Since 1965

About Us

Rossendale Valley Sailing Club has provided a natural home for watersports enthusiasts since 1965.

Our Club

Facilities

Fabulous sailing venue

Clowbridge Reservoir  is approximately 400m wide by 600m long covering 90 acres.   It is an emergency drinking reservoir, this means that the water is safe, very clean and rarely drained.

Excellent access to the water from our large boat park and rigging areas.

Excellent Modern Clubhouse

Our facilities were completely redeveloped in 2000 following a successful bid to the Sport England Lottery Fund.  The new clubhouse was opened on the 6th of April 2002. The stylish and modern building provides a good atmosphere and superb facilities to club members.

Ample car parking, a landscaped grass rigging area and an on-site boat park all within easy reach of the water’s edge makes access to the water nice and easy.

RYA Training Centre

An integral classroom within the clubhouise provides excellent facilities for hosting the full range of courses offered by the club.  Rossendale Valley Sailing Club is a Recognised Teaching Centre registered with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).  The club provides a wide range of courses to our members.

A wide range of club boats and boards are available for hire.

Vibrant Race Scene

Come and hone your sailing skills in a competitive environment.

Racing is a casual and fun event to encourage sailors of all skill levels to take part.  Fellow members are encouraging and helpful so get involved and see how you do.

“Its the taking part that counts”.

Kid's Club

“Ops n Tops” is our junior sailing club held during the summer months to develop our young talent.  A fleet of Optimist and Topper (hence the name) dinghies provide excellent facilities for learning the skills of the sport in a safe environment.

Boat Hire

The club has an extensive range of boats and boards to hire to members.  Try before you buy to work out which workks best for you.  Members are always eager to let members try out their boats as well

Activities

Dinghy Sailing

RVSC provides an excellent recreational sailing location. The beautiful backdrop of the East Lancashire moors provides an idyllic location for enjoying those balmy summer days.  If excitement is what you are looking for join our windsurfers on those high wind days.

Wednesday evenings and weekends attract most sailing activity.  Excellent boat storage facilities are available on site.

Windsurfing

RVSC is an excellent Windsurfing venue. The reservoir is open 12 months of the year and offers excellent wind conditions.  Because of the exposed aspect at Clowbridge Reservoir it provides consistently the best wind in the surrounding area.  Flat water and early planing boards make progression in the sport much easier.

Paddle Boarding

Try your hand at the latest board sport on our less windy days.

Fishing

Coarse fishing is by arrangement with the club.   Day tickets and Annual Angling membership is available.  Day tickets should be obtained from the clubhouse Please contact the membership secretary to request an application form for annual membership.

Mountain Biking

The moorland around the club is criss-crossed with bridleways and paths and the club provides a key access points to the Pennine Bridleway.

Orienteering & Fell Running

Excellent access to the surrounding moors and the marked Orienteering Course to the footpaths and concessionary bridleways covering the area, or onto the reservoir perimeter path installed in 2001 providing easy walking and access for wheelchairs.

Orienteering maps can be obtained from the clubhouse.

A Club Culture Where Everyone is Welcome. Run by it’s Members, for it’s Members.”

The skills and hard work of club members over the decades has built a club to be proud of.  All members are encouraged to get involved to keep this tradition alive.  With the support of  the RYA, United Utilities and Sport England the future is bright.

Get Involved

Club Management

Sailing Instruction

Boat Maintenance

Grounds Maintenance

Socials

View From the Clubhouse

The club’s weather station provides up-to-date weather readings.

Web camera images provide continuous views from the clubhouse veranda.  Check out activity 24/7.

RVSC Weather Station

Vantage Pro 2 Console and Sensors

These instruments connect directly to the station console. 

The Davis Vantage Pro2.

This station is a mid range cabled station providing data for:

  • atmospheric pressure
  • indoor and outdoor temperature
  • indoor and outdoor humidity
  • windspeed and direction
  • rainfall

The weather station has now been installed at the club, and is displaying live data from the clubhouse. The station comprises four instruments:

  • The combined indoor temperature, humidity and pressure meter
  • The combined outdoor temperature and humidity meter
  • The anemometer and wind direction monitor
  • The rain gauge
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Our Managment Team

The club is “run by its members for its members”.  It is organised by a dedicated team of Committee Members.  The Committee is drawn from volunteer members and comprises Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Hon Treasurer, Hon Secretary and 12 other members tasked with organising the club and its activities.

Mark Girven

Mark Girven

Commodore

I have been a member of RVSC for more than 20 years, in this time i have learned to sail and developed my sailing skills to be a senior instructor at the club as well as a powerboat and keelboat instructor and Club RYA Principal. As Commodore I now have the opportunity to shape the direction of the club and work with the council to plan for the clubs future.

 

David Hudson

David Hudson

Vice Commodore

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Stephen Booth

Stephen Booth

Treasurer

I have been a member or RVSC for 27 years, I have learned and enjoyed the brilliant sport of Windsurfing,  developing my skills and teaching ability to become a Windsurfing Instructor.

I have held numerous roles on the club Council and have been a continuous Council member for over 25 years.

Nigel Platt

Nigel Platt

Secretary

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