Announcement: Coronavirus Update 13 April 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 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 13 April 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)
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|
Changing & Toilets
Changing & Toilets
|Changing, toilets & showers||Open|
|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|
|Government Guidelines||only leave home if it is essential||unlimited exercise outside||
|Indoor Hospitality||Restrictions lifted|
Step 2 Covid-19 Guidance – 12 April 2021
This guidance relates to the circumstances outlined in Government Guidance “Step 2” implemented from 12 April 2021.
From 12 April, the Government has further eased the coronavirus restrictions in England. The guidelines now include:
- Shops are expected to reopen, along with pubs and restaurants (for outdoor dining only).
- Other businesses including hairdressers, libraries and community centres, zoos, and theme parks will reopen.
- Indoor leisure including gyms (for individual use only) will reopen.
- You must continue not to mix with other households indoors.
- Weddings, wakes, and reception of up to 15 people permitted.
- 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.
As we move through each of these steps, it is important that we all remember COVID-19 is still a part of our lives so we must:
- Continue to follow the principles of ‘hands, face, space and ventilation’.
- Follow the COVID-secure measures that remain in place at different stages.
- Get tested when needed – if you cannot work from home, have someone in your household attending or working in education or have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Get vaccinated when offered.
The above guidance can be interpreted that members are able to attend a sailing venue to sail within the overall guidance. The club sets guidance to enable sailing as much as is reasonable within the Government Guidelines and the Phasing Overview above.
- Members only can sail (no day tickets allowed)
- Double handed boats should sail only with members from the same household.
- Social distancing always applies.
- Access to the clubhouse is only by the rear door. This door should be kept closed.
- Access is to the disabled access changing room and toilets only. Showers are NOT to be used.
- Space in the rear hallway is restrictive for 2m distancing. There should only be one person waiting in this hallway for access to the toilet. Others shall wait outside the building observing 2m distancing.
- No access to equipment stored in the clubhouse or containers.
- Support boats may be available at weekends only when there are volunteers available to man it.
- The tractor will only be used to launch and recover the support boat. Operated by the Support Boat Team only
- 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 but can use the disabled access changing room and toilets if necessary. Personal clothing and kit should NOT be left in the disabled access changing room.
- You must have your own barrier/door key to gain access.
- You must ensure that all barriers/doors 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.
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.
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
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 is held on Wed evenings and Weekends. There is a full calendar of races throughout the year.
Windsurfing is a very popular activity at RVSC. The reservoir is open 12 months of the year and offers excellent wind conditions.
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
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.
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
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.