or May time would be my best guess at the moment.

I am really pleased that Sport England considered our ambitious plans for your club worthy of its support and am sure that the new boats will prove a great asset for TBSC, enabling us to hopefully grow our offer to the existing membership and at the same time broaden the club’s appeal to prospective new members. So on behalf of all members I would like to thank the Committee for all their work over the past two years in achieving this major goal in our development plan.

Here’s to a great season ahead, and I look forward to seeing you all again in just a few weeks’ time.

Ian Smith
Commodore, Tankerton Bay Sailing Club


2016 Laying Up Supper Tickets now on sale

Yes that’s right folks, the 2016 Laying Up Supper on Saturday 26th Novembera black-tie bash to see out the season in true style – is fast approaching and tickets are now on sale and selling fast.

Please see details and menu options attached, RSVP to me at social_secretary@tbsc.co.uk

Deadline for payment and menu choices will be in a couple of weeks, and all places are on a first-come first-serve basis. Any questions please do give me a shout.

Kindest regards



TBSC Kids and Parents Club

Anyone like to join a TBSC Kids and Parents Club

Because with all of the new family members that have recently joined, we think there might be a demand for a Kids and Parents Club at Tankerton Bay..??
Having chatted to various new family members, one issue that kept being raised was how to bring on the new child, or “cadet” members? Some already have a little experience, but just as many may have none at all. But one thing they have in common is that, being children, they need to be looked after whilst sailing on the open seas!
One option that has been suggested, and did get positive responses from the mums and dads, was the idea of a Tankerton Bay Kids and Parents Club. There are lots of details that need to be worked out, but the basic idea would be that for each child in the club, a parent would also need to be involved to help support the kids, so that there are enough adults to keep the kids supported and safe. Whether that be driving a support boat, helping to launch and recover the dinghies, or just manning the club bar….
There may be a need for some training for the parents before this can work and hopefully become self sufficient, but there’s also the possibility that there are mums and dads out there with RIB driving skills, or enough sailing ability to help the kids to improve their sailing skills.
So the first thing we need to do is find out if there is enough interest out there to get this off the ground.

Can we ask that everyone interested in joining a TBSC Kids and Parents Club, please register yours and your child’s details via this link. (N.B.) Even those who have already spoken to one of the committee members about this previously, please enter your details, so that we have all of the details in one place.


July Training Course Was Great Success

Tankerton Bay Sailing Club recently completed our 2nd ever training course as a recognised RYA Training Centre, and I have to report that the July Training Course Was a Great Success. Everyone that took part fed-back that the course was very good, and even though there was a severe lack of wind for the last part of day 2, we still managed to give the students some gybing practise, by means of 1 instructor standing in the water turning the boat around, and another sitting on the deck “swinging the boom back and forth”..!!
Here are some pictures of the successful students…to see more click here


Summers Eve Party…August 6th..


For those who haven’t yet seen the email, or poster, there is a fantastic Summers Eve Party planned for the coming Saturday August 6th, with ‘social sailing’ from 2pm, a BBQ between 5-7pm, and live music from 6pm…

summer party poster

For more details, please contact James Hills at social_secretary@tbsc.co.uk


Teaching Places Still Available July 16/17th

Any members who are interested in RYA Level-1 training, there are places still available July 16/17th. The course is over the 2 days of the weekend, starting at 09:30 and finishing at 5:30 on both days. Cost is £130 for club members and £150 for non members, which includes a £20 temporary 1-month club membership….
Anyone interested, please contact me at training@tbsc.co.uk or vice_commodore@tbsc.co.uk ASAP, as there are only 6 places…!!


Tankerton Bay Triumphs!

On Tuesday 14th June Tankerton Bay Sailing Club were visited by Steve Mitchell of the RYA for an inspection that would mean we could become an RYA Recognised Training Centre. It required several members of the club and committee to commit many hours of their own time over the last 18 months to reach this point. On the day this effort was supported by a fantastic turnout of members; some who weren’t able to attend even sending their family along to help, all in order to help make the inspection go as smoothly as possible.

Well that effort was finally rewarded, as the committee are pleased to announce that Tankerton Bay Sailing Club is now a recognised RYA Training Centre. In fact we are not just able to teach dinghy sailing, we have also been given accreditation to teach multihull sailing, something that makes us one of only a few clubs along the North Kent coast that are certified and has the equipment to offer this training.

Ian Smith/Mike Coleman
Commodore and Vice-Commodore, TBSC