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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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Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th October – GP14 End Of Season Championship 

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The GP14 Class Grand Prix series, sponsored by Craftinsure, was completed with an End of Season Championship at Hollingworth Lake SC.  27 boats entered for this final event, some coming from as far as the South Coast.

The schedule was for 2 races each day and the north-easterly wind was stronger than forecast and Saturday was brightened with plenty of blue skies, while Sunday found a reduced wind strength, some ‘flat spots’ and overcast conditions.  However the variable conditions did not seem to stop Ian Dobson and Andy Tunnicliffe from taking 3 bullets.  The fleet is becoming used to these multiple World Champions leading the way and they never seemed to miss the best route on the race track to dominate the event.  Of course, there were other strong contenders such as Lawrence Creaser and Andy Hunter who have had success in several recent events.  Indeed success seemed to involve crews named Andy!

The fleet got away with a clean start for the first race and soon there were 3 boats in contention but it was not long before Dobson got ahead and stayed there.  Creaser came in behind ahead of Sam Watson and Andy Thompson and another young sailor pairing of Nick and Ellie Devereux.  The second race, after tea and cakes, inevitably had a recall and the flying of the black flag for the restart.  It looked as if local knowledge might benefit those starting at the leeward end of the line when tacking to port with a good track to the first mark, but a critically timed starboard tack would give David and Lynn Lawson the opportunity to round the first mark with a lead that they never lost. Again the Devereux pair had a good race, holding off challenges from Dobson, Creaser and Watson.

There was time to relax and prepare for a black-tie dinner with superb food, a magician entertainment and music to party along to a late hour.

The lighter wind and overcast sky, and cloud hanging on the hills to the east, presaged shifty conditions.  Despite the black flag, the fleet were too keen and a general recall was signalled with too many boats to identify specific numbers.  With the line reset, the fleet were away and Dobson got the best of the conditions to lead again.  Watson and Creaser were in the chasing pack and finished in that order.  A substantial lunch followed before the final race where once again Dobson showed how to get to the front and build a lead.  There were others able to work out the best track as Andy Smith and Phil Hodgkins sailed a steady second place, with club mates, the Lawsons, again doing well in third place.

So Dobson and Tunnicliffe won the event with a perfect score line and a succession of closely placed boats following to conclude the season’s racing.

Please click here to view the full results: GP14 End Of Season Championship results


Sailing News!

8th November 2015
by Graham Knox

Only 5 brave Solo sailors ventured out to race on Sunday. The strong southerly wind made the racing look exciting as the boats planed fast downwind. But capsizes were the order of the day and only Chris Massey survived to win. A second race started and again it was only Chris Massey who managed to complete the shortened course to take the day’s honours.


1st November 2015
by Graham Knox

There was enough wind to turn the turbines on Crook Hill on Sunday, but it was not quite the same at the Lake. It seemed like flat calm and so a postponement to the start of racing was given. Eventually 10 boats set out for a light wind race. All boats started together and the Merlin Rockets were soon into the lead, finding enough zephyrs to race the course. At first Steve Crook and Sally Townend had a good lead, but Martin and Rene Watts were soon challenging. It was on the second lap that the Watts took a better line into the windward mark, at Queens Bay, and the lead which they held to the finish. Martin Brennan and Richard Long kept going in a GP14 and Graham Booth held the lead in his Solo. No one was keen to sail another race and the Lake soon looked glassy.


Merlin Rockets:
1.M & R Watts 2.S Crook/S Townend 3. G & O Whitehead

1.M Brennan/R Long

1.G Booth 2.D Smith


25th October 2015
by Graham Knox

Sunday was a typical autumn day for sailing at the Lake. The light south westerly wind brought close racing in the Solos and Merlin Rockets. David Hughes was the clear winner in the Solo fleet, even when he swapped boats with Kevin Parry in the third race. Gerald Whitehead was the main rival but lost track of the course in that third race.
In the Merlins, Martin and Rene Watts had a runaway win in the first race, but after that Steve Crook and Charley Steel were on the pace. Veteran Guy Winder shared the racing with his crew, Tom Murphy.

Sunday racing for the Winter Trophy continues to 13th December.


Merlin Rockets:
Race 1: 1.M & R Watts 2.G Winder/T Murphy 3.S Crook/C Steel
Race 2: 1.S Crook/C Steel 2.M & R Watts 3.B Mager/C Jowett
Race 3: 1.S Crook/C Steel 2.B Mager/C Jowett 3.T Murphy/G Winder

Race 1: 1.M Brennan/R Long 2.J Mellor
Race 2: 1.M Brennan/R Long 2.J Mellor/A Prince
Race 3: 1.M Brennan/R Long

Race 1: 1.D Hughes 2.G Booth 3.R Blackburn
Race 2: 1.D Hughes 2.G Whitehead 3.G Booth
Race 3: 1.D Hughes 2.R Blackburn 3.G Whitehead

17th/18th October 2015
by Graham Knox

It was a very busy weekend for Lake sailors at home and away. At home, the local club hosted an End of Season Championship for 27 GP14s. Some came from Scotland and North East, others from the South Coast to enjoy and compete here. Best placed local sailors were Martin Brennan and Richard Long who finished 10th in the highly competitive fleet. Graham Knox and Steve Caladine did not have such a good series in the 4 races and finished 22nd. Such events also require a large number of Club volunteers to run the racing and help onshore.

On Saturday, 5 young sailors were at Bolton for the final round of the North West Junior Travellers Series.

At the end of 10 events, Adam Din and William Rowland, both under 14, finished 4th and 5th respectively. The Club’s young sailors were on good form at Bolton with Will Smith finishing 6th, Adam Din 7th, Evan Parry 10th, William Rowland 12th and Hudson Dand 28th.

Also on Saturday, 5 of the Club’s Solo sailors went to Budworth, in Cheshire, where Steve Denison won from 32 boats, Oliver Whitehead finished 4th, followed by Chris Robinson 9th and Chris Massey in 13th place.

11th October 2015
by Graham Knox

There were only a few sailors out on Sunday enjoying a typical autumn day, with a light easterly wind. The Solos were, as usual, the active fleet with Martin Brennan borrowing a boat and showing others the right way, though Nigel Davey got clear away in the first race. Nick Hornsby and Oliver Whitehead were away at Windermere where the wind was so light that only one race was sailed, which they took with first and second places. Chris Massey was crewing at the Endeavour Champion of Champions event at Burnham on Crouch, as Scorpion Champion crew.

Autumn Series Results-
Races 1 & 2: 1.G Knox/J-A Dobbs

Race 1: 1.N Davey 2.M Brennan 3.D Smith
Race 2: 1.M Brennan 2.N Davey 3.D Smith
Race 3: 1.M Brennan 2.D Smith 3.G Booth

Races 1 & 2: 1.W Smith