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Lymington's sailing club for children run by children

Lymington's sailing club for children, run by children

Salterns Sailing Club, established in 1960 provides children with a safe haven to learn sailing, racing and running a club.

Moth Sailing on the SalternsWhen walking from Lymington to Keyhaven around the nature reserve, you will pass Eight Acre Pond. If you're lucky, you'll see a few dinghies out on the water - this is Salterns Sailing Club, a club for children that is run by children. 

During the late 1950s Major Tony Hibbert MBE MC (1917-2014) had an 8 acre salt pan on his land dredged out to a depth of 3 feet to provide a safe place to learn to sail.

In 1960, with the help of a few local parents, Major Hibbert established Salterns Sailing Club to encourage and organise sailing and racing for helmsmen and women under the age of 16 years, and to give its members practical experience sailing and of running a club in a safe environment.

Moppy Camp at Salterns Sailing ClubOver the years thousands of young people have learnt to sail at Salterns, developing a respect and love for the sea which has stayed with them all their lives. Many applied their experience in running the club to good effect, in running of other clubs and in their chosen careers.

The Salterns has been a starting point and inspiration for many national and international champions in a myriad of classes, many of whom have been awarded a Salterns 'Gold Pennant.'

Every year new flag officers are elected to run the club, the long list of past commodores is displayed in the Clubhouse.

The Junior Committee organise events and activities for members throughout the year and get involved with teaching the younger sailors at 'Moppy Camp' weekends, where young sailors spend two days working on their pennants. The club is now an RYA Training Centre during 'Moppy Camp' weekends, enabling sailors to work towards their RYA dinghy qualifications.

21 years fundraising for Children in Need

Salterns burgee logoOver the past 20 years the club has raised over £150,000 for the BBC Children in Need appeal - this year's 24 Hour Sailathon will be taking place this Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November, all are welcome to come along on Saturday for a Big Salterns Brunch and to watch the sailing. It's a great opportunity to find out more about the club too! The Lymington Lifeboat crew will be coming along at 11.30am for their annual optimist race, where grown men attempt to sail children's dinghies around the Salterns Islands! Find out more here.

Now nearly 60 years old, the club goes from strength to strength, and many sailors around the world remember fondly their days sailing on Eight Acre Pond. 

Find here more information about Salterns Sailing Club, including details of family membership.

salterns illustration by Bartley Marketing

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