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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HLSC Open Day on Sunday 18th May 2014

Between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 18th May you are most welcome to come along and have a tour around our friendly and active club and go out for a taster session on the water. Sailing taster sessions will be available with one of the club’s experienced sailors so please come along with some old trainers and spare clothes; we will sort out the rest.

Alternatively you can arrange a taster session for another day and just come along and have a look around our modern & smart clubhouse, which has recently been extensively refurbished, or just come and have a chat with our club members to find out what we get up to.

Of course if you don’t want to wait until the 18th May then please come along to the club on any Sunday afternoon (between 12 noon and 4:00pm) and see for yourself what goes on.

If you have any queries or want some further specific details then please contact us by sending an e-mail to membership@hlsc.org.uk and we will get back to you.


Sailing News!

20th April 2014
by Graham Knox

Easter Sunday at the Lake presented another windy day. Conditions for racing were marginal but 4 boats elected to try a race. With a course set for good planing reaches, they certainly sailed fast but, apart from capsizing, they all chose not to finish the race and sailed back to the harbour.

On Saturday, the Club will host an Open event for red-sailed Mirror dinghies to bring a touch of colour and hope for more moderate winds.

16th April 2014
by Graham Knox

Sunshine and a decent breeze stayed up well for the evening race.

Merlin Rocket: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.J & Z Parry 3.N Brook/O Whitehead
GP14: 1.J Mellor/K Flook 2.R Mason/N Thomason 3.A Carter/T Daniel
Solo: 1.G Booth 2.N Hornsby 2.D Hughes
Laser: 1.G Butler 2.C Broadbent 3.R Whitehill


13th April 2014
by Graham Knox

Sailors on Sunday were again confronted with challenging north westerly winds and strong gusts. Steve Crook and Sally Townend in the Merlin Rockets had no trouble with handling these conditions in the first race. Meanwhile Julian Parry and Pippa Taylor were able to give them skilled competition until they had a problem lowering their spinnaker, nearly letting Tom Murphy and crew Steve into second place. It was different in the third race where Julian Parry gained an advantage on Steve Crook forcing the latter into a tack, whereupon they capsized. In the GP14s, Andy and Yasmin Carter won, due to their greater downwind speed in the first race, but lost their way in the second one. Colin Knott and Pete Bramwell went out for the second and third races and took control. Oliver Whitehead led the way in the Solos.

Martin Brennan and Alistair Knott went to Combs in North Derbyshire for their GP Open and wins in 2 races gave them a clear win so they sat out the third race in testing conditions.

Merlin Rocket-
Race 1: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.J Parry/P Taylor 3.T Murphy/Steve
Race 2: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.J Parry/P Taylor 3.L Bithell/T Daniel
Race 3: 1.J Parry/P Taylor 2.L Bithell/T Daniel

Race 1: 1.A & Y Carter 2. G Knox/M Rush 3.R Mason/A Latimer
Race 2: 1.C Knott/P Bramwell 2.G Knox/M Rush 3.A & E Carter
Race 3: 1.C Knott/P Bramwell

Race 1 : 1.O Whitehead 2.D Smith 3.K Parry
Race 2: 1.O Whitehead 2.D Smith 3.M Smith


Major upgrade to our clubhouse facilities completed

With the start of our 2014 sailing season, our contractors have now completed a major upgrade to our clubhouse. To celebrate the opening of our refurbished clubhouse, on Wednesday 5th March we held our traditional start of season Fitting Out Supper.  Here are some photographs and thanks go to Bruce Mager and his team of helpers for an excellent meal:

HLSC Fitting Out Supper - 5 March 2014