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 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





Our 2016 programme and rotas

Dinghy Park on 2013 Open Day

This year we have produced, for our members, a four page pdf document that lists the club’s racing, recreational and training programmes, all our social events plus all the various rotas (i.e. OOD, Duty Officers, Starters Box, Instructors, Galley, Bar & Keys) for the entire 2016 season.

It can be found on the Club Events & Duty Rotas page of the Members’ Area.  Please click here to view and/or download it.


HLSC prepares to celebrate it’s 70th Anniversary

Dinghy Park rainbow

During the festive season some of our sailors were out and about competing and often winning, or at least being in ‘the chocolates’.  At the Eskimo Trophy at Blackpool & Fleetwood YC on 28th December, Steve Crook and Sally Townend finished 5th overall in their Merlin Rocket.  At the Brass Monkey event at Yorkshire Dales SC the winner was Matt Mee and Lucy Yeates in the RS200 (he had also won at Budworth on Boxing Day with Emma Norris), while Dave Winder (with Ben Rayner) came in 16th in a Fireball.  Adam Din was the lone club representative at Leigh & Lowton’s New Year’s Day Pursuit, where he finished 39th in his Laser 4.7.

You will be aware that at our Club AGM there was no nomination for Commodore. So in accordance with our Club Rules this left the Management Committee to decide our next Commodore.  At their meeting on 4th January, Steve Caladine was elected to the post, unanimously.  He welcomed several members new to the Management Committee and has plans to try to ensure that our 70th Anniversary year is one with renewed vigour and activity.


Reflections on our 2015 sailing season

Our Outgoing Commodore, Sally Townend, reflects on last year’s sailing season:

S Crook in Merlin“I feel we have had a successful year on the water with the club continuing to put on an excellent range of traditional racing on Sundays and Wednesdays, training events, and Friendly Fridays to help the transition from learning to sail to racing,

Turnouts have been down especially on Sundays.  Maybe this is linked to the average wind strength this year being higher than the 10 year average or more to the point I believe that people look at the web-based forecasts and decide not even to step out of the house based on what they are predicating, often being put off by the gust speed even though we may only get one gust at that speed.  Having said that, the weather has had an impact this year with a total of 16 races not being sailed during the course of the year due to the weather, either too much wind or no wind.

We have taken delivery of two new Winder Boats GP14s, thanks to Steve Caladine & Martin Watts for their efforts in putting the successful bid to Sport England.  It is hoped this will assist with the transition from learning to sail to participating in club racing

To quote Mathew Syed (former Commonwealth table tennis champion) “to become an expert in anything you need to put in an average of 10,000 hours of purposeful practice” so hopefully these GP14s will start new members of on their journey of 10,000 hours of purposeful practice to become the winners of races in years to come.

We have continued our tradition of running excellent Open Meetings. In addition this year we have hosted the Solo Northern Championship, the GP14 End of Season Championship, NW Senior Travellers and, jointly with OnBoard, an 8 Hour Race for juniors.  As always we have received excellent feedback from visitors to the club complimenting us on our organisation of the racing, food and hospitality.

Every class has represented Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club nationally at Open Meetings. Members have also represented the club in at least three national championships and one world championship. And yet again members have had some excellent results to be proud of as a club.

Our Junior members as well as participating in a range of activities at the club, have represented the club in a range of national events and have has some excellent results.

Socially we have had a range of events in addition to our after sailing wind down in the bar.  The highlight being the annual dinner dance and prize giving which, along with a celebration of the successes of the year’s sailing, was a great testament of the friendships that have been formed through our sport of sailing.

Sally Townend #2014We continue to look at ways we can promote the activities of the club during the year and to this end the website hosts lots of information on the club and its latest news which, of course, is also delivered by a weekly e-mail. In addition to this we have 234 followers on our Facebook page. I encourage you all to post any relevant news up on the page.  A great way to promote and communicate what’s going on at the club.  Recent posts about Stu reached nearly 3,000 people and a post regarding Founders Plate winners reached 600 people in the sailing community.

It has been a great pleasure to be your Commodore for the last two years.  Being the club’s Commodore is a role that is not arduous, as you are surrounded by excellent committee members.  It has been a great pleasure to work alongside them in ensuring the club continues to meet the objects for which it was formed, namely, to promote and facilitate community participation in the sport of sailing and to provide social facilities for its members.

To conclude I would like to quote my son Evan following taking part in some events at other clubs himself this year he said to me on returning form one “until you visit other clubs you don’t realise how lucky we are here at Hollingworth”

So as a club, as members lets ensure we maintain that mantra in 2016 and beyond.

Here’s to a great year on the water in 2016.”

Sally Townend,
Commodore 2014/15