Spotlight on Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club
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Founded in 1935, Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club (BCSC) is a small, friendly club with two club houses.
One away from the water in St Marychurch is open all year and is the focus of social activities and is used regularly by the local community and its groups.
The beach club house and boat park is on the award-winning Oddicombe beach, accessible by the Cliff Railway or via Oddicombe Beach Hill.
Affiliated to the RYA, BCSC provides, supports and develops affordable sailing activities and opportunities for beginners and experienced sailors of all age groups and abilities.
The club has more than 20 club boats so there is plenty of choice for all sailors regardless of age or experience.
Many of the 300 members take part in the water-based activities as a sailor, volunteer or both.
Over the last three years, the sailing membership, including juniors, has doubled so the club has a wide range of age and sailing experience.
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The sailors take part in regional, national and world championships and they were due to hold their 194th regatta this year. There is a strong kayak section with around 40 members.
BCSC's sailing programme, led by vice commodore Steve Norman, includes three weekly sessions in the sailing season, March to October, including race evenings and weekend social sailing sessions.
BCSC instructors run the club's own RYA-accredited training for adults and juniors with courses in dinghy sailing and power/safety boats. On Friday evenings the club works under the RYA OnBoard banner to offer formal training for the juniors.
The club also offers a number of taster sessions throughout the year.
Adrian Mark, commodore, said club plans for 2020 have been suspended due to Covid-19. However, they are gearing up to reopen as soon as they think it's safe to do so.
While closed, the club has taken the opportunity to freshen up the beach club house and the club's dinghies so they are ready to welcome members old and new back on to the water. Longer term, the club plans to refurbish the building substantially to support the club's growing sailing activities going forwards.
For more information and to contact BCSC please see the club's website www.babbacombe-sc.com