Lymington's sailing club for children, run by children
Salterns Sailing Club is a club for children, run by children in Lymington, Hampshire.
Based at Eight Acre Pond, an old saltpan and Site of Special Scientic Interest (SSSI), Salterns is a veritable ‘Swallows and Amazons’ environment, providing a safe and shallow haven without tides but with tricky wind shifts, where children can develop their sailing and racing whilst having lots of fun with friends.
Salterns Sailing Club was founded in 1960 with four objectives:
1. To interest children in sailing
2. To teach children how to sail
3. To teach children how to race
4. To involve children in the running of the club.
The club has inspired generations of lifelong sailors national and international champions.
Any family with a child aged between 7 and 15 can join Salterns Sailing Club if there is space. The club requires no previous experience, only a desire to learn and enjoy sailing.
Members may use the club facilities at any time between April and November. Parents are expected to remain on site at all times and help to run the club.
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Over the years, thousands of young people have learned to sail at Salterns Sailing Club, developing a respect for the sea which has stayed with them all their lives.
Many have applied their experience in running the club to running other clubs and in their chosen careers.
Salterns has been a starting point and inspiration for many national and international champions in a myriad of classes.
Once too old to sail at Salterns Sailing Club, all members become 'Old Salts.'