Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club clubhouse re-opens on bank holiday

The new Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club.
The new Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club.

An opening ceremony for the rebuilt clubhouse at Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club (BSSC) will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend, on Saturday, May 28 at 6.30pm.

The new clubhouse will be opened by BSSC rear commodores, Mervyn Nudds and Robin Rowley.

BSSC is situated in the picturesque harbour at Brancaster Staithe and was founded in July 1933.

It holds sailing classes for the Mirror, Topper, Laser, 2000, RS 400, Sharpie, Hawk, Cockle and Cruiser classes.

The club was flooded by the tidal surge on December 5, 2013, which resulted in severe structural damage.

In 2014 a decision was made to raise funds from the members to meet the approximate costs of £850,000 to demolish and rebuild a new clubhouse safe from future flooding and offering state of the art facilities.

Demolition of the old clubhouse started in October 2015.

Commodore Tom Shippey said: “As I think back over the past 12 months it is truly staggering how much has been achieved by our membership in terms of funding, planning, designing, storing, demolishing, building, managing, plumbing and decorating.

“When we started the rebuild programme last September, there were those who thought we were overly optimistic to be considering re-opening in May, but here we are bang on schedule!

“My congratulations and gratitude go to all those who have played a part in whatever way to make this happen.”

The new clubhouse is now complete, and consists of a clubroom, bar, dining area, and kitchen, all at first floor level. There is also an open deck terrace, which looks out across the stunning harbour, tidal marsh and the sea beyond.

There will also be a range of family friendly ‘on-the-water’ activities throughout the following half term week for the family membership to reconnect with the club and get fully engaged for the sailing season ahead.

More details on the club from: www.bssc.net