The sailing activities of the Association are conducted along with The Royal Bombay Yacht Club (RBYC) and the Colaba Sailing Club (CSC) who are our sister clubs. The Joint Sailing Committee is chaired by the RBYC Commodore and comprises of qualified helms and boat owners. The BSA representative sits on this Committee. It is this Committee that mainly guides the sailing activities of the 3 clubs. The racing and cruising activities are mostly initiated at Mumbai from the RBYC premises to which the BSA members have access.
Sailing Program: A comprehensive sailing program is brought out by this Committee at the start of the sailing season in October, It has on offer sailing activities to suit all. Be it races, training programs, regattas, day cruises, championships and weekend cruises, there is something for all tastes.
Racing: Should you be inclined to try your hand at racing. Not a problem. We take stark novices and put them on a boat participating in a race and they soon pick up the ropes (literally too). All you need to do is call up Mr. Santosh or Mr. Rajan in the sailing room and tell them to try and book you a berth on a boat that is going racing. Then you land up the Yacht Club at the specified hour, dressed in appropriate gear which is shorts, T shirt, sneakers, cap, sun glasses (optional) and water. There are some races where the BSA is directly involved. These races are from Mumbai to Mandwa and back to Mumbai the next day. It involves racing to Mandwa on Saturday afternoon, staying overnight at the BSA Clubhouse where there is catered dinner party and race back Sunday Afternoon. Accommodation is provided for all and needs to be booked well in advance, as these races are very popular among the regular sailors.
Training program: There are normally two training programs in a sailing season from October to May. The first one is held at the start of the season and the second one in January or February. This program provides on the water hands-on training and also some classroom backup. Member helmsmen take you out so you have one helm to 2 or 3 students on the water. Kindly check the Sailing Program Document for dates. It is available on this website. If you want individual attention there are sailors who will take you out and teach you sailing one on one.
Boats: The boats normally used by adults, are Seabird class and Lightning class, which are in a common pool belonging to the 3 clubs. A Seabird carries a complement of 4 crew plus tandal while a Lightning accommodates 3 plus tandal. You can go sailing in any of a total of 14 boats, when a boat of your club is not available. Hence you are mostly assured of getting a boat when you want one. The Seabird is the most stable and safe, especially designed for Bombay Harbour. If you have children who are a bit wary of the sea, a Seabird sail would be ideal.
Just Cruising: Should you wish to follow the dictates of your heart and just go cruising or wish to practice your hand at helming, just book a boat and land up at the specified time at the jetty and ask for the tandal of the boat you have booked. The tandals are all qualified sailors and will ensure the safety of the boat at all times. Until you get your helmsman certificate, remember, the tandal is the captain when you are sea and one has to follow his instructions.
Boat Booking Procedure:
Simply stated you could book a boat by calling up
the sailing room at the RBYC. You will have to first
ask for any one of the 2 BSA Seabirds. In case they
are not available you then have an option of booking
boats of the other 2 clubs.
You can book boats 5 days after 7 pm, prior to the date required, by calling on 22882788 - Mr. Rajan / Mr. Santosh or at the RBYC reception 55527251 / 52.
That means you would need to book on Tuesday, after 7 pm, if you need a boat for the coming Saturday. Since the boats are in a common pool a rather formidable and lengthy but necessary boat booking procedure needs to be followed. Kindly see the Boat Booking Procedure.
The Clubhouse: The Clubhouse has 5 residential rooms with attached bathrooms. Room 2 is the biggest with two double beds. Rooms 1 and 5 have three beds each and room 3 and 4 are double beds. Limited additional beds/mattresses are available upon request. The Clubhouse grounds provide a panoramic view of the sea, the jetty and life at the moorings. There are sufficient grounds around the clubhouse to wander and find a quiet corner to contemplate or just look at the sea. There are a few hammocks strung around for you to chill on.
The Dormitary (Sleepout): Within the same compound is the sleep out/dormitory, right on the water's edge. During high tide the ocean provides a great lullaby to put you to sleep. Here you book and pay for a bed for the night. A great economy package and you can't beat the view. There are separate dedicated toilets and bathrooms for this facility. The Clubhouse has a fully equipped kitchen with staff.
The Annexes: The club has 5 annexes. These are individual cottages by the sea for those of you who value privacy. Both these shacks have individual caretakers/shack boys.
Battery Park: our brand new cottage which has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped independent kitchen and a sleep out with 6 beds. This sleeps a total of 10 people. Zopdi our recently renovated shack which has one bedroom, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a verandah with 4 beds. It sleeps a total of 6 people. The other annex Battery Park is under renovation at the current time. Extra bedding is not available.
Windfall: Windfall is the first shack on the beach as you approach from the jetty. Windfall has two bedrooms, with attached bathrooms, at the ground level and one bedroom on the first level with an independent verandah cum sit out. Two bedrooms are fitted with air conditioners. A spacious kitchen , a ground level sit out with dinning arrangements , a fairly large compound area with stone benches , an uninterrupted view of the ocean, loads of trees and shade.
Tucked In : Tucked in - one of the recently added Bunglows has 2 Ac Rooms . As the name suggests the bunglow is "tucked in" greenery and folliage that surrounds this property. Tucked in is in between Wind Fall and Raha
Raha : Raha stands third in line on the beach and has a fairly large area outside the bunglow as well for that perfect barbeque - Three rooms ( 2 AC and one Non AC) are available to be booked by the members.
Zopdi : Zopdi is a one room bunglow with a seperate kitchen. Zopdi is right next to Battery Park
Booking for rooms/annexes: View the Rates and Reservations page for details (Rates and Rules) for romo bookings. Tp book, please call Dr. Tolani's office at 66568905 and speak to Hazel. You will need your membership number to book. Pl remember that Hazel is not an employee of the BSA and grant her the due courtesies when booking.
Food: The drill is to carry your cooked food or carry the ingredients and use the kitchen to cook it. Surekha at the club and Babi's (the Zopdi caretaker) wife, could be requested to cook for you. However, this is not in their job description and they are not obligated to do this especially when they have other pressing duties. The club store has some basic ingredients like dal, rice, tea, coffee, oil, tooth brush and paste, soap etc. The caretakers could be requested to get fresh milk, eggs, bread, vegetables on cash basis from the nearby village provided sufficient notice is given to them.
Catering: If organizing
to carry food is a problem there are other options. There is tried and tested
resort nearby called Countryside. They serve your typical home type cooked Maharastrian
You could call them at 02141 237123 (Ms. Anju) and ask them to deliver. They send delicious food packed in tiffens. They need about 3 to 4 hours advance notice. Sanman at Alibag is another favourite for the seafood lovers.
You can reach them at 02141 222314. Due to the distance the delivery charges are a bit heavy. But the prawns masala and the shells masala are to die for. Ask them for their full menu.
Enjoy your stay at the club!!