Yacht club comes clean about its new boat park – a sewage tank!
Salcombe Yacht Club has come to a convenient agreement with South West Water to make use of a sewage holding tank for its new dinghy park.
Members of Salcombe Yacht Club (SYC) celebrated the official opening of their new dinghy park at a special ceremony on 29 November.
The ceremony was held at the end of the Club’s Annual Pursuit Race, when the newly-commissioned SWW Perpetual Trophy was presented to the race winner, Simon Dobson, and the dinghy park on the Shadycombe Tank was officially declared open.
Berthing places in short supply
Jayne Morris, Sailing Coordinator at Salcombe Yacht Club, explains: “Historically we have been allowed to park dinghies on a private beach opposite our sailing club, but the severe winter storms of 2013/14 removed the sand and the beach was no longer usable in the normal numbers. Members were forced to seek alternative berthing places in an already-overcrowded waterfront at Salcombe, and although temporary spaces were offered by the Harbourmaster and the owners of Mill Bay beach, a long-term solution was needed."
An area on top of the South West Water (SWW) sewage holding tank was identified, which would be suitable for storing dinghies. Accordingly the club approached SWW and has been working closely with Property Development Manager Richard Parnell. Permission also had to be sought from South Hams District Council to gain access to the tank over their land, culminating in submission of a planning application to SHDC to create the dinghy compound.
Richard Parnell said: “South West Water is committed to being a good neighbour and we’re delighted that we could help the yacht club with their storage issue on this occasion.”
For more information about Salcome Yacht Club visit http://www.salcombeyc.org.uk/