Founded in 1949 when dinghy sailing was very much in its infancy. We are located in Deal, on the East Kent coast, just North of Dover and get our name from the historic safe anchorage known as The Downs, protected to the East by the infamous Goodwin Sands where historically ships would wait for favourable winds to continue their passage.

Downs offers an extremely friendly, inclusive, family atmosphere providing a safe and fun environment in which to develop your sailing skills. You can join the club as a non-sailing social member, individual or family, with or without owning a boat and make loads of friends.

The Clubhouse offers a large clubroom with bar, kitchen and training room. We have modern changing rooms with showers and facilities for the disabled.

We have an extremely active membership with no paid staff and a club which is run for and by the members. Safety boats, race officers are staffed on a rota basis by members, with training available for all roles.

We hope to see you out on the water soon!



Commodore’s update April 2021

Dear DSC members 

A quick update from me to Welcome you all back to this years sailing activities at Downs sailing club. And to share with you all our most up to date COVID phased return document that we all need to read through (RYA and government advice) to ensure we are all doing our bit to keep safe whilst at the club. Whilst the weather has not been too kind these past couple of weeks hopefully a kinder wind front will move across Kent allowing us all to get out and enjoy the sailing activities we all want. Check your club program or online @ www.downssailingclub.co.uk

Remember Friday evenings will be starting on Friday 30th April – we would love all members to get involved. These more informal evenings are fantastic to get afloat whilst the Club Coach is available to all members for any sail coaching that is required. 

Don’t forget to book your duties on ‘Dutyman,’ the link is on club website or info in your program. This year it has the facility to book club boats together with volunteering for duties needed to keep the club running.  
Any issues or queries please let me know.

Kind regards 

JuliaDSC Commodore commodore@downssailingclub.co.uk

Changes to BBC Shipping Forecast broadcast times

Please see the link below for full details

Check the sea conditions Live! – Click on the image above for the Live Skyline camera on Deal seafront

Covid-19 Bar Rules



Julia Blackman



RYA’s New Sail From Home Web Page

Click on the image to go to the RYA Sailing From Home website

As we take the first steps to getting back on the water, don’t forget there are still lots of great opportunities to keep sailing and learning from home. There is something for everyone, including expert advice on everything from boat maintenance and cruising, to coaching sessions on Virtual Regatta and racing rules webinars.  The RYA’s Sail From Home web page has it all…

Martyn and John rescue the DCS buoy from a beach in the Netherlands and made the local news. Check out the full interview at https://youtu.be/HWIVfba2LP0


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Downs Sailing Club
The Clubhouse
The Strand
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