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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: Coronavirus Update 26 February 2021

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.

RVSC CLUB NOTICE – updated 26 February 2021

Covid-19 reopening plan at RVSC

 

A Phased reopening plan to return to sailing – when appropriate and following Government guidelines (please note sailing includes windsurfing, paddle boarding and open top kayaking)

Overview

Step 0 – Country in lockdown, minimal outdoor activity

Step 1.1 – 8 March 2021 – Children return to school.  RVSC still closed.

Step 1.2 – 29 March 2021 – outdoor gatherings allowed rule of 6 applies.  Solo sailing allowed.

Step 2 – 12 April 2021 – non-essential retail open.  Restarting some organised sailing for members – Possibly limited access to clubhouse.

Step 3 – More social contact.  Further access and services available in Clubhouse

Step 4 – Restrictions lifted.  Return to standard operating plans.  RYA training restarts

Internal Step 0 and Step 1.1 Step 1 2 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
When? Now and from 8 March 2021 29 March 2021 12 April 2021 17 May 2021 21 June 2021
Water Access Closed All day All day All Day All Day
Clubhouse Closed Closed

Changing & Toilets

(Disabled Change)

Changing, toilets & showers Open
General Sailing No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Safety Boat No No Weekend Weekend & Wed Weekend & Wed
Club Racing No No unsupported (Wed) Yes (Wed) Yes
Ops & Tops No No No Yes (casual by arrangement) Yes
Galley No No No External service Yes
RYA Training No No No No Yes
Open Meets No No No Maybe Yes
Government Guidelines only leave home if it is essential unlimited exercise outside

Non-essential retail.

Hospitality outdoors

Indoor Hospitality Restrictions lifted

Step 1.2 Covid-19 Guidance – 29 March 2021

This guidance relates to the circumstances outlined in Government Guidance “Step 1” implemented from 29 March 2021.

From 29 March, the Government has further eased the coronavirus restrictions in England. The guidelines now include:

  • People are permitted to leave their homes and travel for exercise and recreation.
  • All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways are permitted, including: sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority).
  • Sport facilities can open, and people can visit venues like a sailing club to exercise.
  • Where possible people should continue to follow social distancing guidance by staying two metres apart. If this is not possible, a distance of at least one metre (1m+) should be observed, provided the risk of infection is mitigated by taking other precautions. This includes measures such as: avoiding being face-to-face with people outside of your household or support bubble, use of face coverings where social distancing is not possible and avoiding crowds.
  • People that live alone or are single parents with dependent children can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to act as if they live in the same household. Support bubbles should be exclusive, meaning they cannot be switched to another household or multiple households.
  • Groups of up to two people from different households can meet in outdoor spaces following social distancing guidelines.
  • Two households (support bubbles count as one household) can meet in any location – public or private, indoors, or outdoors – provided those from different households continue to follow social distancing guidelines (two metres apart where possible).

 

Club Guidance

The above guidance it can be interpreted that members are able to attend a sailing venue to sail within the overall guidance.

  • Members only can sail (no day tickets allowed)
  • Double handed boats should sail only with members from the same household
  • Social distancing always applies
  • No access to the clubhouse.
  • No access to changing rooms showers toilets or equipment stored in the clubhouse or containers.
  • There will be no support boats available.
  • Club boats shall not be used.
  • Organised sailing (racing, training and Ops and Tops) will not be available.
  • Members should arrive dressed for sailing were possible and should where necessary change discretely.
  • You must have your own barrier key to gain access.
  • You must ensure that all barriers remain closed whilst on site and once you leave.
  • Members shall leave the site immediately after sailing session.
  • Boat maintenance is not permitted. Boats shall be removed for repair.

 

Events Calendar

 

The events calendar provides details of all the club’s  activities and events.  it will be updated throughout the year so visit regularly to keep up to date.

 

The calendar is hosted on Google Calendar.

 

Click on the event you are interested in for more information or to add it to your own calendar app.

 

If you wish to include all these events in your calendar app use the + link included at the bottom of the calendar

Please be aware that all planned courses in 2021 are conditional on the Pandemic situation. Courses will be advertised on the club website 4 weeks before they are to take place.

 

 

 

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.  There 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 and contact the Commodore

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.