About Us

About us

Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club is in the beautiful seaside town of Eastbourne on the East Sussex coast and is a family club, run by its members. Situated right on the promenade on the seafront, it is in an idyllic location and the sailing conditions are unrivaled.

The club is well known in the dinghy sailing world for its friendliness and for its strong organisation. We welcome new members and work hard to make them feel part of the club as soon as possible. We cater for experienced sailors and beginners alike and our members sail a variety of classes, including Lasers, RS Aeros, RS400s, Spitfires, Foiling Moths, A-class, Dart 16s, and Picos and more. There are examples of a number of other classes as well and our club racing is very well attended.

The club operates a Training Academy which offers a number of RYA courses for both adults and juniors and across the ability range. We welcome visitors to the club and have hosted numerous national championships and open meetings over the years. The clubhouse provides very good facilities, including a galley, bar, lounge area and changing rooms with hot showers.

We hope you enjoy looking at our website. Feel free to send us a message via the contact page if you would like any further information. Better still, come and visit us at the club! You’ll be assured of a warm welcome!

Our Safety Boats

ESSC has 4 motorboats used for safety cover during sailing. At least 1 boat is always on the water whilst sailing is happening, and we always have an additional RIB based on the beach available if needed.

Safety is paramount. Rescuing someone from the water always takes president over water activities and the boats themselves.



Andy Jeffries

Vice Commodore

Paul Jenkins

Rear Commodore

Andrew Hunt

Executive Committee:

  • General Secretary – Lynne Kiernan
  • Treasurer – Mandy Batchelor
  • Membership Secretary – Peter Dives
  • Communications Officer- Mark Fryer
  • Member – Jacky Thomas
  • Member – Mick Whitmore
  • President – TBC
  • Vice President – Mick Harker

Sailing Committee:

  • Vice Commodore – Paul Jenkins
  • Sailing Secretary – Sarah Whitmore
  • Assistant Sailing Secretary – James Trott
  • Rota Officer – Louise Hilder
  • Results Officer – Nick Hart
  • Trophy Officer – Ben Gosling-Davis
  • Bosun – Ben Daigneault
  • Assistant Bosun – Steve Oglesby
  • Training Bosun -Katy Hanton
  • Assistant Training Bosun- Roger Green
  • Beachmaster – Keith Murphy
  • Junior Sailing Representative – Ben Clark
  • Water Sports Representative – Bill Pike

House Committee & Other

  • Rear Commodore – Andrew Hunt
  • Bar Secretary – Allyson Jeffries
  • House Secretary – Richard Bromage
  • Club Welfare Officer – Henry Kiernan