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.
The season starts with only the hardiest racers willing to have a go
Our season started on Sunday 2nd March with only the hardiest racers willing to have a go. There were many members around to check on the Club’s improvements. It was a breezy southerly wind with some strong gusts that offered exciting sailing and caught out a few with capsizes. Steve Crook and Sally Townend started where they left off last season with a first race win, ahead of Nick Heginbotham and Jane Clayton in Merlin Rockets. After that race, Julian Parry and Becca Jones joined in and showed the others how to win. Martin Brennan and Alastair Knott tuned up in their GP14 while Oliver Whitehead, who has raced through the winter in his Solo, at Elton, was on devastating form.
Sunday 2nd March Results:
Merlin Rocket- Race 1: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.N Heginbotham/J Clayton Race 2: 1.J Parry/R Jones 2.S Crook/S Townend 3.N Heginbotham/J Clayton Race 3: 1:J Parry/R Jones GP14- Race 1: 1.M Brennan/A Knott Race 2: 1.M Brennan/A Knott 2.A & E Carter
Solo- Race 1: 1.O Whitehead Races 2 & 3: 1.O Whitehead 2.N Hornsby
Optimist- Race 2: 1.Evan Parry
Major upgrade to our clubhouse facilities completed
With the start of our 2014 sailing season, our contractors have now completed a major £100,000 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:
This latest upgrade to our club’s facilities continues in the spirit first adopted by our founding members when they built the original part of our clubhouse back in 1951. This extract from the Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club Year Book – Winter 1950 shows that some things don’t change:
63 years on and whilst we are not starting from scratch with the Clubhouse Upgrade the message is still the same; the Treasurer, like all good Treasurers, is still wanting funds for the Building. Sorry, but this time round, loans don’t carry a 4% per annum interest. Please contact our Treasurer, Graham Knox, if you wish to discuss (in strict confidence) how you can support the club with the current re-development.