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Welcome to Rossendale Valley Sailing Club

You will find in these Members Pages how to make the best of your membership, how to make the best of your chosen sport, how to get involved in your club and how you can contribute to the success  of the Club.

Here you will find racing and events calendars, details of courses and work parties.  Race results and duty rosters will be included as the season progresses.

Announcement: AGM –  3 November 2019

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to provide the best sailing venue in Lancashire by growing our membership to support an active vibrant club run by its members for its members.

We will do this by making the best of our facilities, providing opportunities for members to improve and make an active contribution to the sport.

Our Philosophy

Our aim is to provide a fun, friendly and welcoming environment for members to enjoy and learn their chosen sport.  To provide the encouragement and opportunities to  learn and experience the sport safely and provide the best facilities avaliable to the club.

How to get involved

“A club run by its members for its members”

There is always something that needs doing.  By enlisting members we keep our costs and member’s fees down.  At the same time members get together, get involved and have the satisfaction of playing their part.

Every activity put on by the club only gets there by the goodwill and hard work of the members.  Each member agrees when joining to play their part in the success of the club.  This can be by joining the Committee, joining a Work Party, or just offering to carry out a particular task.  Use the form below to contact a Committee member.

Make the most of Our Facilities

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. 

The clubhouse can be accessed (with a club key) at any time through the rear entrance of the building. From there you can access changing areas and toilets. The lounge and Galley are not accessible except on activity days.

Clubhouse keys – are issued by either the Membership secretary or the Estate Team.  There is a £20 deposit for the keys. You will receive £10 back once they are returned.

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.

As a full or junior member you can leave one boat on the boat park (provided there are spaces available).   The Club has spaces for approximately 80 boats.  Your boat must carry insurance whilst at the club either on the boatpark or on the water.  If no spaces are available a waiting list will be put in place.

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 Training Centre registered with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).  The club provides a wide range of courses to our members.

Members can get involved by becoming an instructor and joining in the many training activities.

We have a large number of boards and boats available for hire. They are hired per 3 hour session depending on availability and support boat cover.

Our Boats include:

4 x Optimist (Oppies) – Ideal for children up to the age of 15. They are a small (7th 9 inches) singe handled boat that are ideal for kids to learn to sail in the hull shape makes them an extremely stable boat almost impossible to capsize.  Cost of £5 per session

4 x Toppers – Ideal for young or novice sailors this 11ft single handed dinghy are an extremely  popular  boat.  Cost of £5 per session

3 x Q’ba – These are a great boat to progress into and can be sailed single handed or with 2 people ideally 2 kids or an adult and 1 child. Cost of £10 per session

2 x Fireflys – These are a good double handed race boat popular with university race teams.  Cost £15 per session

3 x Wayfarer’s – These are the boats we predominately use for teaching at just under 16ft long they can comfortably take 3 adults or a family of 4. Cost of £25 per session

Boards

We have a full range of boards and rigs available at a cost of £10 per 3 hour session or £10 for just rig or just Board.

For use of  Wet Suits and Buoyancy Aids we ask for a donation of £2 each per session.

NOTE : Equipment can only be hired by club members. Minimum qualification is RYA Level 1  for single hander dinghy and RYA Level 2 for double handed dinghy hire. RYA Start Windsurfing for W/S hire.

If hiring on behalf of under eighteen year olds, these are the minimum qualifications that should be held by the supervising adult.

Club equipment can only be used if there is a powerboat on the water.

Hirers and supervising adults must make sure that equipment is correctly put away and sails are dry before stowing.

Use WebCollect to renew and update your membership and book courses and club activities.

Financial transactions with the club will be through WebCollect and you are encouraged to enable direct debit  payments through GoCardless to simplify these payments.

Club Activities & Programs

Club Racing

Club racing is held on Wed evenings and Weekends.  Their is a full calendar of races throughout the year.

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Windsurfing

Windsurfing is a very popular activity at RVSC. The reservoir is open 12 months of the year and offers excellent wind conditions. 

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Social Sailing

If you want to use sailing to escape the stresses of the week or catch up with friends and family then what can be better than social sailing

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Sailability

Sailing is one of the very few sports in which able-bodied sailors and disabled sailors can participate on equal terms.

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Ops n Tops

Ops ‘n’ Tops is a parent supervised kids group that is facilitated by some of our finest sailors. These sessions are specifically aimed at helping the kids to gain confidence and also to have fun whilst sailing, this helps bring the club together as well as teaching the kids to sail.

RYA Training Centre

As an accredited RYA Training Centre via the RYA we are able to offer a range of sailing courses.  The programme is designed to get our members out on the water, be it in a dinghy, on a windsurf board, or assisting with power boating. RYA training is recognised worldwide, and achieving certification enables everyone to pursue their chosen sport outside of the sailing club.

Junior Windsurfing

Our Junior Windsufing Class runs in parallel with Ops n Tops using the club’s equipment to take the kids through the getting started phase to high levels of competance

Club History

The Rossendale Valley Sailing Club has been in existence since 1965. The club was originally constituted as a dinghy club, supporting fleets of enterprise, laser and fireball dinghies.  Following the introduction of windsurfing in the early eighties it was quickly recognised as an ideal inland water to develop this new sport.  The popularity of windsurfing was embraced by the club and a strong windsurfing membership was established.  Increasing club membership and the launch of the National Lottery provided the club with an opportunity to develop. An application to the Sport England Lottery fund was made in 1997.  After a great deal of work by club members the new Clubhouse was opened in April 2002. The excellent facilities now provided are attracting new members to the sports of Windsurfing and Dinghy Sailing.

Volunteer to get involved

Whatever you skills, talents or experience they can always be put to good use to improve your club.

The club is run by a committee of volunteers.  Use this form to get in touch.