Salterns Sailing Club
Salterns Sailing Club has a good range of facilities for a club of its size. You will find plenty of space to rig and otherwise prepare or wash down the club’s or your boat and two slipways for launching and recovering boats.
In the clubhouse you will find two amply-sized changing rooms, one for girls and one for boys. There are also two WCs and a main room with kitchen area. The kitchen is well-equipped and members are welcome to make use of it at times when no organised event is taking place.
The clubhouse usually has snacks and beverages on offer for both watching parents and young skippers alike during organised club sessions. At other times, members have their own key to access the facilities and enjoy sailing.
Club boats are housed in locked kennels and there is a rack for private GRP optimists. Spaces on the rack become available at the start of each season - those who have achieved Red Pennant and moving on to Bronze Fleet and Blue Pennant will be invited to apply for a space on a first come, first served basis. Boats stored on this rack must have their own insurance.
Eight Acre Pond
Eight Acre Pond is well-situated in a peaceful corner of Lymington and provides a wonderful place for children of all ages to have fun in safe and spacious surroundings.
The pond is now owned by Hampshire County Council and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Its management is controlled by Hampshire County Council’s Countryside Service as part of the Lymington to Keyhaven Nature Reserve.
Under the terms of the lease, sailing and rowing are permitted on the pond from March to November, however swimming is not permitted and landing on the islands is also forbidden as it could disturb the wildlife - at nesting times the birds can actually be rather fierce, so best to avoid at all costs!
Being a pond, it doesn’t suffer from tides. The depth of the water is approximately 3 feet, except in one corner where the pond is about 6 feet deep. Parents and helpers who wish to assist younger sailors will find that the majority of the lake is quite shallow enough to stand in – and we provide waders for just such a task, although be aware they sometimes leak!