In the early 1960’s sailing at Elie & Earlsferry Sailing Club was mainly in dinghies. There were many Fireballs, GP 14s and other types racing around the bay. Over the years, there has been a gradual decline in dinghy sailing and today the dominant craft is the keelboat. There are a wide variety in the harbour from 17 ft to 27ft and these boats regularly take part in club racing and cruising.

The racing season is from May to October when races are held around marks in the bay and to further points such as the Bass Rock and North Berwick. Members take a great deal of pleasure from competing and improving their sailing techniques as well as the banter in the Clubhouse after the events.

Cruising to ports around the Forth is a pleasurable pastime for members with visits to Aberdour, The Edinburgh Festival (Granton), North Berwick and The Isle of May planned into the sailing calendar.

New members are delighted by the willingness of older members to pass on and share knowledge and experience, whether it be about how to rig up their new boat or how to improve their sailing. The club owns a Pico, a GP14 and a Leisure 17 Keelboat for the use of club members. These boats can be hired at very reasonable rates – ask for details. Knowledge, from experienced sailors, is offered on Wednesday nights when there is high water.

The club also run informal sessions on alternate Wednesday evenings (tide and weather permitting) throughout the season for dinghy, keelboat and powerboat tuition, where members, potential members and visitors will be made most welcome. You don't need a boat to sail with us!

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