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Harbour Users

Many groups are enjoying their activities using the harbour and its facilities. Below are details of some of the groups that regularly been seen in and around the harbour. 


Dunbar has a well established Sea Cadet Unit, covering Dunbar, North Berwick and Haddington as well as the surrounding areas. We are always looking for new recruits and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9pm. Sailing and Kayaking is generally carried out from and around Dunbar Harbour but we also have access to facilities at Port Edgar and HMS Caledonia in Rosyth, as well as the national support and resource that the Sea Cadet organisation offers. The unit is situated just to the west of the swimming pool in Dunbar (you will recognise us by the boats in the yard).
The unit supports both a Cadets and a junior cadets section with Juniors aged from 10-12 years and Cadets from 12-18.
Cadets meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9pm and anyone interested in joining is welcome to come along at 7 on one of these nights.
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.
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. 
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
Dunbar Shore and Harbour Neighbourhood Group is here for you and our aims include the improvement of the environment around the harbour and East Beach.
We are working to make this part of Dunbar a cleaner, safer and more attractive place for all those who live, work or play here.  
We want to help as much as we can with issues relating to your surroundings and can be a voice if you think you are not being heard. Come to one of our meetings – normally the first Tuesday of each month except January, August and December.
Dunbar is the home port to some 29 fishing vessels, varying in size from 6 to 15 metres long.
The larger vessels concentrate on prawn trawling, and the remainder mostly lay creels for lobster, brown crabs and velvet crabs. Different bait is used depending on what species is being targeted.
Dunbar has had a vibrant fishing community for hundreds of years. For centuries, fishing was one of the town’s main industries. Each year hundreds of fishing boats would come to the summer herring fishing off the Dunbar coast. Their catches were gutted and packed in barrels in layers with brine, ready to be sent to Europe, Ireland or the West Indies.
In the winter months local fishermen fished for white fish such as cod and whiting and shellfish. 
We have a rich heritage in our fishing community both in families and boats but fishing always has been, and still can be a dangerous occupation. Much may have changed over the years, but the harbour still works for its living. You’ll find that it’s well worth a visit.
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. 
Further information is available from the Club Secretary by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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