Our team has developed a strategic plan that aims to improve the facilities at Saratoga and make sailing more accessible to the local community. We welcome your input and feedback, which can be provided through the web-form.
At high tide, the water at Saratoga Sailing Club comes past the mangroves and licks a small sandy bank at the edge of the land. However, at low tide, it can only be accessed by walking through mud, which increases in depth as you go further out.
'Sailors; and 'Paddlers' have to drag their boats out to open water then pull themselves aboard. This means that sailing is restricted to those with the physical strength and ability to do this.
At very low (spring) tides, which happen every month, it is not possible to reverse trailers onto the mud and boats are launched from the nearest slipway on Centennial Avenue, which is 1.5km away. This ramp is unable to be used at dead low tide and is in disrepair. The road is narrow and not really designed to allow sailing boats to rig and launch. Local residents near the slipway at Centennial Avenue are very accommodating in the busy summer boating season but we cannot send all of our boats down there as there is insufficient parking for all of our club boats and the public. It is too far to take dragon boats by road.
In an ideal world, we would be able to launch boats into deep water from the club grounds, secure them whilst trailers are returned to shore, and for sailors who are less able, to board the boats via a low jetty. This is just not possible with the low fall off and shallow nature of the area.
This Sarasail website was originally designed by Wayne and Steve to provide an on-line presence with information about the club, electronic forms, a shop, access to race results, weather and other important information. More recently the website was updated to allowed viewing from mobile devices.
As the club has grown and people’s expectations of on-line services has changed, the need for another revamp was recognised. This process has now largely completed with the early bugs fixed, and new features working.
We hope you like the changes. If you do then please let us know by commenting on and liking our Facebook page. This helps grow awareness , helps us be recognised for our important role in sustaining the Hartley fleet, mixed fleet sailing and Central Coast sport more generally.
The 10 main features of the revamp were:
1. Navigation is simplified so various user groups can find what they are looking for quickly: