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.
Work has already started on the SEAS project with the new solar arrays fitted. As ever our volunteers have been hard at work preparing groundworks for the water tanks and inside the boat shed clearing the way for washroom upgrades.
26 February 2022 - SEAS project update
We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing funds to support a modified
version of our original SEAS project plan under Round Four of NSW Government’s Stronger Country
Communities Fund. The SEAS project is one of over 400 to share the $100 million allocated to
improve the lives of people in regional NSW. Saratoga Sailing Club would like to thank the NSW
Deputy Premier Paul Toole for this opportunity. SSC has received $134,076 towards improvements
Sustainability: fitting a new array of solar panels, converting a water heater to a heat pump, and installing a rainwater capture system for rinsing boats, flushing toilets etc.
Equity: reconfiguring and upgrading our change room facilities to provide equitable facilities for women.
Access: replacing our staircase to allow safer and easier access to the first floor and its disabled bathrooms.
Security: installing secure fencing around the dragon boats’ storage area.
Preparatory work has already started, which includes reconfiguring the layout of the boat shed to
create space for the new change room facilities, but major works will be undertaken in the off-
In parallel, we will take the opportunity to improve our dinghy storage capacity to cater for the
expansion of the mixed fleet.
Regular updates will be provided at post-race briefings, however please let us know if you have any
concerns or suggestions.
More information about the NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund can be found here: www.nsw.gov.au/SCCF
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: