Welcome to HLSC

HLSC welcomes complete beginners to experienced sailors. Dinghy sailing takes place on a 117 acre reservoir set in the foothills of the Pennines in Littleborough near Rochdale and is easily accessible; just 10 minutes from the M62, junction 21.

HLSC is run by its members for its members with a great family atmosphere, has good fleet racing, is committed to training & developing sailing skills and is an accredited RYA Training Centre.

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Having recently completed a major clubhouse upgrade, HLSC now has modern and smart facilities thanks to generous support from the Sport England Inspired Facilities fund and a number of our own club members.SE_Lottery_Inspired-by-2012

 

 

 

 

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Open Day – Sunday 10th May 2015

We will be holding our Open Day on Sunday 10th May 2015 between 10am and 4pm. Bart's Bash fleet

You are most welcome to come along and have a tour around our friendly and active club and, if you wish, go out for a sailing taster session on the water (for which there is no charge).  So if you want to go for a short sail please come along early to ensure you get out on the water and also bring along some suitable clothing that will keep you warm and dry.  In cold weather a waterproof jacket would be ideal over a sweater or fleece.  Footwear should have soles that will not damage the boat and have reasonable grip and you should be warned that they will get wet; plimsolls or old trainers are ideal.

Alternatively you can just come along and have a look around our modern & smart clubhouse and have a chat with our club members to find out more about Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club.

Remember you don’t need to own a boat to be able to sail at the club; as many of the boats are sailed by two people.  Crewing for somebody else is the perfect and inexpensive way to introduce yourself to the sport.

If you would like any more details or wish to book your taster session in advance please contact training@hlsc.org.uk

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GP14 Open Meeting – 17th May 2015

HLSC will host the GP14 Open Meeting on 17th May 2015 – click here for the Notice of Race.

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Sailing News!

Wednesday 15th April 2015
by Graham Knox

At last, a pleasant evening with a light breeze off the Club shore. Unusually the wind held better than expected. With Dave Winder and Matt Calvert sailing a Fireball, Matt was even observed out on the trapeze sometimes downwind. It was great to see 25 boats out on the water on such an evening. Another good sign was seeing 2 father and daughter crewed boats and 3 juniors in Lasers!

Merlin Rocket- 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.J & Z Parry 3.N & L Heginbotham
GP14- 1.M Brennan/S Miles 2.R Mason/N Thomason 3.J Mellor/R Hodgson
Solo- 1.O Whitehead 2.D Hughes 3.R Simpson
Laser- 1.G Butler 2.R Whitehill 3.J Maguire
Fireball- 1.D Winder/M Calvert
RS400- 1.S Mason/A Pittman

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12th April 2015
by Graham Knox

It was another one of those wild days for racing at the Lake on Sunday. Of the seven boats that ventured out only one finished the first race without capsizing, or retiring. Steve Crook and Sally Townend in their Merlin Rocket had the skill to keep upright in a shortened race. As the wind moderated, 3 Merlins managed a second race.
Four Solos went to Burwain and managed 2 races “crammed in before the wind went wild”. Steve Denison was third, while Chris Massey in 7th beat Oliver Whitehead in 8th.place. David Winder and Pippa Taylor were down in Salcombe where Stuart Bithell showed winning ways in winds of Force 4/5 on Sunday. It will come as a relief if this period of tempests comes up an end.

Results:

Merlin Rocket-
Race 1: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.J Parry/R Jones
Race 2: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.J Parry/R Jones 3.T Daniel/J Clayton

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Wednesday 8th April 2015
by Graham Knox

It was almost like a summer evening with a light southerly wind. There was just enough light for 2 laps. The Merlins had an interesting time mixing it with an RS400, only Steve Crook and Sally Townend stayed ahead!

Results-
Merlin Rocket: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.M & R Watts 3.G Winder/T Daniel
RS400: 1.S Mason/C Steel
GP14: 1.C Knott/M Brennan 2.N & A Hornsby
Solo: 1. O Whitehead 2.D Hughes 3. A Wake
Laser: 1.G Butler 2.R Whitehill 3.J Maguire

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5th April 2015
by Graham Knox

Easter Sunday racing at the Lake was dominated by three different boats in light and patchy wind for the first race. There was a little more wind for the second one.

Oliver Whitehead was the clear winner in the Solos, always finding the way in the light and fickle wind. Julian Parry and Becca Jones were the unchallenged Merlin Rocket leaders, behind them places changed frequently depending on the lucky one who could keep their boat moving. It was good to see the two Toms helming Merlins.

In the GP14s, Colin Knott and Richard Long looked to win the second race until the final mark where the light wind changed direction and Martin Brennan and Alastair Knott crept through.

All decided that after 2 races in such light airs was enough. Racing also continues on Wednesday evenings.

Results:

Merlin Rocket-
Race 1: 1.J Parry/R Jones 2.G Whitehead/S Essex 3.T Daniel/S Townend
Race 2: 1.J Parry/R Jones 2.T Daniel/S Townend 3.G Whitehead/S Essex

GP14-
Race 1: 1.M Brennan/A Knott 2.A & E Carter 3.R Mason/N Thomason
Race 2: 1.M Brennan/A Knott 2.C Knott/R Long 3.A & E Carter

Solo-
Race 1: 1. O Whitehead 2. K Parry
Race 2: 1. O Whitehead 2.G Booth 3.K Parry

Laser-
Races 1 & 2: 1. E Parry

Mirror-
Race 1: 1.R Cwik

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Wednesday, 1st April 2015
by Graham Knox

A dull evening, but there was wind!

Results-
Merlin Rocket: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.B Mager/R Richards 3.G Whitehead/D Thompson
GP14: 1.E Davies/A McGovern 2.M Brennan/A Knott 3.R Mason/K Parry
Solo: 1. O Whitehead
Laser: 1.S Mason 2.G Butler 3.R Whitehill

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29th March 2015

by Graham Knox

Sunday morning at the Lake started with a crew training session, in very little wind. Nor was there much wind as racers set out for the first race at 1 o’clock. However, as they started on the second lap, there was a sudden mighty increase as fierce squalls came. Inevitably this led to many capsizes and 6 boats deciding to retire from racing. The Merlin Rockets were able to achieve most finishers. The race organising team set out for a second race but decided to abandon it as stronger gusts hit the water.

Results:

Merlin Rocket-
Race 1: 1.D Winder/T Murphy 2.B Mager/R Richards 3.G Whitehead/C Jowett

Solo-
Race 1: 1. O Whitehead 2. K Parry

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22nd March 2015
by Graham Knox

Twenty boats were out racing at the Lake on Sunday enjoying the warmer sunny weather with a westerly airstream.

Oliver Whitehead again dominated the Solo results overtaking Chris Massey. David Hughes was also in the frame, but lost out badly in the second race. While newer member Andy Wake looked like taking a third place at one time.

The Merlin Rockets had some very close racing with many place changes as they challenged for a better route downwind.

Steve Crook and Sally Townend found the best way in the first and third races, but Julian Parry and Becca Jones got away in the second one.

Stuart Bates and Charley Steel pressed hard and looked to have a good lead in the second race only to find the wind fading as they raced for the windward mark.

Results:

Merlin Rocket-
Races 1 & 3: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.J Parry/R Jones 3.N & L Heginbotham
Race 2: 1.J Parry/R Jones 2.S Crook/S Townend 3.S Bates/C Steel

Solo-
Races 1 & 3: 1. O Whitehead 2. C Massey 3. D Hughes
Race 2: 1. O Whitehead 2. C Massey 3.G Booth

GP14-
Race 1: 1.M Brennan/A Knott 2. C Knott/R Long 3.J Mellor/N Thomason
Race 2: 1.M Brennan/A Knott 2. C Knott/R Long
Race 3: 1.M Brennan/A Knott

Laser-
All Races: 1.E Parry

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15th March 2015
by Graham Knox

Sailors recognise that, when the forecast is for winds coming from the east, it will blow strongly at the Lake. So it was on Sunday and the gusts from Blackstone Edge can be vicious. 3 Solos set out for the first race, and 2 for the second one, with Martin Brennan and Alastair Knott keeping up in a GP14. Oliver Whitehead is well practised in such conditions to lead the Solos, despite a capsize near the finish, to lead comfortably.

Nick Brook borrowed a Solo and did his best to keep up. In the second race, the GP14 was keeping up well with the Solos until, with spinnaker flying, on the reach along the dam wall a gust was too much to hold the boat level and they capsized.

Junior sailors were out practising their skills in Lasers and learnt to keep their boats upright after a few capsizes.

Results:

Solo-
Race 1: 1. O Whitehead 2. N Brook 3. R Blackburn
Race 2: 1. O Whitehead 2. G Whitehead

GP14-
Races 1 & 2: 1.M Brennan/A Knott

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1st March 2015
by Graham Knox

Only a hardy few sailors ventured out to race at the Lake on Sunday.

The strong westerly wind and threat of snow or sleet was a clear deterrent. Martin Brennan and Alastair Knott, in a GP14, were ready to show the Solos who should lead as they had a combined start. Chris Massey was the leading Solo in the first race, with Oliver Whitehead second.

Those positions were reversed in the second race when Oliver romped away and his father, Gerald, came in third. Three of the Club’s Junior sailors were out in Lasers testing their skills without racing. Hopefully the weather will turn more clement soon.

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22nd February 2015
by Graham Knox

In preparation for the start of the sailing season at Hollingworth Lake, Club members had a tidy up last Sunday, despite the onset of snow.

Club racing begins on Sunday, 1st March when keen sailors hope that they will not have to break the ice to get on the water again. Racing will continue every Sunday and, from April onwards, there will also be a race each Wednesday evening. New members are always welcome to come and have a look.

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