Since 1965

About Us

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

Our Club


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


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.


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

Paddle Boarding is restarting this year.  Contact the Membership Secretary for more information.


Coarse fishing is by arrangement with the club.   Annual Angling membership is available.  Please use the My RVSC link to apply 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.

Regular 5K events are organised for Spring and Autumn.

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


Webcam Images

The clubs webcams can now be viewed using our webcam link.

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

If you are having problems seeing the camera images this is because of recent changes to browser default settings.  Please enable your browser to accept insecure content within our site.

Weather Station

The clubs weather Station data can now be viewed using our weather link.

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