The club operates throughout the whole year, with January being the only month without any planned sailing. The sailing is planned around racing when safety cover is provided, however members can choose to participate in the races laid on, or just free sail during these times.
The year starts in February, for the hardy sailors, with the “Spring Splash” series running on Sunday mornings from 11:00am during February and March.
The main season gets underway on the last weekend in March with races scheduled for Sunday mornings (from 11:00am) and afternoons (from 2:00pm) running until the last weekend in October.
During the summer months (April though August from 7:00pm) the club jointly runs Wednesday evening racing with Tynemouth.
The year is completed with a “Frostbite” series running on Sunday mornings from 11:00am during November and December, with the final festive sailing day of the year taking place on Boxing Day.
During the summer the club also organises open days, fun days, youth events, and a regatta weekend which is a two day competition open to club members and visitors alike. The event is generally held in the open waters of the North Sea outside the piers.
The club has a dedicated training room with overhead projector and whiteboards / flipcharts which provides instructors the ideal environment.
The club is an Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Champion Club and recognised training centre and can offer members courses in dinghy sailing, power boating, safety boat, and first aid. Courses utilise the training room and are provided by RYA qualified instructors, the majority of which are current club members.
The North East Rehion RYA also uses the club facilities for dinghy instructor & coach courses.
The club was formed in 1957 and is wholly operated and managed by the membership. Over the years the club has been the home to most types of sailing dinghy or catamaran. All dinghies are welcome, however the current dominant fleets are Toppers, RS Fevas, Wayfarers, Lasers, Phantoms, RS400s, and Hobie 16s.
The club is situated on the south side of the river Tyne adjacent to the Groyne at Littlehaven beach.
The clubhouse has continued to be developed over the years and now provides members with excellent facilities including:-
A large lounge / function room with a licensed bar located upstairs
Upstairs & downstairs changing facilities with a plentiful supply of hot water showers
A training classroom with overhead projector, suitable for internal & external courses
Disabled facilities including changing room and lift to provide access to all floors
A kitchen / galley with a wet seating area to allow refreshments to be consumed without the need to change out of sailing gear
Secure garages used to store the safety boats and maintenance equipment, as well as the club tractor used to launch the safety boats
Club dinghies available for hire to members (two man and single handed)
The public concrete launch ramp provides members with sheltered launching facilities with direct access to the sailing area within the Tyne Harbour, and the larger area of Marsden and Cullercoats bays beyond the piers.
Either side of the launch ramp the club has two compounds which provide members and visitors with secure locked storage for their boats. The South Tyneside Council Water Activity Centre also shares the east compound.
In recent years the club has successfully hosted national and regional championships, and is regularly used by the regional RYA for instructor training and events.
The 3rd South Shields Sea Scouts are also affiliated with the club providing youngsters the opportunity to start sailing from an early age.