Dunbar is home port to some 25 fishing vessels, varying in size from 6 to 15 metres long. The larger vessels concentrate on prawn trawling, and the remainder on fishing creels for lobster, brown crab and velvet crab.
The Dunbar Harbour Management Committee is a sub-committee of the Harbour Trust and exists for the purpose of overseeing the day to day running of the harbour.
The committee meets monthly to discuss a wide range of topics including maintenance, repairs, Health & Safety and any other matters to do with the routine business of the harbour and publishes reports of it’s meetings.
The committee also has it’s own, small, budget which it can spend as necessary & largely without reference to the Board.
Committee membership includes the harbourmaster, directors of the trust and representatives of the harbour users and the members at present are:
- Tom CraigStuart - Director & Chairman
- Rodney Thomas - Deputy Chairman
- John Blyth - Local Resident
- Bob Clunas - Harbourmaster
- Neil Brunton - Local Fisherman
- Duncan Forbes - Boat Owner
- Kevin Keillor - Local Fisherman
- Noel Wight - Boat Owner
- Ian Combe - Boat Owner
The Harbour Management Committee are anxious to represent the interests of all harbour users and would welcome additional members from outside the Trust.
Anyone interested in joining can apply through the feedback form on this website or through any of the committee members.
The first Annual General meeting of Dunbar Sailing Club took place on 15th July 1964. The next ten years were spent establishing the Sailing Club as a viable entity within the community. It is thanks to their efforts and foresight that we enjoy both the club and harbour side premises we have today.
Dunbar Sailing Club is a small but very friendly sailing club and we have been very active and quite adventurous for almost 50 years. You can be assured of a warm welcome from our members whether you have come across the Forth or across the North Sea.
Our clubhouse at the harbour is small but we provide toilets and showers for visiting crews and when not out sailing/racing during the season we can often be found in the club’s spiritual home The Volunteer Arms pub.
We have an active summer programme of cruising and racing including picnics, BBQ’s, cruises in company and a Wednesday Series which runs all summer with longer races at the weekends. Some of our boats have, over the years, undertaken summer cruises to the Orkneys, Shetland, Fair Isle, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Germany and Norway.
Our winter programmes include an end of season ‘laying up supper’ a more formal Prize Giving Dinner and some training courses such as Sea Safety as well as informal gatherings and club outings.
We will always welcome new members and if you are interested in sailing or crewing then get in touch and give it a go.
All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came." - John F. Kennedy, Speech given at Newport at the dinner before the America's Cup Races, September 1962
In 2010, at the instigation of The Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, the sport of coastal rowing, previously a traditional activity in the Forth was revived. There are now over 30 boats taking part in Regattas all over the country .
The design of the boat follows that of a Faroese skiff, 22’ long , chosen for its ability to meet the demands of choppy sea conditions. Dunbar has now two fine boats, ‘The Volunteer’ and ‘Black Agnes’, each taking a crew of five who train out from Dunbar harbour and regularly compete in Regattas.
New club members are always welcome. Full safety equipment is provided and membership of £20 is not required of the unwaged.