Long Point Road, Sandy Bay, TAS 7005

Dover Camp

Registration Now Open for 2023!

Sandy Bay Sailing Club heads south – and you are invited!

Every year SBSC joins our friends at Port Esperance Sailing Club for a three-day event of half-day sailing & half-day play! This is a Green Fleet friendly event and fun for the whole family!

Sailors will enjoy sailing for half the day and be free for half the day for fun local adventures with family and friends.  

When? February 11th, 12th & 13th 2023

Register HERE

Cost: $100 per sailor

Tickets for the Seafood Feast will be purchased on the day.

Open to all classes, including incoming Green Fleet Optimists (recent grads from Learn to Sail Tackers Level 2) If you require use of a club plastic training boat, please make a note in your rego.

There are activities for the whole family to enjoy: Windsurfing & Paddle Boarding, Tahune Airwalk, Adamsons Falls, Hastings Cave, South East Cape Walk, Duck Hole Lake, Dover to Serges Bay Ride and the Garretts Bight Road Ride.

If you want more information please contact admin@sandybaysailingclub.org.au


SBSC has reserved River Run Lodge (Far South) for this event. This accommodation is dormitory-style with 6 beds per room (book a room or make up a room with another family).  The camp is very popular, so do not wait to book your spot! For bookings contact River Run Lodge on; 0492461293 or email info@riverrunlodge.com.au

Other accommodation can be found in the area, look to be near the boat ramp and Esperance Sailing Club.

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For more information please contact admin@sandybaysailingclub.org.au

DOVER 2021

Dover 2021 Event Wrap – Lizzi Rountree


SBSC Goes South!

Boats, boards, and families hit the road to join Dover/Esperance Sailing Club last weekend for some fun on the water – and land!

The Dover/Esperence Sailing Club were superb and welcoming hosts for the event, providing an excellent venue for dinghies and windsurfers to launch on a beautiful piece of sailing water.

We were blessed with four days of sailable conditions, a mix of land and seabreezes, each training squad getting a session a day, and everyone enjoying some casual racing on the last day. Coaches Hugo Hamilton, Will Wallis, Meg Goodfellow and Lizzi Rountree led the on-water activities for the Optimists, Cadets and 29ers, with volunteers Harley Wilkie joining the Green Fleet team and Will Cooley, the Youth Nacra15 World Champion and new Tasmanian import, helping out with all fleets.

The Greens had perfect morning breeze with just a touch of punch to challenge the young skippers, with a few moments of man-overboard practice to cool off in the hot doldrum moments. The squad enjoyed big team sails to the island and back, working on handswitches & sail trim, and having a social sail and a chat with friends – because friendship is the best ship! It was fabulous to see the Esperance and Sandy Bay Greens making new friends and supporting each other on and off the water. A big thank you to the Esperance families for jumping up and joining in.

Open Optis and Cadets focused on starts and first beats – how to develop strategy and manage the fleet upwind. Cadets also worked on jib sheeting technique and using the spinnaker, while Optis faced some extra challenges with Coach Hugo like surprise 360s during races! It was great to see everyone working hard and then continuing to have fun on the beach with paddle boards, windsurfing, biscuit rib-fun and 29er rides!

We had a fantastic squad of seven 29ers ranging from brand new to 2nd year racers, and everyone was hungry, keen and very helpful with each other throughout the weekend. Coach Will and Coach Hugo did a phenomenal job helping with rigging, boatwork and even hopping on board with sailors during the sessions. We had fun with high speed bear-aways, upwind boatspeed and line-ups, and a lot of great lessons learned about shifts and downwind VMG!

Commodore Stu Hamilton led a very successful Abolone diving trip that provided a delicious reason to join the camp BBQ (and brave the evening insect life). Chef Giles Newstead served up the tastiest hot garlicky morsels most of us have ever had!

The River Run Lodge provided a delicious seafood feast catered with endless nibbles. The breakfast provided was generous and delicious, and more than a few parents enjoyed the beautiful and newly built bar, we won’t say until what hours of the night, but suffice to say it was a big success.

We all wished a heartfelt thank you and farewell to our beloved Meg Goodfellow – one of our top instructors, and first ever club administrator. SBSC wishes her all the best as she heads off to Uni in 2021! Flynn Clougher was awarded the “Milking the Moment” award for getting the most out of the weekend by being everywhere at all times and trying everything on offer!

A special mention to Lawrie Jeffs and his windsurfer mast for providing some nightly team building exercises enjoyed by all. Everyone at the event was in some way tangled up in the “how to get the mast apart” evening ritual… and spoiler – the mystery remains unsolved! But everyone had fun working it out in the process.

A big thank you to all the families who brought down toys to share – biscuits, boards & foiling things! As well as yachts to socialize on, sail around, and jump off of… Another thank you to the SBSC board, the Sailing Management committee and Esperance Sailing Club for organising the event and equipment to make it all happen.

Finally, a big CONGRATULATIONS to all the families who packed up and moved boats for the first time! (It only gets easier from here!)

Lot of good times, big laughs and great sailing – is it too early to ask who’s ready for next year?!