Nov 05

BONFIRE NIGHT 2018

Bonfire night went surprisingly well considering we didn't have a bonfire. (The tide times didn't work out for us to have one on the beach.) So we settled for medieval style fire pits and served up some top notch fodder thanks to the burger master general AKA Ray. Soups and... read more →
Sep 25

Henry Koe sails into the National Youth Squad!

We're very pleased to report that Henry Koe, who's 13 years old and one of our youngest members, has made the National Youth Squad for Topper Dinghys. Henry's been racing Toppers competitively for two years now, competing in regional and national sailing events (sometimes involving more than 150 boats). Over... read more →
Jul 13

GILES GOES SLEEP WALKING

“Well, that was a nice little walk! 😊” were the words I tweeted at 9am on Wednesday 27th June. Precisely three days earlier I had started my SleepWalk Challenge, in aid of Bowel Cancer UK, the RNLI and The Cure Parkinson's Trust. In those 3 days / 72 hours, I... read more →
Jun 08

Bob Jackson on show

Our Bob Jackson is as handy with paint (and app) as he is with a jib. The artist has an exhibition locally - here's some background: South London artist Rob Jackson is exhibiting several of his recent artworks at Kram Gallery, the community art space in Garratt Lane. Jackson first studied... read more →
Apr 26

HENRY KOE GETS 4TH IN SOUTH EAST WINTER OPEN

One of our youngest and brightest sailors Henry Koe was on the water a few months ago competing in the South East Winter Open. Proud father/household bosun Digby wrote this report: "He was competing in the south east zone winter open at island barn sailing club. There were about 28... read more →
Dec 13

Southbank beginners’ sailing course!

For no other reason than it's a photo too lovely not to have permanent pride of place on our site. Here's our most experienced helm, John Parke, with some of our youngest sailors, Oscar, Sophia and Nicholas. It looks a bit like a session on downriver currents. You're never too... read more →
Sep 18

A TRIP TO NORFOLK – by Ben Thomas

Picture this... Graceland on the radio as we pull in to the sun dappled yard of the Hustler yacht station in Ludham Norfolk.     Weighed down by dreams of open (mostly) tideless water, stable winds and half the wine section of a Norfolk Tesco's, 5 intrepid Southbank sailors embarked... read more →
Sep 01
Aug 20

Tasty Sailing…

What a way to finish up this summer's taster sails - we had 10 taster sailors and 8 have joined up!  A really brilliant result. Thanks to all the helms - Ben, Sina, David, Imogen and Daniel - and to James on his family rib.  Great stuff all! And a... read more →
Jul 31

CAPSIZE DRILLS

Saturday 29th July - fun on the river in the pouring rain doing a capsize drill. Our 4 plucky participants - Erkka, Elaine, Leo and Elli - all had to capsize and recover  a Xenon and we included a bit more trickiness by getting them to invert the laser and... read more →