November 2015 - Club Review

Sailing, kayaking and rowing at Edinburgh's seaside

A friendly and active club on the shores of the Firth of Forth, a few miles from the centre of Edinburgh and in the heart of the thriving community of Portobello.

Our base is a small dinghy park on the Portobello Promenade near the bottom of Bath Street. Here we store members' boats and our safety boats. Although we have no changing rooms on site, members can use the Portobello Swim Centre facilities for a small charge.

Sailing: We have a diverse dinghy fleet with both racing and cruising craft. We have three Wayfarers and a Wanderer, and their crews regularly sail to the islands of the Forth. We race every other Sunday afternoon over the season and on non-racing weeks, there is rescue cover. We have seven club boats - two RS Fevas, two Laser Picos, two 420s and a Leader which can be used by suitably qualified members. We believe we have the biggst RS Feva fleet in any club in Scotland with eleven boats.

Kayaking: Members' boats include sea kayaks and open canoes, and the club has two kayaks and two sit on tops and several ordinary kayaks which can be used by suitably qualified members. We run two star course for children and adults around twice a year.

Rowing: Portobello is one of the largest and best known coastal rowing clubs in Scotland. Rowing takes place almost every day and most evenings during the summer. We also row through the winter every weekend and some weekdays, depending on the weather.

Longer trips to destinations around the Firth are undertaken and boats are trailed across Scotland for Regattas and excursion rows which this year have included Lewis and Achiltibuie.

The club has members at all levels from novices to highly competitive regatta teams. All sessions are open to any member who has completed two training rows and last an hour. Lifejackets are provided. 

An opt in email list and website allows members to contact one another to seek crew, and offer to crew, or to arrange cruises etc. 

See our separate rowing website for more details.

Junior members are welcome. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are devoted to children's sailing and kayaking, giving children a chance to try new activities and develop their skills. Members are expanding this aspect of the clubs activities and a full programme for 2015 is being planned. PSKC is now a firmly established venue on the Scottish Feva Traveller Circuit and our member trail their boats to other venues across Scotland.

Social: Organised social activities include a club barbeque in the summer and a winter ceilidh. Race days often end in the Espy bar and the rowing section meets regularly in the Dalriada to discuss ideas and regattas.

Supported by the community and beyond

The club is strongly supported by the National Lottery, City of Edinburgh Council and the local community as well as local businesses and individuals.

We are grateful to the following organisations for their generous support.



Coming up...

December 2015
Saturday 12th
9am Keelboat Sailing


November 2015
Tuesday 3rd
8pm Sailors’ Open Meeting
December 2015
Saturday 12th
9am Keelboat Sailing
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Portobello Sailing & Kayaking Club, a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, no. SC041579

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