SYC Power Boat Appeal

by Sunderland Yacht Club in Sunderland, , United Kingdom

SYC Power Boat Appeal
We did it
On 17th May 2024 we successfully raised £6,175 with 49 supporters in 35 days

Sunderland Yacht Club are fundraising to replace our powerboat and continue our vibrant sailing, training, events and community activities.

by Sunderland Yacht Club in Sunderland, , United Kingdom


Who are we?

Founded in 1935, Sunderland Yacht Club has been helping people enjoy our beautiful coastline for decades, carrying on the tradition of what was termed 'Aquatic Events' at Sunderland's first official sailing regatta back in 1837. 

Today the Club helps people get out on the water in a variety of ways - from yachts and dinghies to paddleboards, kayaks, and RIBs. Beach-lovers will be familiar with the distinctive sight of the fleet making its way past Roker and Whitburn and we're a friendly, family orientated club perfect for anyone with any interest in watersports - from complete beginners, competitive racers, or those looking for a gentle pootle along the coast.

 We're not just for members either, with the club hosting open days for community groups such as Veterans in Crisis and supporting wider city events like the Sunderland Tri, in addition to training days and open race series for people around the region and beyond.

Never been sailing? Keen to give it a try yourself? Pop along to the clubhouse on a Saturday morning and let's have a chat about getting you out on the water, or email [email protected] to find out more



Why are we crowdfunding?

A powerboat is critical to the club, acting as a safe 'first step' onto the water for people who are nervous or have access needs, particularly during our open days, supports training and racing, and events at both a club and national level.

The club's previous boat is no longer fit for purpose - aged, unreliable and unstable, we spend more time bailing it out and fixing it than using it. Its 42 year old diesel engine was environmentally unfriendly and the cost of repairs every year was starting to equal the value of the boat.

We'd like to replace it with something newer and more environmentally friendly that will allow the club to thrive, supporting our members, community, and the city.

With your support we will...

- Continue to get people aged 8-80 (and then some!) out on the water
- Give more people a chance to try sailing and watersports
- Help people engage in sports that will benefit their body and mind
- Have a boat that we can use for coaching and training - the 2023 Musto Skiff Champion sails out of Sunderland! (
- Help the club grow and thrive
- Support sport and clubs in the wider city (

How you can play your part

Help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. We've got some great rewards or you can simply donate - but every little helps.

2. Spread the word. Share our appeal - we know there's lots of love for the club!

3. Donate prizes. We're planning some fundraising activities - a raffle, or maybe a quiz - let us know if you've got a prize you can donate!



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Have a go sailing

Never been sailing before? Not sure how to get started? This is for you. A half-day introduction to sailing for beginners.

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Pina Colada Party Pack

2x bottles of Pina Colada mixes and 1x bottle of Malibu Rum to make it. Kindly donated by Lesley. Something to warm you up! (over 18s only)

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bottle of fizz

Celebrate a win, mourn a loss, raise a glass to a good friend with a bottle of fizz. Kindly donated by Liz. (over 18s only)

£15 or more

Small club pack

Show your support with an SYC branded floating fender keyring and mug

£20 or more

Dinghy club pack

Go out to sea with SYC branded 5l dry bag, cap, and floating fender keyring

£35 or more

The Everything Club Pack

You want it all and can have it all - on dry land or out to sea, show off your SYC branded mug, floating fender keyring, 5l dry bag and choose from a cap or beanie hat

£75 or more

Custom kit bag

You've got the best crew or the punniest boat name and you want everyone to know it. Kit them out with a custom Musto carry all bag (medium - 28l) with your boat name or logo of your choice

£100 or more

3 of 6 claimed

RIB River Ride for Two

Experience the River Wear like never before - we'll take you and a friend out on one of our RIBs, taking in the National Glass Centre, Wearmouth Bridge and Stadium of Light. Date to be mutually agreed. Ages 10+

£100 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Keelboat Cruise for 3

Join us on one the club's keelboats for a sail along the coastline. Keep an eye out for dolphins! No sailing experience required. Date and route to be mutually agreed. Ages 14+

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Burger and beers for two

Kindly donated by The Gourmet Burger Van - burger and a beer for two and the new tap room opening summer 2024.

£250 or more

4 of 4 claimed


Sponsor the boat - show your support and have your business name/logo added to the boat

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Name the boat

Remember a loved one or flex your creative juices and choose the name for the new boat. Name chosen must not be offensive or bring the reputation of SYC into disrepute. SYC reserve the right to reject a name that is inappropriate - we will contact you to discuss alternatives if this is the case.

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