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





Gearing up for the 2015 sailing season

Whilst we are currently in the midst of our winter break it doesn’t mean nothing is happening at HLSC.

A group of our dedicated members are currently upgrading the Starters’ Box including the installation of a more modern race starting / finishing system. ¬†Then on Wednesday evenings we continue to run a varied social programme.

However it’s now just over a month before our 2015 sailing season starts on Sunday 1st March.

Other notable dates for this year include:

  • Sunday 10 May – Push The Boat Out / Open Day
  • Sunday 17 May – GP14 Open Meeting
  • Sunday 14 June – Laser Open Meeting
  • Saturday 4 July & Sunday 5 July – Solo Northern Championship
  • Sunday 20 September – Bart’s Bash 2
  • Saturday 26 September & Sunday 27 September – Merlin Rocket Open Meeting
  • Saturday 17 October & Sunday 18 October – GP14 End Of Season Championship



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