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




Exciting RYA – News Release


24th November 2014

Forty-five years of commitment to Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club has been recognised by the presentation to Steve Caladine of one of the Royal Yachting Association’s most prestigious awards by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA.

Steve was nominated for a Lifetime Commitment Award by his club and selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel.

The annual awards ceremony in London had added meaning for Steve as it took place in the very room where in 1977, as a young man, he took the exams that made him a Chartered Civil Engineer.

By that stage he was already a member of Hollingworth Lake SC, always sailing as crew in the GP14 class of dinghy.

His civil engineering background was useful when be became Commodore of the club from 1985-6 as at the time it was being drained by North West Water.

Steve has also assisted the club as Training Centre Principal, Club Membership Officer and Webmaster.

The club’s nomination said he had brought a new enthusiasm to the way prospective new members were welcomed. He also instilled a more structured, professional and dynamic approach to training. With the two roles complimenting each other, the result was an increase in the take-up of membership following taster and training sessions.

More recently, the club was awarded a £50,000 grant un the Inspired Facilities fund run by Sport England. The club bolstered that with other fund-raising and Steve became project manager over a £100,000 scheme. That saw improved changing facilities, an accessible toilet and a make-over for the main clubroom.

For more information about sailing in the North West region visit the RYA website: www.rya.org.uk/regions/northwest




Sailing News!

14th December 2014
br Graham Knox

The final day of racing for the season at the Lake saw a mixed fleet brave the gusty winds and rain squalls. Just one race was sailed with two Junior sailors Adam Din and Evan Parry wisely deciding to retire after racing half of the course. The Merlin Rocket of Steve Crook and Sally Townend powered down the reaches with spinnaker flying to win comfortably on handicap basis. Another Junior, Will Smith, sailed his Laser well to finish second. Richard Long, in a Streaker, sailed steadily to third place while Kevin Parry in a Solo showed determination coming in fourth after two capsizes! Racing at the Lake will start again on 1st March.


7th December 2014
by Graham Knox

It was the hardiest of sailors who took to the water for the penultimate day of racing at the Lake. With the occasional squall of sleet to contend with, which took sailors by surprise, they had to wait until the worst had passed. Two Solos were caught in this way approaching the last mark of the first race. Martin Brennan let his mainsail flap but Gerald Whitehead capsized. After that the day stayed sunny and the wind veered and the cold discouraged others. Craig Broadbent joined in for races 2 and 3 and showed how much his sailing skill has progressed.

Merlin Rocket-
Races 1 and 2: 1.S Crook/S Mason

Race 1: 1.M Brennan 2.G Whitehead 3.K Parry
Race 2: 1.M Brennan 2.C Broadbent 3. G Whitehead
Race 3: 1.C Broadbent 2. K Parry


30th November 2014
by Graham Knox

It was another light wind day for sailing at the Lake with the bonus of plenty of sunshine. With a reduced number of boats out, all boats started together and raced on a handicap basis. So the first to finish is not certain of victory until adjustments have been made.

The conditions looked suitable for Merlin Rockets and Bruce Mager with Sophia Miles were well away, but only in the second race was it so far ahead that they won on handicap. Oliver Whitehead was always challenging in his Solo and did best overall on the day. He had swapped boats in the second race with Kevin Parry and came second in his boat while Kevin found that Oliver’s boat did not give him enough extra advantage. Martin Brennan and Alastair Knott, sailing a GP14, are always strong contenders in such conditions and were runners up for the day.

Four Lasers were out with William Rowland beating his father and mother, but overtaken by Adam Din in the second and third races.

Race 1: 1.GP14 -M Brennan/A Knott 2.Solo-O Whitehead 3.Streaker-R Long 4.Merlin-B Mager/S Miles

Race 2: 1.Merlin-B Mager/S Miles 2.Solo-O Whitehead 3.GP14-M Brennan/A Knott 4.Solo-D Smith

Race 3: 1.Solo-O Whitehead 2.GP14-M Brennan/A Knott 3.Merlin-B Mager/S Miles 4.Merlin-G Whitehead/H Daniel


23rd November 2014
by Graham Knox

Sailors at the Lake usually check the weather forecast carefully while knowing that the Lake has its own microclimate.  It was supposed to be a modest south-westerly wind but, at midday, there was very little sign of it. It gradually came from the north west which results in an area of ‘wind shadow’ on the Lake Bank shore.

Martin Brennan, borrowing a Solo, led the fleet around in all 3 races, leading the second one by 2 legs of the course. Behind him there was much jockeying for places among the other 6 boats. Junior sailors raced in Lasers with Adam Din and Evan Parry taking turns at the lead, with William Rowland following. With the power of the sun starting to ease, the wind fell too and the third race was shortened.

Merlin Rocket-
Race 1: 1.G Winder/T Murphy 2.M & R Watts
Race 2: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.M & R Watts 3.G Winder/T Murphy
Race 3: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.M & R Watts

Race 1: 1.A & E Carter
Races 2 & 3: 1.A & E Carter 2.C Broadbent/P Bramwell

Races 1 & 2: 1.M Brennan 2.C Massey 3.D Hughes
Race 3: 1.M Brennan 2.D Hughes 3 C Massey

Race 1: 1.R Cwik 2.E Coffey
Race 2: 1.R Cwik 2.E Coffey/B Small

Race 1: 1.A Din 2.A Rowland 3.W Rowland
Race 2: 1.E Parry 2.A Din 3.W Rowland
Race 3. 1.A Din 2.E Parry 3.W Rowland