Salterns Sailing Club was founded in 1960 by Major Tony Hibbert with four objectives:
- To interest children in sailing
- To teach children how to sail
- To teach children how to race
- To involve children in the running of the club: “A club run by children for children”
Salterns is a place where children can learn to enjoy sailing and gain experience sailing and racing dinghies such as Optimists, Moths, Scows and RS Teras. The club is run by volunteers, both junior and adult, providing a unique opportunity for an interested young sailor to learn how to run a club as well as sail.
The club has inspired generations of sailors including Olympic Champions, World Champions, National Champions and many who have become life long sailors.
The Salterns Pond is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), created from an old saltpan, and is about 1 metre deep. The facilities are located right on the “old salt pond”, with a small clubhouse holding the changing rooms and the kitchen, and a dedicated yard containing a good range of club boats.
The club was formed on land owned by Major Hibbert, 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.
Please take care when parking at Salterns Sailing Club. There are a limited number of spaces available at the club – always ensure that access is clear to the houses further up the lane.